Sport in East Anglia
The national sports team at Mills & Reeve LLP is led from Manchester and London but the Cambridge and Norwich offices house significant expertise in regulatory matters, image rights, tax and private client matters. The firm acts for high-profile sports personalities and teams, particularly in football, and gained new clients in 2018 in cycling, golf, rugby league, tennis and mountaineering. Tax partner Chris Belcher commercial and IP partner Greg Gibson and IP principal associate Richard Plaistowe are the key contacts.
Niche intellectual property boutique Stobbs IP joins the ranking this year thanks to its impressive roster of clients in the sports sector, for which it handles IP and brand management matters. Litigation principal Geoff Steward counts a number of Formula One teams among his clients. Founder Julius Stobbs, senior solicitor Chris Sleep and solicitor Richard Ferguson are among many who handled recent matters for high-profile clients including UEFA.
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. Dan Chapman is one of the region's few dedicated sports lawyers and his disputes work has seen him act for leading names in football and motorsport. He is one of the few solicitors nationwide who is an active FA Registered Intermediary.