Hall Of Fame

Next Generation Partners

Sport in Wales

Capital Law Limited

Tapping into ‘incredible connections’, the result of many years’ involvement in the sector, and displaying a ‘true commitment to their clients’, which include regional football (Cardiff City FC), rugby (Pontypool Rugby) and cricket (Glamorgan CC) clubs, Capital Law Limited remains one of the leading firms in the space. The nature of the work for the firm’s sports clients is broad and cuts across many different practice areas, including litigation, commercial, IP, regulatory and employment. ‘Astute and hardworking’ team head Wayne Beynon remains particularly active on the contentious front (including for sports clubs in arbitral proceedings) although he has also recently been busy advising sports clubs in their dealings with the Welsh Government and governing bodies regarding spectator attendance at stadiums in light of Covid-19 restrictions. David Lewis is also recommended and handles a range of employment and immigration work for players, coaching staff and management of professional sports clubs.

Practice head(s):

Wayne Beynon

Testimonials

The leading firm in Wales for sports law. Incredible connections and commitment to their clients.’

Chris Nott is incredibly commercial and thinks outside the box to find solutions.’

Wayne Beynon is astute, hard working and committed to achieve brilliant results.’

Carrie Gwyther is 100% committed to her clients.’

Celine Jones is forceful, authoritative and reliable.’

Key clients

Cardiff City Football Club Limited (CCFC)

Praga Cars UK Ltd

UK Anti-Doping

Glamorgan Cricket Club

Halpin Sports

Pontypridd Town Association Football Club

FSB Technology Limited

Peter Halpin t/a Halpin Sport Sponsorships

Pontypool Rugby Limited

Work highlights

  • Defending Cardiff City Football Club and its majority shareholder, Vincent Tan, a contractual dispute against the club’s former chairman, Sam Hammam, and a former Panamanian creditor, Langston Group Corporation.
  • Advising Cardiff City Football Club in relation to a myriad of legal issues arising from the death of footballer Emiliano Sala in 2019.
  • Advised a large number of high-profile sports stars regarding their contract negotiations and terms of exit from their roles in the last 12 months.

Loosemores Solicitors

Cardiff-based boutique Loosemores Solicitors  has a 'strong understanding of the sports sector and the relevant governance and law underpinning it' ensuring that it is well-positioned to advise stakeholders from across a tremendous breadth of activities, including football, rugby, squash, tennis and atheletics. Although the firm does handle some work for individual sports professionals it has become best-known for its representation of sports associations, including National Governing Bodies, which are appreciative of the firm's 'awareness of the challenges of working between commercial and public sector bodies'. Team head Mark Loosemore  displays 'unparalleled knowledge, commitment and support to the sports sector' and is able to tap into a vast knowledgebase as a result of many years' experience negotiating major commercial agreements for clients including Football Association of Wales. Other recommended practitioners include Karl Thomas , who is 'exceptional at applying HR law to the sporting landscape' and 'diligent, professional and responsive' associate Rebecca McCarthy , who excels at advising on matters sitting at the intersection of charities and sports law.

Practice head(s):

Mark Loosemore

Testimonials

‘They have a strong understanding of the sports sector and the relevant governance and law underpinning it.’  

Well connected with a deep understanding of the sports sector in Wales.’

‘Intimate experience of the sport sector – awareness of the challenges of working between commercial and public sector bodies.’ 

Mark Loosemore has been particularly supportive across our various commercial opportunities. It is helpful to be given both a legal and commercial perspective when reviewing our contracts and new engagements and he has provided this balanced view every time we have needed it.’

Mark Loosemore’s knowledge, commitment and support to the sports sector is unparalleled. Mark upholds strong values of confidentiality, integrity and professionalism when advising clients.’

Karl Thomas is also exceptional at applying HR law to the sporting landscape, particularly professional sport.’

Rebecca McCarthy is diligent, professional and responsive.’

Key clients

Welsh Sports Association

Football Association of Wales

FAW Trust

Sport Wales

Tennis Wales

Welsh Athletics

Weightlifting Wales

Welsh Rugby Players Association (WRPA)

Wales Women’s Rugby Players

Elfyn Evans

Dan Biggar

Live Like Louise (now trading as Trtle)

George Kruis & Dominic Day (FourFive Group)

Table Tennis Wales

Canoe Wales

RugbyWarfare

H&C TV

Engage Hospitality

Squash Wales

Christians in Sport

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Work highlights

  • Advised long standing client the Welsh Rugby Players Association (WRPA) on a long-term extension and variation of its agreement with the Welsh Rugby Union covering both (a) the Wales men’s senior national squad; and (b) the WRPA’s player support activities.
  • Advised new client Elfyn Evans on his new driving contract with Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT for the FIA World Rally Championships 2022.
  • Advised long-standing client the Football Association of Wales on long-term renewals of its major sponsorship contracts with both adidas (as official kit partner) and JD Sports (as official retail partner and title sponsor of both the Cymru Leagues and the Welsh Cup).

Dolmans

Led by Adrian OliverDolmans has developed a strong reputation in the sports sector, primarily as a result of its work for numerous national governing bodies, including Federation of Disability Sport Wales and Wales Commonwealth Games Council. Herself a former professional triathelete, Clare Hoskins has an excellent understanding of work in the sector and continues to advise Team Wales as it readies itself for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Work for individual sports professionals includes advice on personal injury matters (one of the core areas of focus for the firm as a whole) and on sporting contracts ranging from sponsorship agreements to image rights.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Oliver

Key clients

Federation of Disability Sport Wales

Wales Commonwealth Games Council

Aled Davies

Jordan Howe

Louise Hazel

Work highlights

  • Continue to advise the Commonwealth Games Wales on an ad-hoc basis across various commercial, contractual, and strategic and governance issues.
  • Advise the Federation of Disability Sports Wales on issues relating to directors and employees, attendance at board meetings, constitutional changes generally and drafting and review of contracts.
  • 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.

Geldards LLP

Headed by Paul Hopkins, Geldards LLP regulary advises governing bodies, sports-based charities and professional clubs across a range of commercial, regulatory and contentious matters. Hopkins is also a director of Engagesport, a sports management subsidiary wholly-owned by the firm, which also refers legal work on an ad-hoc basis, including recently in relation to various rugby player contracts. 'Conscientious, well prepared and thoughtful' litigator Jonathan Griffiths also has considerable experience handling sports-related disputes, including a number of recent mandates for the British Boxing Board of Control.

Practice head(s):

Paul Hopkins

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Griffiths

Testimonials

Jonathan Griffiths is excellent – conscientious, very well prepared and thoughtful.’

Key clients

British Boxing Board of Control Ltd

The Welsh Pony and Cobb Society

Sport Wales

Neath Rugby Limited

Engagesport LLP

The Cardiff Blues Community Foundation

The Cardiff Blues Benevolent Trust

Work highlights

  • Continue to advise British Boxing Board of Control Limited (BBBofC) (the governing body of professional boxing in the UK) in relation to multiple trade mark infringement and passing off matters related to unauthorised advertising and marketing of replicas of BBBofC’s championship belts and related merchandise appearing online and in stores across the UK.
  • Continue to provide advice and support to sports management company Engagesport in relation to a range of projects. The firm also provides advice in relation to various rugby player contracts under management by Engagesport.
  • Advising Sport Wales with ongoing general employment issues including on the pay and grading structure and grievances.

Harding Evans LLP

Drawing upon the expertise of practitioners spread throughout the firm's full-service offering, Newport-based firm Harding Evans LLP provides a one-stop-shop service to a growing number of clients in the sports sector. The firm has, however, gained most acclaim for its representation of rugby players (including current and former Wales internationals), including on their personal business and property interests. Head of the firm's commercial department, Mike Jenkins has a strong reputation in the field and continues to handle work for Newport Gwent Dragons professional rugby team.

Other key lawyers:

William Watkins

Key clients

Sam Warburton (former British and Irish Lions Captain)

Newport Gwent Dragons rugby team

The Vale of Glamorgan Hotel Limited T/A the Vale Resort

Davies Warburton Limited T/A SW7 Academy

Work highlights

  • Advising Sam Warburton in a commercial property dispute with a well-known fast food multinational company with over 5,000 sites.
  • Advising a Welsh rugby union international in respect of the high-profile administration of companies.
  • Advising a Welsh international rugby player in respect of the purchase of a defective vehicle.

Hugh James

Led by corporate partner Gerallt Jones  and drawing upon the expertise of lawyers from across a number of the firm's business services practice areas, Hugh James' multidisciplinary team handles a range of work for professional bodies and sports clubs. Jones is the relationship partner for longstanding client Welsh Rugby Union, with recent work including advice to it on  its collaboration with Celtic Manor on the Parkgate Cardiff, the city’s premier luxury hotel which opened in November 2021. Litigation head Richard Locke is adept at handling sports-related disputes including for rugby players in disciplinary hearings subsequent to dangerous play.

Practice head(s):

Gerallt Jones

Key clients

Welsh Rugby Union

Cardiff Blues

British Boxing Board of Control

Metro Bank

Welsh Gymnastics

Run4Wales Limited

Work highlights

  • Continue to advise longstanding client Welsh Rugby Union on a range of matters, including in 2021 its collaboration with Celtic Manor on the Parkgate Cardiff, the city’s premier luxury hotel which recently opened.
  • Represented Cardiff Blues players Ray Lee-Lo, Owen Lane and Lloyd Williams in separate high-profile disciplinary proceedings.
  • Advised the national governing body, Welsh Gymnastics, in relation to the Whyte Review, established by UK Sport and Sport England to investigate allegations of historical abuse in the sport of gymnastics.

Thompson Darwin Limited

The ‘small and dynamic‘ team at Thompson Darwin Limited, which is headed by the ‘very personable’ David Thompson, has a strong grounding in sports law, including in relation to commercial and regulatory matters, as well as in litigation and disciplinary issues that may arise. Thompson continues to act as effective in-house counsel to the Scarlets, acting for the regional rugby club across a range of matters, including on coaches’ and players’ contracts.

Practice head(s):

David Thompson

Testimonials

They have a strong ability to draw reasonable and logical assumptions from limited information. They have great research skills, analytical skills, leadership skills, persuasive skills and communication skills.’

The practice is small and dynamic. I have always found them to be contactable and responsive to our needs. They have worked to fully understand our business and the challenges we face.’

David Thompson remains calm in crisis situations, which is strongly appreciated by clients. He is very personable and easily gains the trust of his clients.’

Key clients

Scarlets Regional Limited

Work highlights

  • Remain the in-house counsel for the Scarlets, and continues to provide day-to-day advice on all legal and commercial matters associated with operating an elite level rugby club.
  • Advised a racing stable on a professional negligence claim in relation to the treatment of a thoroughbred by trainer and veterinary surgeon.

JCP Solicitors

At Swansea-based firm JCP SolicitorsAndrew Meech  continues to advise core client Italian sportswear company, Macron, across a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including on kit and sponsorship matters.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Meech

Key clients

Macron S.p.A

Front Runner Events (previously known as Swansea Half Marathon)

Work highlights

    Morgan LaRoche

    Headed by William Barletta and regularly drawing upon the expertise of practitioners throughout the firm's full-service offering, Morgan LaRoche provides a one-stop-shop service for a range of professional and amateur sports clubs and organisations. Carmarthen-based partner Christopher Evans leverages his overarching corporate and commercial expertise to good effect on behalf of a number of sporting organisations, including rugby clubs and governing bodies with work ranging from drafting sponsorship agreements to advice on constitutional matters and governance.

    Practice head(s):

    William Barletta

    Other key lawyers:

    Christopher Evans

    Work highlights