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A ‘well-established firm with a solid reputation’, McCormicks continues to act for the Premier League on a wide range of matters, including successfully representing the organisation in a challenge brought by HMRC concerning the Football Creditor Rules. Other clients include the Ryman Isthmian Football League and Leeds United FC. Peter McCormick ‘has been a leader in the field for many years’.

Walker Morris LLP’s group is singled out for providing ‘advice that is always tailored to clients’ needs’. Led by David Hinchcliffe, who specialises in football club finance, the group is often instructed by football club owners such as Sheffield Wednesday FC and Crystal Palace FC. It also advises financial institutions, including Cantor Fitzgerald Europe. Senior associate Katie Reed ‘will go the extra mile to ensure a good result’.

Jointly led by Chris Allen and associate Andrew Boyde, Blacks Solicitors LLP provides ‘a very high level of service’ on a wide range of sports law matters, including sports injury. Former practice head Stephen Lownsbrough has retired.

Clarion’s multidisciplinary team is led by IP head Leigh Martin, who advises on image rights agreements with players, as well as endorsement and advertising issues. Clients include the British Grand Prix venue Silverstone Circuit.

Front Row Legal’s Richard Cramer specialises in dispute resolution matters for high-profile clients. The firm also handles sponsorship, merchandising and player remuneration matters.

HLW Keeble Hawson’s cross-departmental team is led by Giles Searby, whose client base includes Southampton FC, Sheffield Wednesday FC and Sheffield Eagles. Although it primarily acts for sports clubs, the group also advises specialist sports companies and individuals.

Shulmans’ multidisciplinary practice is headed by Rob Lucas, who acts for national and international clients. Lucas led the team advising BDO Events on a wide range of matters concerning the client’s organisation of UK and overseas darts tournaments, including branding and trade mark issues, sponsorship and merchandising matters.

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