Media, entertainment and sport in East Anglia

Stobbs IP

Stobbs IP in Cambridge ‘operates differently to conventional lawyers, working collaboratively on creative solutions to problems, providing tailored advice and strategic input, which is highly valued‘. The firm advises a stellar roster of sports, entertainment and media clients, among them Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp, Harry Kane’s management company HK28 Ltd, and Pharrell Williams. Principal Julius Stobbs and team head Chris Sleep are key contacts for IP matters, particularly in relation to brand protection. The vastly experienced Geoff Steward, who advised UEFA on an international ambush marketing enforcement programme in relation to the delayed Euro 2020 and Women’s Euro 2022 tournaments, is a key adviser on IP disputes. Chris Hawkes is recommended for design rights and copyright matters.

Practice head(s):

Julius Stobbs

Other key lawyers:

Chris Sleep; Geoff Steward; Chris Hawkes

Key clients


AB InBev

AG Barr

Air Partner

All England Netball Association

All Saints



Automobil Lamborghini SPA

Automobile Club de l’Ouest

Balfour Beatty


Beiersdorf (Nivea etc.)

Berry Bros

Big Potato Ltd

Big Wave Brands

British Toy & Hobby Association


Brown Forman (Jack Daniels etc)



Cambridge University Press & Assessment

Cancer Research UK

Capri Sun GmbH

Channel 4

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Chiaro Technology

Citco Converse

Clear Score Technology Limited

Combe International (Vagisil)

Conde Nast

Cumberland Corporate Services Limited (Tower Records)


District Financial Limited


Dr. Martens


Duke University


Energizer Holdings Inc.

England and Wales Cricket Board

Entain plc

Eton College

Faber & Faber

Facebook (Meta)

Federal Mogul


Fine and Country

Five Mile Films

Foo Fighters / Dave Grohl

Ford Models

Ford Motor Co.

Fred Astaire (estate of)

Garrard & Company (jewellers)

General Mill


GLD Group (Umbro)



Work highlights

  • Advising UEFA on international ambush marketing enforcement programme in relation to the delayed Euro 2020 and Women’s Euro 2022 tournaments.
  • Advising Jagex in relation to a trade mark infringement and inducement to breach contract dispute, as part of the implementation of a global brand strategy to improve protection of its key brand assets and content.
  • Advising HK28 Ltd on a broad range of commercial agreements, including in respect of image and television rights, and endorsement and sponsorship deals.


Fosters has a dedicated sports practice in its Norwich office, where former head of Legal at Norwich City Football Club Plc Jamie Arnall has utilised his in-house expertise to attract a diverse roster of clients. Arnall remains a key adviser to the football club, as well as to The Basketball League Limited, Nottingham Forest FC and NVA Sports & Entertainment Group. Associate Charlotte Darkins, who is a key member of the firm’s business and commercial practice, frequently advises sports clients on IP matters.

Practice head(s):

Jamie Arnall

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Darkins


‘We are fortunate to be able to call upon an extremely knowledgeable team at Fosters, who handle every interaction in detail and expediently. They regularly go over and above in terms of what could reasonably be expected both in terms of their advice/guidance but also in achieving any urgent timescales as necessary – often working outside of normal hours to do so. We receive incredible value for money via their ‘In house retainer’ service.’

‘We are fortunate to work closely with Jamie Arnall and Charlotte Darkins, who look after us amazingly well but the entire team at Fosters treat every interaction as though you are their most important client. We have worked with various legal advisors over the years but consider the team at Fosters as an integral part of our future ambitious plans.’

Key clients

The Basketball League Limited

Nottingham Forest Football Club Limited

Norwich City Football Club Plc

NVA Sports & Entertainment Group Limited