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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.

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


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The sports department at Walker Morris LLP is particularly strong regarding football and has been involved in a number of club takeovers in recent times. As an example, the team advised Eleonora Sport Limited on the purchase of shareholdings in Leeds United FC and assisted Inner Circle Investments with the purchase of Bolton Wanderers FC. Finance expert David Hinchliffe leads the team and is β€˜well connected’, β€˜shrewd and a problem-solver’. A contentious highlight for the team was advising Crystal Palace Football Club in its dispute with former manager Tony Pulis for leaving at the start of the 2014-15 season, in which a Premier League Tribunal decision to award the Club damages of Β£3.77m plus costs was upheld on appeal. The team has also been advising a Premier League club on a large kit supply dispute. Senior associate Katie Reed and associate Geoff Cunningham also come recommended.

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