Nick White > Charles Russell Speechlys LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
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Nick is an intellectual property and digital specialist. His experience spans many areas including brand protection, e-commerce, broadcasting, marketing, esports, defamation / privacy, data protection, betting and gaming, disputes and regulatory matters. Alongside his expertise in sports, as one of the firm’s key lifestyle lawyers, Nick works extensively across the leisure, fashion and food and beverage industries.

Nick advises governing bodies like FIFA and the ATP and businesses such as Rapha, Honest Burgers and Fitbit. He also has a strong practice advising high profile individuals and has advised Sir Mo Farah, Sir Chris Hoy and Sir Clive Woodward.

Nick co-wrote the UK chapter of the book “Sports Image Rights in Europe”. He lectures and speaks widely on topics from ambush marketing and image rights to the use of data in the leisure industry. He is a former director of the British Association for Sport and the Law. He has been recommended by the Chambers and Partners, Legal500 and Who’s Who directories.

Nick is admitted to practise in England and Wales.

Lawyer Rankings

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design

The ‘well-resourced’ and ‘nimble’ team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP maintains a strong practice in brand protection, IP-related transactions and dispute resolution, with the capability to advise on strategy, rebrands and various trade mark and design portfolios. Practice head Mary Bagnall’s wealth of experience in advising a multitude of clients on the protection and enforcement of soft IP rights means she is invaluable to clients in the courtroom. Nick White is notably active in the leisure, fashion and food and beverage industries, while Charlotte Duly handles global re-branding projects and various contentious matters for clients. Other names to note include senior associates Caroline Young and Olivia Gray, as well as associate Peter Byrd.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Advertising & marketing

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has a strong track record of work on advertising, marketing, sponsorship and other commercial matters, with a notable focus on the sports sector, advising clients such as Nike, Ascot Racecourse and Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford. The firm’s most prominent names in this line of work include commercial contracts specialists Jason Saiban and Richard Davies, and Nick White, who offers IP expertise.

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

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.