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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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Burges Salmon LLP advises on regulations, rule drafting, constitutional and governance issues, integrity and anti-doping, and financial regulation. Clients include national and international federations, international teams and athletes. The firm is adept at handling disputes in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Helen Scott-Lawler led on advising a group of independent racecourses on a media rights deal with Arena Racing for the launch of a new TV channel. Another highlight includes advising Jeremy Noseda against a claim of equine doping brought by The British Horseracing Authority, after evidence was presented there was no suggestion of cheating and a much reduced fine was administered. Laura Claydon is adept at advising key stakeholders and regulatory bodies in the horse racing industry. Roger Bull deals with sports-related employment law. Jeremey Dickerson heads the team and specialises in anti-doping and integrity issues. James Pheasant left the firm. Clients include The Racecourse Association, Bristol City Football Club, Unicorn Products, Bristol Rovers Football Club and Virgin Sport.

Ashfords LLP is adept at handling commercial agreements, merchandising, endorsement agreements, sports-related tax, brand management and protection, regulation, governance, corporate transactions and disputes. Rory Mac Neice heads the team and specialises in bloodstock issues and regulation. Recent highlights include advising Exeter City Football Club on the development of new student accommodation and the development of new stadium facilities including two new stands, this involved successful defence of a judicial review brought by the local neighbourhood forum. Another highlight includes advising on the sale of Lovell Rugby to Sports Direct. Joanne Saye advises on contractual and leasing issues involving race horses. Andy Braithwaite specialises in advising sport governing bodies and sport property owners on event agreements, sponsorship, supplier arrangements and brand protection. Clients include The Professional Jockeys Association, The Racecourse Association, The British Show Horse Association, The British Harness Racing Club and Exeter City FC.

Clarke Willmott LLP has ‘first-class expertise’ and ‘excellent service with response times that are second to none’. Highlights include acting for long term client Bristol Rugby, attending all player interviews conducted by the Rugby Football Union around allegations of match-fixing, the allegations were found to be baseless. ‘Outstanding’ Kevin Jones heads the team, he has ‘commercial strength’ and specialises in employment law, representing several rugby, football and cricket clubs as well as leading sports men and women. Tim Copplestone also focuses on sports-related employment law, he is ‘quick to reply, diligent and extremely helpful’. The team provides a service that is ‘excellent, commercial and value for money’. Other clients include Somerset County Cricket Club and Wasserman Media Group.

Foot Anstey advises on commercial and regulatory aspects of sport-related law. Key client sectors include football, rugby, hourseracing and stadia projects. Jonathan Oddy heads the team and led on advising Bristol Sport with regards to its football and rugby club kit supply agreement, this involved IP issues, delivery milestones and service levels. Another highlight includes advising Cornwall Council on a £400m mixed-use development which includes the construction of a landmark new stadium. Mark Searle deals with commercial contract work including supply of goods and services, framework contracts, terms and conditions and sub-contracting arrangements. Neil Parkes focuses on media and sport litigation. Clients include Ashton Gate, Event Advantage Solutions, Football Safety Officers' Association, Henley Regatta, BlueVenn and Arena Racing Corporation.

Royds Withy King advises clients on regulation, sports-related injuries and sports-related commercial disputes. It recently advised The Professional Jockeys Association on the implications of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Another highlight includes acting for horse trainer Hughie Morrison in relation to one of his horses testing positive for nandrolone. A nominal fine was imposed and the case led to a review of anti-doping rules and penalties by the British Horseracing Authority. Chris Kane and Andrew Chalk head the team, Chalk has ‘exceptional judgement and is first class with clients’. ‘Aggressive litigator’ Richard Brooks and Philip Banks-Welsh are also recommended. Jessica Bent joined Keystone Law.

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