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David Hinchliffe

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Partner and Head of Sport


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)


Within: Sport

Based in Leeds, Walker Morris LLP leaves clients 'extremely satisfied' with its service; transactional work involving football clubs is a particular strength, though it also handles litigation and is active in sports such as boxing. 'Extremely knowledgeable, approachable and pragmatic dealmakerDavid Hinchliffe is 'a stand-out partner' and heads the group, acting for NF Football Investments on its £30m purchase of Nottingham Forest FC (as well as on all the club's transfer window activity in 2017), and advising Renhe Sports Management on its purchase of a 75% stake in Reading FC for more than £50m. He assisted Amir Khan with the re-launch of his career, including sponsorship deals and media appearances. Leeds United FC instructed the team in regulatory appeal proceedings against the FA. Other football club clients include Crystal Palace, Sheffield Wednesday and Bolton Wanderers.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

Walker Morris LLP is ‘an outstanding insolvency firm in Leeds’ that ‘receives top marks across the board’ and combines ‘a strong understanding of the field with unbeatable pragmatism and a client-oriented approach’. Department head Simon Clark is ‘a brilliant problem solver and incredible intellectual’; he focuses on non-contentious corporate recovery and turnaround matters and recently acted for NorthEdge on the restructuring of Help-Link. The team also includes David Hinchliffe, who has a niche specialism in football club finance work; John Roche, who handles claims for insolvency practitioners against company directors; asset-based lending expert Duncan Lole, non-contentious-focused Michael Taylor and Gawain Moore, who regularly works on cross-border insolvencies. Senior associates Sarah MacAuley and Olivia Robinson are also names to note. Moore acted for Begbies Traynor as liquidators of Changtel Solutions and Roche assisted BHP Corporate Solutions as liquidator of Topps Rogers Financial Management. Endless, Deloitte and KPMG are also clients.

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


Within: Leading individuals

David Hinchliffe - Walker Morris LLP

Within: Sport

‘A leading firm in Yorkshire for sport law’, Walker Morris LLP provides ‘a superior service with high-grade individuals who have a strong reputation in the market’. Clients single out team head David Hinchliffe as ‘a standout lawyer who is incredibly streetwise and knows how to put a deal together and deliver a completion’. The ‘knowledgeable, approachable and pragmatic’ Hinchliffe focuses on football work and advises various clubs and investors; he recently advised NF Football Investments on its purchase of Nottingham Forest Football Club, acted for Renhe Sports Management on its purchase of a 75% stake in The Reading Football Club and assisted Nigel Travis and Eagle Investments 2017 with its purchase of a majority stake in Leyton Orient Football Club. The team also handled sponsorship and fight agreements for Amir Khan relating to his career comeback in 2018. Director Alistair McHenry and senior associate Liz Coley are rated as ‘a pair of first-rate litigators’. Also recommended are senior associate Katie Reed (‘an outstanding young lawyer’) and 'excellent' associate Geoff Cunningham, who is ‘attentive to clients' needs’.

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