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Beswicks Legal’s sports department advises on a range of contractual, regulatory, sponsorship and commercial issues, with a particular focus on football and cricket. Gary Mellor heads the team and recently acted for a high-profile athlete with regards to the re-negotiation of his player contract and image rights licensing with his current club. Other partners in the team include Tim Bailey, who assisted a Premier League club with a major transfer involving the negotiation of an image rights licence, and managing partner and head of the corporate and commercial practice Nick Phillips. The practice was recently strengthened by the arrival of solicitor and litigation expert Sean O’Toole from Gowling WLG, where he co-founded and managed the sports group. Gareth Wilkinson is also recommended.

At Wright Hassall LLP, senior partner Richard Lane is an experienced litigator with a strong specialism in acting for sporting bodies. His previous experience includes acting for the British Equestrian Federation and British Showjumping in an appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in connection with a relegation from a major tournament, and advising sports governing bodies with regards to regulations and disciplinary proceedings, including those involving drug abuse by competitors.

Gowling WLG handles media transactions, sponsorships and sports marketing matters, disputes, and regulatory and funding issues for sports-sector clients. James Gordon leas the practice and specialises in contentious matters in the motorsports sector. The firm is continuing to advise a city council on a major historic inquest and acts for a company fronted by a prominent sports personality on privacy issues, sponsorship agreements, and passing-off and malicious falsehood claims. Commercial dispute specialist Andrew Nugent Smith is defending a group of retired athletes in connection with tax issues arising from investments made into financial schemes. Sean O’Toole left to join Beswicks Legal, and Jonathan Riley joined Memery Crystal LLP in London.

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s team is now led by associate Richard Rowe following Bruce Ralston’s move to Weightmans LLP. Rowe defends governing bodies, clubs and event organisers in personal injury claims in the sporting arena. Past work has included defending Bedford Town FC in a claim by a player who sustained injuries during a semi-professional match, and regularly advises clients on regulatory issues.

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