Mr Jonathan Ellis > Northridge Law LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Northridge Law LLP
90 Bartholomew Close

Work Department

Litigation and Arbitration
Regulation and Governance


Jonathan is a trusted advisor to some of the biggest names in sport, with clients describing him as “one of the leading sports regulatory lawyers in the industry”. He has extensive experience of appearing before domestic arbitral tribunals, the Court of Arbitration for Sport and in proceedings before FIFA.

He has been The FA’s primary advisor on contentious and regulatory matters for more than 15 years, undertaking a wide range of work from advising on the regulation of intermediaries through to advising The FA on the implications of the Government’s high-profile Fan-Led Review.  Jonathan also acts for leading Premier League and European football clubs, the Welsh Rugby Union and Premiership Rugby.


2017 – Present: Founding Partner at Northridge Law LLP
2011 – 2017: Partner, Charles Russell Speechlys
2004 – 2011: Associate / Senior Associate, Charles Russell
2002 – 2004: Trainee, Charles Russell




British Association for Sports and Law


Kings College London, Postgraduate Certificate in Sports Law (2008)
University of Warwick, International Economic Law (2001)
University of Warwick, LLB (2000)

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Hall of Fame)

Jonathan EllisNorthridge 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.