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Mills & Reeve LLP has an accomplished sports regulatory practice, which is led from Manchester but calls on expertise in the Cambridge and Norwich offices. The firm handles image rights, tax and private client matters for for high-profile sports personalities and teams, particularly in football. It also provides in-depth knowledge of technology and intellectual property issues. Greg Gibson in Norwich, who handles commercial and IP matters, and tax adviser Chris Belcher in Cambridge are the key contacts. Principal associate Richard Plaistowe is a key adviser on IP matters. Cambridge-based associate Edward Hadcock  is a member of the regulatory, public law and dispute resolution teams, and he gives 'consistently clear advice' on matters such as GDPR. He provides specialist commercial support for athletes and sports organisations, including advice on image rights and representation. He was part of a cross-office team that helped Liverpool and England footballer James Milner establish a sports agency focusing on young, up-and-coming golfers.

The sports practice at Leathes Prior has a national presence through its Full Contact online portal, which provides a range of services for sports clubs, regulatory bodies and sporting professionals. Among the highlights from last year was the transfer of non-league football player Cohen Bramall from Evo-Stik Northern Premier League club Hednesford Town to Arsenal. Employment partner Dan Chapman leads the practice and he is an active FA Registered Intermediary who deals with professional players and football clubs in contract negotiations and transfers. He is also one of the few solicitors who regularly represents clients sports tribunals. He has also appeared before the Motor Sports Council National Court, and has frequently acted for motor racing teams at all levels of the sport (including Formula 1, F2, GP3 and F3), as well as for racing drivers. Former head of motorsport Barry Mears left the firm to become head of the MBP Driver Academy at Mark Blundell Partners.

Steeles Law has strong relationships with clients in the motor industry, which leads to high-quality instructions relating to motorsport. The practice led by corporate partner Nigel Lubbock is also seeing a growing number of instructions from clients in sports such as rowing and cycling, which include the negotiation of contracts, branding and sponsorship agreements. He recently acted for a manufacturer of parts for Formula 1 and World Rally teams on the distribution of its products. He also acts for a World Rally racing driver in the negotiation of driving contracts and sponsorship deals. Employment law specialist Oliver Brabbins regularly advises high-profile individuals in motorsport and cycling on contracts and engagements. Head of corporate Richard Bailey handles instructions from clients involved in competitive sailing and water-related sports, which include the development of new technologies for these sports. Barrister Tom Bailey moved to Ashtons Legal.

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