Leading Individuals

Sport in East Midlands

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP has a good range of experience in motor and non-motor sport, as well as professional and amateur sports, and leverages the expertise of its insurance, regulatory, property, commercial, and litigation teams. Birmingham-based insurance specialist Kevin Lawson is a leading counsel for sporting injury, motorbike and cycling claims. On the regulatory side, he also advises national governing bodies and clubs in the areas of motorsport, cycling, golf and tennis.



Practice head(s):

Kevin Lawson


‘The team has a unique understanding of their clients’ needs based on the teams extensive experience and knowledge of the industries in which they practice and always strives to deliver an exceptional client service. The team gets a regular stream of high quality and high value work and always manages that work efficiently and effectively.’

‘Kevin Lawson always maintains a singular focus on achieving commercial results for his clients whilst at the same time delivering an exceptional client service as a result of which he has an incredibly loyal insurer client base. He is also a master tactician when it comes to litigation and is uniquely good at thinking outside the box.’

Key clients

Fulham Football Club

UK Sport

Sport England

Lawn Tennis Association

Motor Sport Vision Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Premier League football team, Fulham Football Club in a successful High Court Appeal which overturned a judgment which held the Club was liable for a career ending sliding tackle in the course of a match by its player against a Swansea City FC player.

Geldards LLP

Geldards LLP continues to be sought after in sponsorship, endorsement and licensing agreements within the football, rugby, tennis, golf and cricket sectors. The firm routinely acts for athletes on all of their commercial affairs and litigious matters against sporting governing bodies, such as most recently, successfully leading an appeal on behalf of an athlete against a notice issued by the US Anti-Doping Agency. Associate Rebecca Stojak has equine industry expertise, and supports Jamie Goldberg on all significant sport instructions.

Practice head(s):

Jamie Goldberg

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Stojak

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP works with individual sporting associations, elite athletes and governing bodies, as well as providing strategic advice to large organisations. Sponsorship and endorsements agreements are a significant area of work. Both Rhys Wyborn and Ed Wright are experienced defence counsel for governing bodies and individuals in commercial and employment disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ed Wright; Rhys Wyborn


‘They are customer focussed, ensuring they extend the range of their skills and expertise from the various difference partners to provide a great service’

‘They have taken an interest in our business and time to understand our key business drivers and customer base to ensure advice that they provide is not only the best legal advice but is tailored to ensure it fits with our business.’


Key clients

Boccia England

Replay Maintenance/Passport365

Endurance Zone

British Orienteering

My mHealth Ltd

Woodhall Spa Golf Management / England Golf

Incus Performance

Grassroots Football Media Limited

Purpose Media


Work highlights

  • Advised Boccia England on its conflict of interest policy, codes of conduct for all stakeholders involved with the charity/NGB (including athletes, officials and volunteers, Articles of Association and charity structuring, employment contracts and agreements for the provision of services; and GDPR compliance).
  • Advised Incus Performance on a services agreement for supplying Pro Livestream services to professional triathlon race events; and a proposed MoU with World Triathlon regarding potential key areas of cooperation between them in the spirit of mutual goodwill and a shared interest in the progress and growth of the sport of triathlon globally.
  • Advised Endurance Zone on further clarity and fine-tuning required to its existing white label platform licence agreement around IP ownership/licensing, data use (involving additional website terms and privacy policy preparation), risk/liability exclusions and limitations, and term, renewal and termination.