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Beswicks Legal’s team, which is led by Gary Mellor, has handled a number of matters for a leading Premier League football club. The department has also represented two other professional football clubs in talks with potential investors, and acted for several Premier League players and England international cricketers in various matters. Tim Bailey is another key contact.

Wright Hassall LLP’s team has represented British Showjumping and British Dressage, Archery GB and the British Parachute Association. Richard Lane and Christine Jackson are key contacts.

Gowling WLG’s clients include high-profile athletes and sports teams, such as Hugo Lloris, Jenson Button and Worcestershire County Cricket Club, and professional bodies, such as Rugby Football Union. The heads of department are James Gordon, who specialises in contentious matters, and Jonathan Riley, who focuses on non-contentious aspects.

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s practice is headed by Bruce Ralston*, who focuses on sports liability claims. Associate Richard Rowe defends sports-related claims on behalf of governing bodies and clubs, and also advises on health and safety prosecutions. *Since publication, Bruce Ralston has moved to Weightmans LLP.

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    On 3 December 2010, Ofcom published its final statement setting out its analysis of the state of competition in the wholesale broadband access (WBA) market and the measures it is taking to protect consumers in situations where competition alone is insufficient. 

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