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Intellectual property

Index of tables

  1. Intellectual property
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1
    • Nicola McNeely - Harrison Clark Rickerbys

Rising stars

  1. 1

Blake Morgan LLP acts for public and private sector clients across a range of non-contentious and contentious IP matters, including as it relates to patents and trade marks. Particular areas of specialism include comparative advertising and advice on anti-counterfeiting and grey market goods. 'Highly intelligent' team head Lee Fisher has a strong track record for handling IP litigation but is also very active assisting clients on the commercialisation of their IPR.

Practice head(s):Lee Fisher

Other key lawyers:Emyr Lewis; Karl Foster; Sarah Whittle; Joanna Corbett-Simmons

Testimonials

The breadth of knowledge and experience of the team sees them as a first choice for complex IP litigation, including injunctive proceedings and issues arising from the use of new technology.

Lee Fisher is the 'go-to' IP litigator in Wales and the West and is able to explain complicated matters involving intellectual property rights and action in layman's terms.

 

Key Clients

Infinite Renewables

Fortune Woods (UK)

Cardiff University

Steritouch

The Welsh Ministers

DHAIS Plc and Hearing Health and Mobility

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Vansdirect

Symrise

Clarins UK

Work highlights

  • Successfully pursued a claim on behalf of Infinite Renewables Limited, Wind Direct Limited, Andrew Crossman and Iestyn Morgan for unfair prejudice against a former director including claims for breach of confidence and breach of copyright
  • Advising Fortune Woods (UK) Limited in relation to the rationalisation of its portfolio of furniture designs and on new designs being placed on the market (and related third-party registrations)
  • Advising Cardiff University on IP protection for an innovative gaming app aimed at changing cognitive behaviours
  • Drafting an exclusive patent licence for Curapel (Scotland) Limited for the manufacture of ground-breaking eczema treatment
  • Advice to Steritouch Limited on the protection of IP in innovative antimicrobial additives

Capital Law Limited provides a wide range of contentious and non-contentious expertise to media and sports clients, as well as public/third sector entities. The 'excellent' Wayne Beynon specialises in IP litigation and regularly represents clients seeking to enforce their IPR, including on patent, trade mark and passing off infringement claims.

Practice head(s):Wayne Beynon

Other key lawyers:Guto Llewelyn

Key Clients

Pixsy Inc.

Daydream Education

Handmade Films Group

International Greetings UK

Ebeauty

DevOpsGuys

Royal Mint

British Medical Association

Tenovus Cancer Care

The Waterfront Conference Company

Work highlights

  • Provides IP policy and enforcement services for The Royal Mint.
  • Acting for Daydream Education in the removal of its poster designs from TES Education's website, where they were being sold by third parties.
  • Providing IP advice in relation to Handmade Films' extensive movie library.
  • Advising on trade mark infringement, passing off, and copyright infringement claim, relating to one of IG Design's product lines.
  • Advising Ebeauty on two high-stakes contentious IP matters

Geldards LLP¬†provides a 'responsive and knowledgeable service' to clients in IP-rich industries including healthcare, life sciences and media, as well as in the public sector. The 'very¬†experienced'¬†Michael Lindsey¬†has an excellent reputation on the contentious front and has, over the years, conducted numerous patent, copyright, trade mark, design and confidential information cases in the UK courts and Intellectual Property Office. Senior associate¬†David Beynon¬†has a growing reputation on the non-contentious front, particularly as it relates to work for life sciences clients. Technology, innovation and healthcare start-ups can also take advantage of the firm's cost-effective¬†‚ÄúScinapse‚ÄĚ product.

Practice head(s):Michael Lindsey

Other key lawyers:David Beynon; Gosia Evans

Testimonials

Geldards provides highly responsive, efficient and pragmatic advice

Michael Lindsey is particularly exceptional; his knowledge of trade mark law and approach to client care is unrivalled locally.

Key Clients

GoCompare.com Limited

J S Staedtler

Welsh Government

Sofa Brands International

Mountain Warehouse

DTR Medical

Swansea University

Tai Tarian

Pendragon Motor Group

British Boxing Board of Control

Hoover Limited

Biovici Limited

Proton Partners International

Certikit Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the Welsh government on multi-jurisdictional copyright infringement claims.
  • Advising DTR Medical in relation to the ownership status of strategically important IPR.
  • Advising a number of Mountain Warehouse’s retail businesses on IP issues.
  • Reviewing and updating Swansea University’s standard form IP agreements for the Agor IP project.
  • Advising Pendragon Motor Group (t/a Evans Halshaw) on trade mark and related advertising matters.

The arrival of Rehman Noormohamed from DWF in September 2018 has reinvigorated Acuity Law's IP offering following the departure of the firm's previous team head Kerry Beynon , who joined RDP Law in January 2019. Noormohamed has gleaned extensive non-contentious IP expertise for domestic and international TMT clients and has built up niche expertise in relation to cryptocurrency matters. The firm also handles a  significant amount of work under the umbrella of the firm's Acuity Counsel subscription service, enabling clients to receive a cost-effective service across a range of ongoing IP matters including advice on commercialisation and licensing matters.

Practice head(s):Rehman Noormohamed

Key Clients

Made.com Design

Liberalcoins

Rossi Asiaghi

IQE plc

Cardiff University and University College Consultants Cardiff

Progressive Technology Solutions

Trinity Brands UK

Neptune 6

EPA Pro

Cardiff Metropolitan  University

Work highlights

  • Advising Cardiff University and its commercialisation subsidiary, University College Consultants Cardiff, with advice around the protection and commercialisation of the IP it creates and develops through research and various IT contracts
  • Ongoing advice to MedaPhor on its commercial contracts, particularly on the protection of its proprietary advanced ultrasound technology.
  • Advising HF Trust on its business-critical IT and business transformation programme.
  • Providing day-to-day IP and legal support to numerous clients, including Trinity Brands UK and Dullas Limited, through the firm's Acuity Counsel service.
  • Advising Made.com Design Limited on agreements including for the sale of licensed goods as part of a V&A museum exhibition.

Active in work across the TMT sector, including in niche areas such as consumer law, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP regularly advises IP-rich companies on the commercialisation and protection of their IPR. The 'excellent' Matthew Gough handles a significant amount of IP work for clients in the digital financial services and fintech space, including advice on their commercial arrangements.

Practice head(s):Matthew Gough

Other key lawyers:Eve England

Key Clients

South Hook LNG Terminal Company

Admiral Insurance

Places for People Group

Schools Software Solutions

Transport for London

Liverpool Victoria

Scansource Europe SPRL

Enviroactive Ltd

Veezu Holdings Limited

Airbus DS Limited

Work highlights

  • Supporting South Hook LNG Terminal Company across a range of commercial matters including IP issues relating to its corporate procurement activities, such as advising on the procurement of IT licences and specialist consultancy services.
  • Advising Schools Software Solutions Limited on the development of apps and the agreements relating to the licensing and exploitation of the same.
  • Supporting Scansource Europe SPRL, an international reseller of communications and security goods and solutions, in connection with a range of legal matters, including advising on implications of software licensing and other issues impacting its resale of third-party licences.
  • Advising Veezu Holdings, a tech-focused taxi group, on IP arrangements with third parties and the IP issues relating to the apps which it uses with its customers.

Hugh James handles a considerable amount of IP work for the firm's roster of  media and gaming clients. Himself formerly in-house at S4C, Aled Walters regularly advises clients in the sector on the commercialisation of their IPR, including advice on licensing arrangements and on co-production agreements. On the contentious front, commercial litigator Tracey Singlehurst-Ward regularly handles IP disputes, including copyright and trade mark infringement, breach of confidence and passing off cases.

Practice head(s):Aled Walters; Tracey Singlehurst-Ward

Other key lawyers:Emily Powell; Lowri Walters

Key Clients

Amelco Limited

TCS John Huxley

Rockwool

International Convention Centre Wales

SJJ Service Systems

Celtic Manor

Work highlights

  • Advising Amelco on the IP licence of their betting platform.
  • Completing a trade mark registration for the International Convention Centre Wales.
  • Representing SJJ Systems Services in a high-value multi-party breach of copyright and breach of confidence claim.
  • Acting for a private individual in a breach of copyright and breach of confidence claim over multiple jurisdictions.
  • Completing a trade mark registration of the Celtic Manor for its name and identity.

The arrival in November 2018 of Kerry Beynon  from Acuity Law  gives Newport-based firm RDP Law a hitherto untapped capability for IP-related work in light of Beynon's cyber security and data protection expertise, in particular.

Practice head(s):Kerry Beynon


IT and telecoms

Index of tables

  1. IT and telecoms
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Rising stars

  1. 1

Now headed by Rehman Noormohamed following his arrival from DWF in September 2018, Acuity Law's three-partner team advises public and private sector clients across a range of commercial work, including in relation to software licences and maintenance agreements, software development contracts and outsourcing contracts. Noormohamed has significant experience for suppliers and end users on domestic and cross-border TMT matters, including on data privacy and cyber security-related matters. On the data protection front, clients also benefit from the "DataGuard" system, a subscription-based GDPR compliance and training service.

Practice head(s):Rehman Noormohamed

Other key lawyers:Christian Farrow

Key Clients

Vista Retail Support

Creditsafe Business Solutions

Business Systems UK Limited

MDS Technologies

Crimson Consultants

Progressive Technology Solutions

IQE Plc

Cardiff University and University College Consultants Cardiff

Liberalcoins

Made.com Design

Work highlights

  • Advised MDS Technologies on a number of IT matters including the drafting and negotiation of software licensing agreements and collaboration agreements in relation to the delivery of assured cloud and cyber security services.
  • Advising Progressive Technology Solutions across a range of strategic and day-to-day IT/IP legal matters.
  • Advising HF Trust on its business-critical IT and business transformation programme.
  • Acting for Cardiff University and its commercialisation subsidiary, University College Consultants Cardiff, with advice around the protection and commercialisation of the IP it creates and develops through research and various IT contracts.
  • Advised myPinPad on the licensing of its software in Asia (including China) and Russia through the creation of joint venture vehicles in these jurisdictions.

Blake Morgan LLP is best-known for its work across a range of IT projects (including cloud computing, app development and exploitation, business process and outsourcing) for public sector clients. Simon McCann regularly advises public sector clients on the procurement aspects of major IT projects and is a key member of the team that was enhanced by the arrival in January 2019 of Karl Foster ,  who previously worked as an in-house lawyer at a fintech and financial services intermediary.

Practice head(s):Emyr Lewis

Other key lawyers:Simon McCann; Karl Foster; Jon Belcher; Kevin Manship

Testimonials

It is a very committed and professional team

The firm provides excellent leadership and governance

Emyr Lewis is very dedicated and committed.

Key Clients

Welsh Government

NHS England

Greater Manchester Police

NHS Wales Informatics Service

Admiral Insurance

Wales and West Utilities

Work highlights

  • Advising on the procurement of a network refresh for Cardiff University
  • Advised Greater Manchester Police (part of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority) on all aspects of the procurement both of the Strategic Development Partner and various IT contractors for specific work packages.

Led by the 'excellent' Matthew Gough, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is particularly well regarded for handling IT-related work for financial services companies, including on software licensing issues, e-commerce and outsourcing projects. Gough has gained an excellent reputation in the market for advising on fintech matters, both from a contractual law perspective associated with new products developed by financial institutions, as well as in relation to providing due diligence input on M&A handled by the firm in the sector. Principal associate Eve England has a focus on supporting clients on the digitisation of their services and operating models.

Practice head(s):Matthew Gough

Testimonials

'Matthew Gough is very good at handling IT-related work involving a consumer law overlay'

'There are genuine stars working day in day out in this area with a great mixture of skills and experience, and it is a team that works very easily with us.'

'Matthew Gough is great to work with. His experience and practicality shine. It is difficult for opponents to argue with him much of the time. I like the way he priorities issues well so we are focusing on the valuable items for us. This attitude flows down well with his team of associates as well.'

Key Clients

Thames Water

British Bankers Association

Schools Software Solutions

Scansource Europe

Nationwide Building Society

British Gas

Admiral Insurance

Veezu Holdings

The National Grid

Work highlights

  • Advising Thames Water across a range of commercial matters, including on a variety of IT contracts with leading IT suppliers in connection with software development, cloud and outsourcing.
  • Reviewing and amending software licences for training tools hosted and maintained by Schools Software Solutions on its website and advising on the impact of the GDPR.
  • Advised Veezu Holdings, a tech-focused taxi group, on a wide variety of IT contracts, including software licence and maintenance.

Led by Justin Harrington, Geldards LLP's three-partner team provides an 'excellent service' to consumers and suppliers (from the public and private sector) on outsourcing and supply projects, as well as on the design and development of software apps. Recognised by clients as 'best in class', Harrington leads on many of the most significant mandates handled by the firm and excels in handling larger IT and outsourcing projects often with a regulatory aspect. Solicitor Madeline Rees  has garnered an excellent reputation for advising on tech-related commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):Justin Harrington

Other key lawyers:David Beynon; Madeline Rees

Testimonials

The team is responsive, knowledgeable and great to work with.

Justin Harrington is superb

Madeline Rees is a superb help to our various tech projects.

 

Work highlights

  • Advising a regulated utilities company on a suite of outsourcing arrangements
  • Advising an innovative provider of regtech services to the financial services sector on their contracts.
  • Supporting a US supplier in respect of its provision of outsourced IT services constituting a 'material' outsourcing for FCA purposes for a UK-based financial services company

'Great generalists, who can access in-depth help if needed', Capital Law Limited handles a significant amount of IT and telecoms work utilising commercial and litigation lawyers at the firm with the requisite sector knowledge. The scope of the work is broad and includes advice on IT outsourcing agreements, GDPR training and compliance, and domain name registration strategies.

Other key lawyers:Maria Coggins

Testimonials

They are incredibly pragmatic and give advice with an opinion, not just an airy fairy answer

Maria Coggins is dedicated and endlessly patient

Key Clients

The Royal Mint

EUI Limited

ITC Global Security

DevOpsGroup (formerly DevOpsGuys) Limited

One Team Logic

Proventive Systems ApS (t/a BitRater SpA)

I-Quebed Solutions

Work highlights

  • Acting for ITC Global Security’s legal advisers on contractual arrangements.
  • Advised The Royal Mint throughout its OJEU procurement contracting process for its new bullion trading app
  • Advising DevOpsGroup on all of its IT contracts and framework agreements.
  • The team continues to advise One Team Logic on significant licence agreements for its business.

The arrival of Kerry Beynon  from Acuity Law in November 2018 has significantly raised the profile of Newport-based firm RDP Law for IT-related work. The 'exceptionally knowledgeable' Beynon has in-depth knowledge across information security and GDPR matters and acts for numerous clients in the role of a data protection outsourced officer where she provides advice on IT-related contracts, data protection impact assessments and ongoing training.

Practice head(s):Kerry Beynon


Media and entertainment

Index of tables

  1. Media and entertainment
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Rising stars

Rising stars

  1. 1

Headed by solicitor Fiona Peet, Capital Law Limited is one of only a few firms in Wales with a standalone media and entertainment practice. Formerly in-house at a local production company, Peet has effectively leveraged this industry knowledge to provide a strong service to clients from the film and TV industries on their commercial contracts, including the drafting of production/development agreements. Wayne Beynon also often advises clients in the sector on IP issues.

Practice head(s):Fiona Peet

Other key lawyers:Wayne Beynon

Key Clients

Infinity Creative Media

Smorgasbord

S4C

Handmade Films

Influence Digital

University of South Wales

International Greetings

Rescape Innovations

Gritty Realism Productions

Orchard Media

Work highlights

  • Advised Influence Digital Marketing on its standard form agreement for use in its onboarding process of all new clients.
  • Represented Smorgasbord in closing a deal with United Agents, for the renewal of a Hollywood talent’s engagement in a Smorgasbord production.
  • Advised Planks Clothing on an advertising arrangement with an Olympic skier, as part of an endorsement arrangement.
  • Retained to advise Handmade Films Group on all the IP needs of its extensive library of motion pictures

Hugh James' merger with MLM Cartwright in 2016 enhanced the firm's visibility in the creative industries sector, given that firm's strong connections with numerous media and entertainment clients. Corporate and commercial partner Aled Walters  has significant experience in the media and entertainment field gleaned from many years' experience in private practice and in his previous role in-house at S4C. As well as advising on broadcasting and rights commercialisation matters, the firm is also regularly involved in corporate and financing transactions in the sector.

Practice head(s):Aled Walters

Other key lawyers:Lowri Walters

Testimonials

The firm is knowledgeable in corporate and media specifically - which gives them a head start to other firms.

Aled Walters has an excellent knowledge and understanding of the media industry in Wales, and business in Wales in general.

Lowri Walters is thorough, meticulous and personable

Key Clients

Avanti Media

Cwmni Da

TAC (Teledwyr Annibynol Cymru)

Welsh Government –Media Investment fund

Work highlights

  • Advised on Avanti Media’s sale to Sky and its appointment to produce Songs of Praise.
  • The team advised Cwmni Da on a multi-party co-production agreement on the successful television three-part series 'Tide' with S4C, BBC Alba, BBC Northern Ireland, Sky Vision, G4 and MAC TV.
  • Sole and exclusive legal adviser to TAC (Teledwyr Annibynol Cymru).
  • Advising the Media Investment Fund (the Welsh government's £30m fund for television and film making in Wales) on its investment into the television series, Doctor Who

Media and entertainment/sport is one of the core sector focuses of boutique Cardiff-based firm Loosemores Solicitors, and consequently it is able to provide a 'highly informed and focused' offering across the waterfront of matters impacting on clients in the sector. Formerly head of legal affairs at S4C, consultant Sara Griffiths has particular credibility within the film and TV industry, and provides 'thorough and knowledgeable advice when drafting complex co-production film and television financing and production agreements'. Mark Loosemore is accomplished at handling media and data rights agreements in the sports industry.

Practice head(s):Mark Loosemore

Other key lawyers:Sara Griffiths

Testimonials

One of only a few law firms in Wales offering sound non-contentious legal advice in this area of law

Key Clients

Blue Stag Studio

Brandrocker

Bux & Bewl

CareerCake

Clwb Ifor Bach

Dragon Graphics

Football Association of Wales

GlobalWelsh

Lumio Media

Martha Stone Production

Messy Hands Production

Orchard Media & Events

Rantmedia

Small Luxury Hotels of the World

Sport Wales

Tarian Cyf

The East Wing Studio

The Stars Group

Ubiquity Group

Welsh Rugby Players Association

Why Hide/Plenitude Productions

Zest Sports Group

Work highlights

  • Advising new client The Stars Group on a major proposed new agreement with Inspired Gaming for the provision of virtual sports games to The Stars Group.
  • Advising Small Luxury Hotels of the World on a major proposed marketing agreement with Hyatt Hotels Corporation
  • Advising the Football Association of Wales on the proposed agreement for the Wales men’s football team to participate in the China Cup 2018
  • Advising on the proposed agreement for Orchard Media & Events to run the UEFA Champions Festival at the UEFA Champions League finals in Madrid in June 2019
  • Advising existing client Zest Sports Group on the establishment of its new website bookhospitality.com and related matters


Sport

Index of tables

  1. Sport
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Leveraging the firm's litigation and IP credentials in particular, Capital Law Limited represents clubs and governing bodies (primarily within the rugby, football, cricket and golf spheres) across a range of disputes, commercial matters and employment issues. Commercial litigator Wayne Beynon regularly handles sports-related disputes, ranging from contractual claims, IP issues relating to team kit and/or sponsorship agreements, governance issues and player contracts.

Practice head(s):Wayne Beynon

Other key lawyers:Guto Llewelyn; David Lewis

Key Clients

Cardiff City Football Club

Cardiff Blues

Golf Union of Wales

Glamorgan Cricket Club

Halpin Sports

Pontypridd Town Association Football Club

UK Anti-Doping

Work highlights

  • Acting for Cardiff City Football Club in litigation against its former chairman, Sam Hammam.
  • Acting for Enterprise Insurance Company plc (in liquidation) in a £2m claim against Leeds United Football Club concerning a shirt sponsorship agreement for the season 2014/15.
  • Acting for Cardiff City Football Club in investigating the conduct of former representatives of the football club in the £9m transfer of Andreas Cornelius from FC Copenhagen in July 2013.
  • Representing Pontypridd Town Football AFC in its appeal of the Football Association of Wales’ Tier 2 First Instance Body’s decision to refuse Tier 2 certification for the 2018/19 playing season due to problems with its ground.
  • Acting for an award-winning golf club Cottrell Park Limited, in its defamation claim against SKY plc, Women & Golf Magazine, and Ladygolfer.co.uk, all of whom published an inaccurate story about the club preventing women from playing in some of its golfing competitions.

Tapping into the expertise of lawyers from across the firm's commercial, litigation, property, charities and employment teams, Geldards LLP has a 'great deal of experience and knowledge in the field of professional sports'. The firm also handles sports management work through Engagesport, the wholly owned subsidiary established in 2012. Himself a chairman of Engagesport, 'friendly and engaging' litigation head Paul Hopkins is well-versed in sports-related matters, particularly those involving a contentious angle.

Practice head(s):Paul Hopkins

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Griffiths

Testimonials

The team provides thorough and thoughtful advice

Paul Hopkins is a very safe pair of hands

Jonathan Griffiths is excellent and is everything a silk would want from a quality solicitor

 

 

Key Clients

Cardiff City FC Community Foundation

Cardiff Blues

Pendulum Management Limited (t/a Elite Ice Hockey League)

Welsh Sports Association

Devils Entertainment Limited (t/a Cardiff Devils Ice Hockey)

British Boxing Board of Control

Engagesport LLP

FAW Football in the Community

Sport Wales

The Pony Club

Work highlights

  • Acting for Cardiff City FC Community Foundation (the official charity for Cardiff City Football Club) on various matters including amendments to the trade mark licence with Cardiff City FC.
  • The firm continues to advise British Boxing Board of Control Limited (the governing body of professional boxing in the UK) in relation to multiple trade mark infringement and passing off matters.
  • The firm provides a legal telephone helpline to Welsh Sports Association members, advising them across a range of law including commercial, charity/governance and property.  
  • Acted for Devils Entertainment Ltd (Cardiff Devils) on the negotiation of an agreement for the operation and management of the Ice Arena Wales.
  • The firm continues to provide advice and support to sports management company Engagesport in relation to a range of projects which it is involved with.

Hugh James 's multi-disciplinary team handles the full spectrum of sport-related legal work, from disciplinary and doping hearings to the construction of sports stadia, major contractual agreements, and the governance of sporting bodies. Team head Gerallt Jones regularly handles work for marquee client, the Welsh Rugby Union.

Practice head(s):Gerallt Jones

Other key lawyers:Gareth Williams; Tracey Singlehurst-Ward; Robert Morgan

Key Clients

Welsh Rugby Union

British Boxing Board of Control

Welsh Gymnastics

UK Sport Framework (inc Sport Wales, UK Sport, Sport Northern Ireland and the Sport & Recreation Alliance)

Cardiff Blues

Ffos Las Racecourse

Work highlights

  • Represented the Welsh Rugby Union on new multimillion-pound agreements between it and the four Welsh rugby regions dealing with the financial, commercial and rugby elements of the relationship between the five entities
  • Advised the British Boxing Board of Control in several pieces of litigation and disciplinary actions
  • Advised Walters Group on the sale of its racecourse to the UK’s largest racing group, Arc Racing

Boutique Cardiff-based firm Loosemores Solicitors is very active in the sports field across a range of commercial contractual work, corporate governance and regulatory matters. 'Approachable and commercial' team head Mark Loosemore continues to grow the practice and has handled work for a raft of new clients (across the spectrum of amateur and professional sports), as well as for core and long-established ones such as the Football Association of Wales (FAW). Consultant Michael Culley has vast experience at handling corporate governance and regulatory matters, including on behalf of FAW, while Karl Thomas is also a key member of the team in relation to litigation and regulatory work in the sector.

Practice head(s):Mark Loosemore

Other key lawyers:Michael Culley; Karl Thomas; Rebecca McCarthy

Testimonials

A leading firm in the area

Mark Loosemore is approachable and considered in his responses

 

Key Clients

Football Association of Wales

The FAW Trust

Sport Wales

The Stars Group

Welsh Rugby Players Association

Walters Group (Ffos Las Racecourse)

Zest Sports Group

Welsh Netball

Christians In Sport

Welsh Athletics

Sports Injury Fix

Orchard Media & Events

Squash Wales

Work highlights

  • Represented the Football Association of Wales (FAW) on its agreement for the Wales men’s national football team to participate in the China Cup 2018.
  • Advising new client The Stars Group on a major proposed new agreement with Inspired Gaming for the provision of virtual sports games to The Stars Group.
  • Advising the Football Association of Wales (FAW) on agreements to acquire and develop a new National Football Development centre in Wrexham
  • Advising the Football Association of Wales (FAW) on a new agreement with the senior men’s national squad for match fees and bonuses and image rights
  • Advising on the proposed agreement for Orchard Media & Events to run the UEFA Champions Festival at the UEFA Champions League finals in Madrid in June 2019

Led by Adrian Oliver, Dolmans is best-known for advising Welsh sporting bodies across a range of commercial, contractual and governance matters. Leveraging the firm's personal injury expertise, it also regularly represents sporting bodies and sporting individuals on litigation involving sports-related injuries.

Practice head(s):Adrian Oliver

Other key lawyers:Justin Harris; Clare Hoskins: Philip Bradley

Key Clients

Federation of Disability Sports Wales

Commonwealth Games Council for Wales

Aled Davies

Tasha Danvers

Louise Hazel

Jordan Howe

Nathan Stephens

Work highlights

  • Continues to advise the Commonwealth Games Council for Wales on an ad-hoc basis across various commercial, contractual and strategic and governance issues.
  • Advises the Federation of Disability Sports Wales on issues relating to directors and employees, attendance at board meetings and constitutional changes generally.
  • Handled contract and sponsorship negotiations for a significant number of athletes, including recently negotiating a new Nike deal with Aled Davies.
  • The firm continues to represent a group of high-profile sports personalities from across the UK, with a core of London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic and Commonwealth athletes, including gold medallists.
  • The firm provides legal services to National Governing Bodies of Sport and Recreation organisations.

Neath-based firm Hutchinson Thomas is recognised as a 'very good firm for rugby discipline', and is the only firm in Wales that has Judicial Officers, who handle discipline conduct and regulatory cases for World Rugby, the Six Nations, European Professional Club Rugby and the Guinness Pro 14.  Roger Morris is perhaps the standout at the firm and his preeminent reputation has seen him involved in the adjudication of a number of high-profile international and domestic cases. The firm also advises local amateur clubs, across a range of work, including on licensing and property issues, as well as governance and incorporation.

Practice head(s):Roger Morris; Robert Williams

Testimonials

The firm has a strong reputation within the rugby discipline sector

Work highlights

  • Chaired a head injury assessment investigation for 6 Nations.

At boutique Cardiff-based firm Thompson Darwin Limited, name partner David Thompson, himself formerly chief executive of a Super League rugby team, has vast sports-related experience, particularly within the rugby field. He continues to represent the Scarlets across a range of matters, including on complicated commercial agreements and sponsorship agreements.

Practice head(s):David Thompson

Douglas-Jones Mercer 's Christian Edwards continues to handle a significant amount of work for the company responsible for managing and operating the Liberty Stadium (Swansea City FC's home ground) - including on its ongoing dispute in relation to a claim for defects arising out of the stadium's construction.

Practice head(s):Christian Edwards

Other key lawyers:Paul Shuttleworth

Key Clients

Swansea Stadium Management Company

Work highlights

  • Continuing to represent Swansea Stadium Management Company, the company responsible for managing and operating the Liberty Stadium, in relation to a claim for defects arising out of the construction of the stadium.
  • Advising the Swansea Stadium Management Company in relation to operational and governance issues concerning the proposed variation to the existing lease at the Liberty Stadium and the consequential change in share ownership.
  • Advising the Swansea Stadium Management Company on contractual matters with Vodafone concerning the upgrading of infrastructure and connectivity at the stadium.

At JCP Solicitors, Andrew Meech  has a strong and longstanding relationship with Italian sportswear manufacturer Macron, and regularly acts for it on its technical kit supplier arrangements with various high-profile sporting teams.

Practice head(s):Andrew Meech

Key Clients

Macron

Work highlights

  • Advised Macron on a new five-year technical kit supplier agreement with Nottingham Forest FC.
  • Advised Macron on a new four-year technical kit supplier agreement with Millwall FC.
  • Advised Macron on a new four-year technical match official supplier and retail agreement with Celtic Rugby DAC – Guinness Pro 14 Rugby.
  • Advised Macron on its six-year technical kit supply agreement with the Canadian Premier League (CPL), the inaugural professional football competition in Canada.

Morgan LaRoche provides a multi-disciplinary approach to work in the sector, with lawyers from the corporate/commercial, employment, litigation and property teams having some regular involvement in sports-related matters.  The firm advises professional and amateur local rugby, golf and cricket clubs across a range of commercial work, including advising on sponsorship agreements, constitutional and governance advice, and issues relating to player contracts.

Practice head(s):William Barletta


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