Mr Ian Lynam > Northridge Law LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Northridge Law LLP
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Work Department

Corporate and Commercial


Ian maintains a broad sports practice covering financial regulation (salary caps and financial fair play), mergers and acquisitions, financing, governance, integrity, rules and regulations, sponsorship agreements, transfers, player contracts and image rights. Ian has a particular expertise in the use of data in sport and sits on the board of STATSports as a non-executive director.  He is a director of the British Association for Sport and Law.

Recent experience includes advising Chelsea FC on its acquisition for £4.25 billion by the Boehly/Clearlake consortium, advising Spotify on its first-of-its-kind partnership with FC Barcelona and advising Elliott Advisors on the sale of AC Milan to Redbird Capital Partners for €1.2 billion. Ian also advises some of the highest profile individuals in football including Raheem Sterling, Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho and Thierry Henry.


2017 – Present: Founding Partner, Northridge Law LLP
2010 – 2017: Partner, Charles Russell Speechlys
2007 – 2010: Associate, Charles Russell Speechlys
2004 – 2007: Associate, Slaughter and May
2003 – 2004: Associate, Arthur Cox (Dublin)
2000 – 2003: Trainee, Arthur Cox (Dublin)


English, French (basic), Irish (basic)


Law Society of Ireland
New York State Bar Association
British Association for Sport and Law
Co-chair International Forum of Sports Law


Harvard University, The Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports (2019)
Kings College London, Postgraduate Certificate in Sports Law (2006)
University College Dublin, Bachelor Civil Law (1999)

Lawyer Rankings

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance)

A go-to firm for sports clients, Northridge Law LLP operates at the intersection of sports and media; Ian Lynam leads the team acting as a key adviser to clients including Roc Nation. Jon Walters heads up the non-contentious media practice and is a specialist in matters pertaining to sponsorship, digital media, and marketing regulation. Further, Jamie Feldman comes particularly recommended for his expertise in employment in media & entertainment.

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

(Hall of Fame)

Ian LynamNorthridge 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.