Loosemores Solicitors > Cardiff, Wales > Firm Profile

Loosemores Solicitors
ALLIANCE HOUSE
18/19 HIGH STREET
CARDIFF
CF10 1PT
Wales

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment Tier 1

Cardiff boutique Loosemores Solicitors has established an excellent reputation among sports and creative industry clients, as a result of its 'ferociously hardworking' ethos and the 'incredible breadth and depth of knowledge' it has across the firmament of media and entertainment issues. Formerly head of legal at S4C, Sara Griffiths has 'great technical skill and knowledge' on matters impacting clients in the broadcasting, film and tv sectors, and as well as her direct fee-earning work, she is also a great champion of the local creative community (as is demonstrated by her involvement and pro-bono advice to members of the leading membership organisation for women working in media). Recognised as a 'shrewd tactician' and a 'class act', senior partner Mark Loosemore also regularly handles media and entertainment matters for his vast array of sporting clients, including negotiating and drafting sponsorship and media and data rights agreements.

Practice head(s):

Mark Loosemore

Other key lawyers:

Sara Griffiths; Siôn Tudur

Testimonials

‘A small team, but ferociously hard-working. Particularly experienced in sports law.’

‘The team has an incredible breadth and depth of knowledge on media matters.’

‘Loosemoores offers media people a very good and clear service, no matter what level of expertise one is at.’

‘Sara Griffiths is a respected lawyer in the broadcasting, film and television sector. She is a very thorough lawyer with great technical skill and knowledge.’

‘Sion Tudor will go the extra mile in delivering what you need in plain English.’

‘Mark Loosemore understands the various challenges facing the sport and leisure industry in Wales and his specialist experience in sport and media work is highly valued across the sector.’

Key clients

Football Association of Wales

Teledwyr Annibynnol Cymru (TAC)

Coracle Productions

Just Druid Gorazde Limited and group companies

Tarian Cyf

Stills Creative

GlobalWelsh

James Uzzell

Horse & Country TV (H&C TV)

Tiny Rebel Games Limited

Chwarel

Mr Anderson

Edge 21 Studio Limited

Sport Wales

Live Like Louise Limited

Studio Collective

Work highlights

  • Advised Teledwyr Annibynnol Cymru Cyf, which represents the Welsh independent TV production sector, on corporate legal matters across a range of issues specific to the broadcast industry and production sector.
  • Advised the Football Association of Wales on a range of media rights and production agreements, including with UEFA for men’s home international friendly matches.
  • Advised Horse & Country TV (H&C TV) on its acquisition of US equestrian streaming provider, EQ Sports Net (EQSN) together with various other matters.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 1

Displaying a 'genuine commitment, passion for, and interest in Wales, the culture and sport', Loosemores Solicitors has developed an impressively strong client base in the sector, including among many national sporting bodies/organisations. Much of the success for the firm's prominence in the space is down to the skills and leadership of senior partner Mark Loosemore, whose 'specialist experience in sport and media work is highly valued across the sector'. Although he is involved at the sharp end of much of the key commercial work handled by the firm, Loosemore is perhaps best-known for his continued representation of the Football of Association of Wales across a range of matters including drafting and negotiating sponsorship and licensing contracts and media rights agreements. Other key practitioners include associate Rebecca McCarthy, who leverages her 'in-depth knowledge of charity law' to good effect, including on governance issues; 'very committed and hardworking' litigator Karl Thomas, who is regularly involved in significant sports disciplinary cases and regulatory disputes; and Siôn Tudur, who will 'go the extra mile for clients' engaged in corporate and commercial work in the sector.

Practice head(s):

Mark Loosemore

Testimonials

The firm shows a genuine commitment, passion for, and interest in Wales, the culture and sport.’

Mark Loosemore’s specialist experience in sport and media work is highly valued across the sector.’

Karl Thomas is very committed and hardworking.’

‘Siôn Tudur goes the extra mile for clients.’

Key clients

Football Association of Wales

The FAW Trust

Sport Wales

Welsh Sports Association

Zest Sports Group

Christians In Sport

Welsh Athletics

Sports Injury Fix

H&C TV

Tennis Wales

Canoe Wales

Engage Holdings

The Stars Group

FourFive Group Ltd

Ioan Lloyd

Dan Biggar Ltd

Rugby Warfare Ltd

Live Like Louise Limited

Welsh Rugby Players Association

Work highlights

  • Advised the Football Association of Wales (FAW) on its victory in the High Court case brought against it by The New Saints FC in relation to the FAW’s decisions to award the Cymru Premier League title and a place in the UEFA Champions League to Connah’s Quay FC.
  • Advised H&C TV (Horse & Country TV) on its acquisition of US equestrian streaming provider, EQ Sports Net (EQSN).
  • Advised the Welsh Rugby Players Association on pay deferral and pay cut arrangements with the Welsh Rugby Union and the Regions for all 200+ men’s professional rugby union players playing in Wales due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Benefiting from 'in-depth experience and knowledge' of the commercial and governance requirements of a myriad charities/not-for-profit organisations, the 'proactive and responsive' team at Loosemores Solicitors has an excellent reputation in the Welsh market, particularly among sporting organisations. Although it is also able to draw upon the wider resources of employment and corporate lawyers at the firm, should the need arise, clients are particularly appreciative of 'standout' team head Rebecca McCarthy, who is one of the few charity law specialists in Wales, and is therefore very well-equipped to advise on incorporation and governance issues specific to charities.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca McCarthy

Other key lawyers:

Mark Loosemore

Testimonials

‘The firm has in-depth knowledge of charity law and provides practical advice.’

‘The quality of the service provided by Loosemores from the first enquiry to the completion of the work is outstanding. Enquiries are dealt with speedily and with a high level of understanding and appreciation of the issues being addressed. Communication is easy and straightforward.’

‘Excellence in understanding of the issues faced by a small charity and how to address them. Excellence in familiarity with the workings of the regulatory bodies.’

‘Everyone is approachable at whatever level and in any capacity. You feel like they genuinely care about what it is you do and want advice on. As a public body we have particular purchasing/tendering constraints and Loosemores is agile and flexible in the approach they need to take with us. ’

‘In-depth experience and knowledge without losing the personal touch of a tight-knit team.’

‘The individuals are proactive and concerned to provide us with all professional support as required. ’

‘Rebecca McCarthy is the stand out person who guided me through the laborious minefield of becoming a charity.’

Key clients

Football Association of Wales

The FAW Trust

FAW Welsh Ground Improvements Limited

London Early Years Foundation

Mackintosh Evangelical Church

Echoes International

Sports Council for Wales

Stewards Company Limited

Canoe Wales

GlobalWelsh

Glenwood Church

Welsh Sports Association

Krishna Cymru

Platfform for Change (formerly Gofal)

The JW Laing Trust

The Audrey Tyler Trust

Welsh Rugby Players Association

Work highlights

  • Advised on the successful incorporation of a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, including preparation of the governing document and drafting the objects, liaising with the Charity Commission on the registration and corporate governance and continuing to advise on a related asset transfer, including property and employment advice.
  • Advised a fast-growing community interest company (which is building a network of Welsh people around the world) on various contracts including terms and conditions of membership for individuals and business partnerships.
  • Advised the FAW Trust on commercial agreements including the provision of training courses and online interactive services, terms of website use, privacy policy, acceptable use policy and cookie policy.

Loosemores is a boutique law firm, based in Cardiff and with a second office in central London.  We have a strong heritage built up over more than 50 successful years. This is allied with a fresh, modern outlook and a commercial approach.

Loosemores was founded in 1966 by John Loosemore (current senior partner Mark Loosemore’s father). The firm was successful and grew significantly during its first 25 years, opening a number of branch offices around South Wales and becoming one of the top ten firms in Wales by turnover. In the early 21st century, the firm developed its specialisms in personal injury, charities and sport and these became a core part of the business.

Mark Loosemore acquired the practice and joined as senior partner in 2016. Under new ownership and senior management, the firm re-focused as a boutique practice with a new strategic plan.

The firm provides a range of legal advisory services to both corporate and individual clients.  Our services for corporate clients include advising on corporate, commercial, property, litigation and employment matters. There is a particular emphasis on growth of the firm’s business in specific industry sectors, notably sport, media and entertainment, charities and technology.

Loosemores comprises a relatively small team of carefully selected, senior lawyers, who are experienced experts in their chosen fields and passionate about their client work.  These leading individuals are ably assisted by a growing team of junior lawyers and support services colleagues.

Our approach is to work closely with our corporate clients, aiming to add real value, as their trusted advisors.  We do so by thoroughly understanding their needs and then delivering high quality specialist advice in a bespoke and personalised manner, with a focus on high levels of client service.

The firm offers corporate clients a range of legal advisory services including: corporate transactions, corporate governance, commercial disputes, employment, intellectual property, commercial property, insolvency and recovery, credit control, partnerships and business start-ups.

Services for individuals include residential property conveyancing, wills, probate, trusts, lasting powers of attorney, Court of Protection and employment.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Commercial Mark LoosemoreLoosemoreM@Loosemores.co.uk
Corporate Siôn TudurTudurS@Loosemores.co.uk
Property James PearnPearnJ@Loosemores.co.uk
Employment & Dispute Resolution Karl ThomasThomasK@Loosemores.co.uk
Probate, Wills & Trusts Maria CosslettCosslettM@Loosemores.co.uk
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Maria Cosslett  photo Maria Cosslett Partner and Head of Department
Sara Griffiths  photo Sara Griffiths Senior Consultant Solicitor
Mark Loosemore  photo Mark Loosemore Senior Partner and Head of Department
Rebecca McCarthy  photo Rebecca McCarthy Solicitor
James Pearn  photo James Pearn Partner and Head of Department
Karl Thomas  photo Karl Thomas Partner and Head of Department
Siôn Tudur  photo Siôn Tudur Partner
Number of UK partners : 5
Number of other UK fee-earners : 8
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