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David Hinchliffe

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Work +44 (0)786 657 0822
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Web:
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Walker Morris LLP

Work Department

Sport

Position

Partner and Head of Sport

Career

Having come from a background of football restructuring, David has developed specialist expertise advising on the acquisitions and disposals of football clubs, acting for both buyers and sellers, and is well regarded as one of the key advisers in the country in this field. David has advised on three Premier League and five Championship sales/purchases in the past few months alone (completing five sales/purchases in the past twelve months).

David and the team were recently described by Legal 500 as being “singled out for providing advice that is always tailored to clients needs”.

David enjoys living the highs and lows with his clients and is truly part of the clients’ team. He fights hard for his clients and strongly believes that if his client loses then he loses. He prides himself on always being readily accessible to his clients. He seeks not only to give the very best legal advice but also sees it as his duty to find solutions to problems and is recognised as being “sharp, to the point, and does not take prisoners.” (Chambers UK). Having him as part of your team hugely increases your chance of success.


London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Sport

Within: Sport

While predominantly acting for football clubs and private investors, the sports team at Walker Morris LLP also frequently advises on the selling and purchase of clubs or shareholdings in clubs, as well as sponsorship deals, commercial agreements, partnership agreements and disputes between clubs, often concerning compensation claims, or between individuals and governing bodies. Corporate partner David Hinchliffe represents Premier League and EFL clubs, and has a niche in advising clearing banks, stadium companies and debt funds on financial activity in relation to football, including takeovers. Senior associate Katie Reed, who previously worked in-house at Manchester City FC, recently advised two football clubs on major shirt sponsorship deals.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

Walker Morris LLP acts on national restructuring and insolvency matters for funders, corporates and administrators. Alongside the team's traditional lender client base and strength in the financial services sector, it has seen an increase in instructions from debt funds and private equity clients. Simon Clark and Duncan Lole jointly lead the practice, which also includes David Hinchliffe, who has a particular focus on finance work for football clubs. The team also includes consultant John Roche, senior associate Sarah MacAuley  - who handles contentious insolvency matters - and senior associate Olivia Robinson, an expert in the financial services and regulated sectors.

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

Sport

Within: Leading individuals

David Hinchliffe - Walker Morris LLP

Within: Sport

The sports group at Walker Morris LLP assists with the full range of issues from commercial and contractual matters, including sponsorship deals and transfer agreements, to real estate issues, disputes, disciplinary hearings, club acquisitions and disposals and other corporate and finance mandates. It has experience assisting clients in football, boxing, equestrian sports and cricket as well as investors. David Hinchliffe heads up the practice which includes commercial property partner Jeremy Moore and directors Shakeel Dad and Alistair McHenry, who specialise in employment law and disputes respectively. Senior associates Katie Reed and Liz Coley also have significant experience in the sector.

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