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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
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Nic was the founder and Chairman of Couchmans LLP and led the firm from 2001. A specialist sports business and rights lawyer, and a well-known figure in the UK sports business, he has very extensive experience in developing and implementing commercial rights programs and strategies for a large number of sports, events, investors, sponsors and sports businesses. Nic has worked in over 25 sports.

Nic’s clients have included the International Olympic Committee, Formula 1 Management, Rugby World Cups 1991/1995/1999/2003, Ascot Authority, Six Nations, European Rugby Cup, International Tennis Federation, England and Wales Cricket Board; Premier Rugby, Poland 2012, British Champions Series, Volvo Ocean Race, Nova International, The Great Run Company, World Match Racing Tour; International Rowing Federation (FISA), Aviva, BT, Carlsberg, Coca-Cola, Haymarket Publishing, Heineken, Nationwide Building Society, Nike, Nokia, News International, Panasonic, Rio Tinto, Sports Investment Partners, UK Sport, as well as various players and athletes and player associations such as the Gaelic Players Association and World Pro Surfers.

Nic is admitted to practise in England and Wales.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Hall of Fame)

Nic CouchmanCharles Russell Speechlys LLP

Headed up by Jason Saiban, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP‘s sports, retail and technology group and is a key contact for both sponsors and sports entities. Key engagements for the team see them working with major multinational apparel companies and national governing bodies on sponsorship, marketing and advertising matters. Nic Couchman – who heads up the sport department – advises high-profile athletes on commercial, brand, and image rights matters. Edward Craig is the first port of call for equine matters, advising governing bodies in horseracing on contentious and non-contentious matters. Nick White advises clients on NFTs, ambush marketing issues, the assignment and transfer of trade marks and supports on sponsorship deals in tennis. Richard Davies and Danielle Sharkey support the team on a range of sponsorship, media rights and marketing instructions. Sharkey, in particular, leverages her experience of working as a legal and compliance adviser at the British Horseracing Authority.