Mr Paul Shapiro > Northridge Law LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Northridge Law LLP
90 Bartholomew Close

Work Department

Corporate and Commercial


Paul specialises in commercial and regulatory advice to clients in the sports sector and is particularly known for his expertise in sponsorship, merchandising, player contracts, football transfers and image rights structures as well as setting up new competitions and events.

Recent work highlights include advising on: Betway’s global sponsorship programme a variety of endorsement and commercial deals for Dele Alli, Neymar Jr., Cesc Fabregas and Thierry Henry; a range of sports marketing and merchandising matters for Puma; and various football transfers and contract negotiations.


2020 – Present: Partner, Northridge Law LLP

2017 – 2020: Managing Associate, Northridge Law LLP

2011 – 2017: Associate, Charles Russell Speechlys

2009 – 2011: Trainee, Charles Russell Speechlys




BASL/ De Montfort Law School Diploma in Sports Law and Practice (2014)

University of Nottingham, LLB (2007)

Lawyer Rankings

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport

(Next Generation Partners)

Paul ShapiroNorthridge Law LLP

Sports boutique Northridge Law LLP acts for a wide variety of clients in the sector, including athletes, clubs and governing bodies. Commercial litigator Jonathan Ellis leads the team, with clients including the FA. Co-head Ian Lynam offers expertise in financial regulation, data, M&A, rules and regulations, sponsorship agreements, transfers, player contracts and image rights. Jon Walters is recommended for dealing with governance, corporate investment and acquisitions, and commercial rights deals. Other integral members within the practice include James Eighteen and Paul Shapiro, with the latter focusing on sporting commercial and regulatory issues, such as sponsorship, merchandising, and image rights structures. Beyond partner level, managing associate Oliver Harland specialises in litigation and contentious regulatory matters for sports governing bodies. Fellow managing associates Mike Herbert and George Willis add to the depth of the firm’s offering.