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Jon Walters

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Work 020 3957 8810
Email:
Northridge Law

Work Department

Corporate/Commercial

Position

Jon is a founding partner at Northridge, providing commercial and corporate advice to clients.

He has a particular focus on the sports sector, acting for governing bodies, teams, agencies and brands. Governance is a specialism, with a recent highlight being acting for The FA on its governance reforms. Jon also has broad commercial rights experience, having acted for leading sports brands for many years on team and athlete sponsorships. He also has considerable experience advising on structural changes in sport due to his mix of corporate law and commercial expertise – for example, advising the WRU on its reset of the professional regional game in Wales, the launch of the Hockey Pro League for the FIH, and the RFL’s recent reforms to the Super League structure.

Jon’s experience beyond sport is wide and varied. He has acted for technology businesses, consumer retail brands, telecoms infrastructure providers and private equity houses. A particular passion is supporting emerging businesses using technology to disrupt their market, often in the sport and entertainment sector. This advice spans fundraising and investment, day-to-day commercial matters, and M&A work on exit by founders.

Career

2017 – Present: Founding Partner, Northridge Law LLP
2015 – 2017: Partner, Charles Russell Speechlys
2013 – 2015: Senior Associate, Charles Russell Speechlys
2007 – 2013: Associate, Charles Russell Speechlys
2005 – 2007: Trainee, Charles Russell Speechlys

Languages

English

Member

British Association for Sports and Law
Editorial Board Member – LawInSport
Independent Disputes Panel Member – British Fencing

Education

BASL De Montfort PGDL in Sports Law – 2012. Distinction.
College of Law – LPC, 2005. Distinction.
College of Law – GDL, 2004. Distinction.
Warwick University – History, BA Hons, 2003. 1st class


London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Sport

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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