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Beswicks Legal is known nationwide for its strengths in sports law and represents both athletes and clubs mainly in football, cricket and boxing. Gary Mellor  heads the practice and has notable expertise  in employment, commercial, regulatory and contentious issues. Tim Bailey is also a key figure and works predominantly on high profile transactions and crisis management situations. Gareth Wilkinson advises on high-value disputes, particularly in football. Sean O'Toole specialises in boxing-related work and recently advised Callum Smith on image rights and contractual matters.

Mills & Reeve LLP is notably strong in contentious matters relating to employment, contracts and image rights. Mark Hovell   leads the practice and advises on image rights, doping cases and immigration matters, and also sits as an arbitrator. He recently advised Glasgow Rangers on obtaining permits for a number of non-EU players. Employment specialist Richard Santy   advised footballer Eniola Aluko on a racial discrimination claim against former manager Mark Sampson and assisted West Bromwich Albion with the departure of its former manager Tony Pulis. Associate Phil Hutchinson is experienced in sports litigation, primarily for rugby and football.

Wright Hassall LLP predominantly represents sports NGBs, with clients that include Archery GB, Premier Sports Holdings and the Bowls Development Alliance. Richard Lane  heads the practice and recently advised British Showjumping on its contract with Grandstand Media on running the Horse of the Year show. Corporate specialist Robert Lee  worked with the English Schools’ Football Association on incorporating itself as a Charitable Incorporate Organisation and the Bowls Development Alliance on corporate governance matters. He also advised Premier Sports Holdings on its share purchase of B11 Education and assisted Southam Rugby Union Football Club with its transition to a company limited by guarantee. Also recommended are:  Christine Jackson , who focuses on commercial arrangements; Nathan Talbott , who specialises in regulatory and disciplinary work; and associate Kelly Tomkinson , who focuses on immigration matters.

DAC Beachcroft LLP specialises in contractual, contentious, employment and finance related matters, with notable strengths in injury or damage claims. Richard Rowe   heads the practice and recently acted for Bedford Town Football Club and its insurer, Zurich, after an opposition player suffered a career ending injury from one of its players. He also advised an F1 Racing team on recovering losses to the damage inflicted upon one of its cars during a practice session.

Gowling WLG  focuses on contentious, regulatory, sponsorship, marketing and media transactions. James Gordon  leads the team and is known for his work on motorsports-related disputes. Commercial disputes expert Andrew Nugent Smith also works on sports-related matters.

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