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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Jason Saiban

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Retail and leisure, sport, technology, media and telecommunications; commercial.


Jason is a commercial contracts specialist, with a focus on TMT, sport, and retail and leisure. In TMT, he has particular expertise in outsourcing, managed services, logistics, procurement and licensing, and acts for a number of software developers and procurers of technology. In sport, Jason has significant experience in sponsorship, digital media, merchandising, endorsements and event management work. He is the relationship partner for a number of the firm’s key sports clients, ranging from international sports brands to leading sports agencies. His retail practice is focused on franchising, distribution, supply and logistics. Clients in the retail space include brands, restaurant chains and manufacturers. Jason’s client base ranges from large multinationals to start-ups and entrepreneurs. He regularly speaks at conferences, particularly on sponsorship matters.


Visiting lecturer at De Montfort University on sports contract matters.


Director and secretary of the British Association for Sports and Law; head of the AEL (Association of European Lawyers) Sports Law Special Interest Group.

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's market-leading reputation for sports law makes the area one of the bedrocks of its commercial contracts practice. The firm's offering in this space was bolstered by the arrival of the team from commercial sports law boutique Couchmans following a high-profile merger in January 2018; Nic Couchman, Nick White Jody MacDonald and Satish Khandke moved across. A group including practice head Jason Saiban, Megan Paul (who was hired in 2017 from Mayer Brown International LLP ) and associate Richard Davies acts as Nike's primary legal advisers in the UK; recent work included assisting the client with the rollout of its cutting-edge omnichannel offering and assisting with event staging arrangements for the World Championships in Athletics 2017. Elsewhere, the firm also has an outstanding reputation in the retail and TMT sectors, as is evidenced by the fact that its client roster includes names such as Westfield, Harrods and ITV. David Berry handles commercial contracts with a nexus to the IT, financial services and energy/natural resources sectors. He also heads up the firm's cleantech and renewables group, and has also developed an interest in the role of technology across a wide range of industries. Jaclyn Wilkins and Mark Bailey are other key figures. Ian Lynam and Jon Walters departed for Northridge Law.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

The ‚Äėtop-quality‚Äô team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP¬†has a wide range of expertise spanning¬†advertising and marketing, gaming, social media, interactive content, and film and TV. Commercial department head Jason Saiban¬†leads on marketing and advertising work and handles contentious and non-contentious instructions for media, retail and sports clients; and highlights include advising Wagamama on its media activities; and advising social and interactive media experts MBM on digital media agreements. Paul Stone¬†advises media sector clients on competition and regulatory issues and advises ITV, with senior counsel Mark Moncreiffe, on a range of corporate, commercial, dispute resolution and competition matters. Consultant media litigator Duncan Lamont¬†acted for various celebrity claimants in the group voicemail interception litigation against News Group Newspapers regarding the unlawful gathering of private and confidential information through voicemail interception. NCSOFT, Nike, Westfield, Paddy Power and YouView are also clients. Mark Howard¬†and Mark Bailey¬†head the TMT sector group, which includes senior associate Jaclyn Wilkins, who handles commercial and IP instructions and is particularly active in the computer games and interactive media sectors. Jon Walters¬†has joined Northridge Law.

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Within: Sport

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's 'extremely strong' department underwent significant transformation in 2017-'18: although it lost Jonathan Ellis, Ian Lynam, Jon Walters and James Eighteen to Northridge Law, it absorbed the team at Couchmans LLP, including well-regarded sports veteran Nic Couchman, digital, data and IP expert Jody MacDonald and corporate and commercial partner Satish Khandke. Couchman heads the group jointly with the 'extremely accomplished' Jason Saiban, who advised Nike European Operations Netherlands on marketing contracts as well as on event-staging arrangements relating to the World Championships in Athletics in London. Litigator Edward Craig, who is a regulatory equestrian specialist, assisted the British Horseracing Authority with rewriting its rulebook. MacDonald advised the ITF on broadcasting, data and sponsorship issues, and acted for the European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) on agreements involving the collecting and commercialising of live match data. Other clients include Ascot Racecourse, Football DataCo and CSM Sport & Entertainment. Senior associate Stephanie Bonnello is 'an excellent sports litigator'; Nick White is an IP and digital expert who has advised numerous high-profile sportspeople.

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