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Ian Lynam

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Northridge Law

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Ian maintains a broad sports practice covering financial regulation (salary caps and financial fair play), mergers and acquisitions, financing, governance, integrity, rules and regulations, sponsorship agreements, transfers, player contracts and image rights. Ian has a particular expertise in the use of data in sport and sits on the board of STATSports as a non-executive director.

Recent experience includes representing AC Milan on their successful FFP appeal at CAS, advising Farhad Moshiri on his investment in Everton FC, advising Puma on sponsorship agreements, advising Premiership Rugby on a wide range of regulatory issues and advising some of the highest profile individuals in football including Dele Alli, Kevin de Bruyne, Neymar, Thierry Henry, Raheem Sterling, Cesc Fabregas and Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain.


2017 – Present: Founding Partner, Northridge Law LLP
2010 – 2017: Partner, Charles Russell Speechlys
2007 – 2010: Associate, Charles Russell Speechlys
2004 – 2007: Associate, Slaughter and May
2003 – 2004: Associate, Arthur Cox (Dublin)
2000 – 2003: Trainee, Arthur Cox (Dublin)


English, French (basic), Irish (basic)


Law Society of Ireland
New York State Bar Association
British Association for Sport and Law
Co-chair International Forum of Sports Law


Kings College London, Postgraduate Certificate in Sports Law (2006)
University College Dublin, Bachelor Civil Law (1999)

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Leading individuals

Ian Lynam - Northridge Law

Within: Sport

Founded in 2017, sports boutique¬†Northridge Law¬†attracts a range of impressive, high-profile work across a range of sports. It comprises market-leading partners and senior associates who had previously been at Charles Russell Speechlys. The 'highly knowledgeable, experienced'¬†Jonathan Ellis¬†is, according to some clients, 'simply the best sports litigator there is'; 'no one has a greater knowledge and experience of regulatory football work'. Ellis and¬†'really impressive operator'¬†James Eighteen, who is 'a calm, reassuring presence', continued to¬†advise the Independent Review Panel ‚Äď a commission set up by various global tennis governing bodies, including the ATP, Tennis Australia and the French Tennis Federation ‚Äď on its high-profile tennis integrity review, begun in 2016 following allegations of match-fixing.¬†'Real go-to adviser' Jon Walters¬†advised the Football Association (FA) on its governance reform. 'Exceptional', 'incredibly well connected' football expert¬†Ian Lynam¬†has 'an engaging personality', and is 'one of the country's foremost experts in commercial sports matters and image rights cases'; he also has a strong line in sports data work. The British Horseracing Authority (BHA), the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), Chelsea FC and individuals such as Dele Alli and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are among the firm's client roster. Managing associates¬†Ben Rees¬†and¬†Paul Shapiro¬†are highly active.

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