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Northridge Law LLP
90 Bartholomew Close

Sport Tier 1

Sports boutique Northridge Law LLP, which was founded in 2017 and now has almost 30 specialist sports lawyers, acts for high-profile sportspeople, international governing bodies, sports clubs and major brands. The team has recently strengthened its presence in gaming and betting with the recruitment of two lawyers for this work. This adds to its existing experience of large-scale governance and disciplinary reviews, disputes for clients such as the FA and commercial deals for individuals and corporate clients, including sponsorship agreements and service agreements. As a contentious adviser to the FA, Jonathan Ellis is frequently involved in high-profile disputes, including successfully defending the FA in appeals brought by several football clubs in respect of its licence application process for the restructured Women’s Super League. Ian Lynam, whose broad expertise spans financial regulation, governance, player contracts and M&A, represented AC Milan in the Court of Arbitration for Sport, where he managed to overturn their ban from European football following allegations that they were in breach of the Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations. On the commercial side, the team has advised new client PUMA on a partnership deal with F1 racer Lewis Hamilton. Disputes partner James Eighteen is also recommended by clients.

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 5

Northridge Law LLP's digital media team acts for leading agencies, brands and media and entertainment businesses on commercial partnerships, advertising, marketing and regulatory matters. The team advises AEG Worldwide on matters relating to its advertising and marketing at the O2 Arena, which has included advising on the venue sponsorship agreement and venue hosting arrangements.  The team stands out for its 'personal approach'; and for its 'ability to communicate effectively and do the job with minimum fuss is unmatched'. The sports sector is also a key focus.

An independent law firm with a particular focus on the sport sector. Northridge undertakes the most complex and important work for a roster of high profile international clients.

Since its launch in October 2017, Northridge has grown into the largest sports law practice in the United Kingdom. The team comprises of five partners and 20 other fee earners offering a unique combination of scale and expertise and providing the depth required to staff the largest and most demanding projects. It has quickly established itself as the firm the sports industry turns to when the stakes are highest.

Representative clients: The FA, Puma, Premiership Rugby, Premier League football clubs, AC Milan, Roc Nation, British Horseracing Authority, Welsh Rugby Union, Rugby Football League, Betway, Neymar, Kevin de Bruyne, Mohammed Salah, Dele Alli, Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas, Raheem Sterling, Betgenius Limited.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and Commercial Ian Lynam 020 3957 8809
Corporate and Commercial Jon Walters 020 3957 8810
Litigation and Arbitration Jonathan Ellis 020 3957 8808
Litigation and Arbitration James Eighteen 020 3957 8818
Betting and Gaming Melanie Ellis 020 3957 8816
Competition Law Benoit Keane 0032 2 280 68 80
Employment Law Jamie Feldman 020 3957 8813
Data Protection George Willis 020 3957 8806
Regulation and Governance Jon Walters 020 3957 8810
Regulation and Governance Jonathan Ellis 020 3957 8808
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr James Eighteen  photo Mr James Eighteen
Mr Jonathan Ellis  photo Mr Jonathan Ellis
Mrs Melanie Ellis  photo Mrs Melanie Ellis
Mr Ian Lynam photo Mr Ian Lynam Founding Partner
Mr Jon Walters  photo Mr Jon Walters
Permanent and temporary staff : 25 permanent fee earners plus support staff and temporary fee earners
British Association for Sport and Law
New York State Bar Association
Law Society of Ireland