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Peter D G McCormick OBE

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Corporate/commercial (including sports law, media/entertainment and intellectual property); dispute resolution; charities.


Peter McCormick is the Senior Partner at McCormicks. He is an internationally recognised expert in Sports and Media and Entertainment Law. He is described by "Business Insider" Magazine as one of the "corporate elite" of Yorkshire and ranked as one of the most powerful business figures in the region.

Regarded as one of the top sports lawyers in the UK, Peter is best known as the Chairman of the Legal Advisory Group of the Premier League and Chairman of the League’s Football Board, both Executive positions. In August 2015, he was unanimously elected by the 20 Clubs of the League to be the League's nominated Director of the Football Association (F.A.), a member of the F.A. Council and a member of the Professional Game Board of the F.A. Prior to these appointments, he was Chairman of the Premier League 2014/15.

Peter now holds a number of significant appointments at the F.A., including: 

Vice Chairman; Chairman of the F.A. Group Remuneration Committee; Chairman of the Judicial Panel Monitoring Group and Chairman of the Panel of International Ambassadors, representing England at matches away from Wembley. 

He is also a member of the Football Regulatory Authority (elected by the Premier League and the Professional Game Board of the F.A.), which performs the Regulatory, Disciplinary and Rule-making functions of the F.A.; the Finance Sub-Committee; the F.A. Challenge Cup Committee and the F.A. Council Membership and Appointments Committee. 

In July 2016 he was appointed Chairman of FA Premier League Medical Care Scheme Ltd, a private health insurance scheme operated for the benefit of the 92 Premier League and EFL Clubs. 

Peter Chairs Tribunals and Appeals for the League, Football Association and Professional Game Match Officials Ltd. He is Chairman of Football Stadia Improvement Fund Ltd, a Trustee of the Football Foundation (the UK’s largest sporting charity) and a Chairman of Sport Resolutions (UK). He is also an experienced Arbitrator and Mediator.

He advises businesses, organisations and individuals on Corporate and Commercial, Commercial Litigation, Media and Entertainment, Regulatory and Disciplinary, Defamation and Reputation Management issues.

Peter is also a leading national figure in Charities Law. He advises charity clients on a local and regional basis and also national charities, including The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and The Outward Bound Trust. He is Chairman of the Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation, Chairman of War Memorials Trust and a Trustee of the Helen Feather Memorial Trust and several other charities. He is also Chairman of the Fundraising Support Group for the Royal Horticultural Society's Northern Garden at Harlow Carr, Harrogate. 

He was awarded the OBE for services to charity on 1 January 2000. He was awarded the Order of Mercy, in July 2016, by the League of Mercy Foundation, for outstanding voluntary service.

Peter was voted the inaugural Yorkshire Lawyer of the Year and Niche Practice Lawyer of the Year by the Yorkshire Law Societies. 

He was the inaugural Chairman of Visit Harrogate, the Destination Management Organisation for business and leisure tourism in the Harrogate district, one of the largest in the country.

In 2008, Peter received the Lifetime Achievement in Business Award at the Ackrill Media Group Business Awards.


Founded McCormicks 1983.




King’s College, London (1973 LLB Hons); president of the Law Society; chairman of Entertainments; College of Law, Chester (Honours with distinctions in Revenue and Commercial Law).

London: Dispute resolution


Within: Mediators

McCormicks' senior partner Peter McCormick OBE, who heads the sports and media and entertainment practice at the firm, is highly rated for his mediation work in relation to sport.

Within: Mediators - ranked: tier 5

Peter McCormick OBE - McCormicks

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Professional discipline

Within: Professional discipline

McCormicks is particularly well known for its disciplinary and regulatory work in the football world. The practice also regularly assists with SRA investigations and SDT defence work. Peter McCormick OBE is senior partner; Philip Edmondson is commercial litigation services head; Peter Minnikin acts in disciplinary matters involving medical practitioners, physiotherapists and the Yorkshire Agricultural Society; and senior associate Sara Morgan represents National Pharmacy Association members in professional discipline cases.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Leading individuals

Peter McCormick - McCormicks

Within: Sport

McCormicks' sports team predominantly carry out full-service work for the Premier League, the Isthmian Football League and a number of well-known football and rugby clubs, handling high-profile disputes, sponsorship and contractual agreements and compliance with international regulatory standards. More broadly the team represents shoot proprietors and cycling clients, such as Paul Lamb Racing, advising on compliance and approval applications. Practice head Peter McCormick has longstanding connections with the Premier League, while corporate partner Jon Healey handles a high volume of forward financing work for clubs. Philip Edmondson manages the firm's litigation portfolio for sporting clients.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire

Within: Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire

McCormicks is frequently instructed by a range of high-net-worth individuals, local SMEs and large corporates, particularly in the sport, hospitality and leisure sectors. Jon Healey heads up the team and specialises in transactions with complex finance arrangements, while Peter McCormick has significant sports sector expertise.

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EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

McCormicks leverages its sports expertise to advise high-profile clients in the sector on competition issues, most notably The Premier League. The team is led by Philip Edmondson, who handles both contentious and non-contentious matters. Senior partner Peter McCormick also takes a lead role on much of the firm's most significant work.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Within: Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Harrogate-based firm McCormicks is recognised for its representation of sports sector clients, which includes participants and regulators. The team has experience handling a range of contentious matters including contractual claims, construction disputes, debt recovery issues, professional negligence matters and contentious probate work. Beyond the sports sector, the group is growing its digital sector expertise with several new client wins. Philip Edmondson leads the department alongside senior partner Peter McCormick.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

McCormicks’ agriculture and rural affairs team has a well-established roster of clients in Yorkshire, advising on a number of substantial estates. The firm prides itself on its commercial approach, and aims to helps its clients create and manage new income flows by assisting in the diversification of their property. Peter McCormick heads the practice, which is active within the Agricultural Law Association and the Charity Law Association.

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Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

McCormicks' charity and not-for-profit team offers the full range of services to clients, advising on matters relating to asset transfers, property issues, sponsorship agreements, procurement and commercial litigation. Practice head Peter McCormick continues to act as a trustee for many charities, including the Football Foundation, which which receives millions of pounds of funding from the Premier League, the Football Association and the Government to deliver community projects at grassroots level.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate

McCormicks continues to advise trustees, settlors, beneficiaries, attorneys and deputies in relation to planning and administration of estates and court of protection matters. The firm has a longstanding relationship with the Premier League, for which it provides advice on trust structures intended to protect young and wealthy players. Peter McCormick and Elaine Lightfoot are the key lawyers in the practice.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Known particularly for its sport,  media and entertainment sectors expertise, the intellectual property practice at McCormicks assists clients with the protection and monetisation of their IP rights. The group also acts for several clients in the retail sector and is increasingly being instructed by start-ups. Corporate and commercial lawyer Jon Healey heads up the team, while name partner Peter McCormick is a key name to note, particularly for sports sector work.

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Within: Leading individuals

Peter McCormick - McCormicks

Within: Sport

McCormicks has impressive sport sector expertise and an enviable client roster spanning several sports including football, cricket and professional cycling; the group is particularly well-regarded for football-related work and is instructed by leading clubs and leagues in the UK and abroad. Senior partner Peter McCormick heads up the practice and has a reputation as one of the pre-eminent sports lawyers in the UK. Philip Edmondson and Heather Roberts are other names to note and handle a range of litigation and commercial property issues respectively, while senior associate Sara Morgan focuses on employment law matters.

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