Mr David Hinchliffe > Walker Morris LLP > Leeds, England > Lawyer Profile

Walker Morris LLP
33 Wellington Street

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Partner and Head of Sport


Having come from a background of football restructuring, David has developed specialist expertise advising on the acquisitions and disposals of football clubs, acting for both buyers and sellers, and is well regarded as one of the key advisers in the country in this field. David has advised on three Premier League and five Championship sales/purchases in the past few months alone (completing five sales/purchases in the past twelve months).

David and the team were recently described by Legal 500 as being “singled out for providing advice that is always tailored to clients needs”.

David enjoys living the highs and lows with his clients and is truly part of the clients’ team. He fights hard for his clients and strongly believes that if his client loses then he loses. He prides himself on always being readily accessible to his clients. He seeks not only to give the very best legal advice but also sees it as his duty to find solutions to problems and is recognised as being “sharp, to the point, and does not take prisoners.” (Chambers UK). Having him as part of your team hugely increases your chance of success.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading individuals)

David HinchliffeWalker Morris LLP

Based in Leeds, Walker Morris LLP is ‘brilliant on club acquisitions’, ‘very good on M&A’ and ‘a leading firm for football disputes and advice’. Its non-contentious knowhow also extends to sponsorship deals, commercial partnerships, player and management contracts, transfer agreements and brand protection. David Hinchliffe, hailed as ‘first choice for many clubs’, has overseen upwards of 40 football club transactions throughout his career; his team also provides an extensive contentious offering which covers disputes, arbitrations, regulatory matters and disciplinary hearings. Senior associate Katie Reed notably counts nine of the 20 Premier League teams for the 2020-21 season among her client list.

Yorkshire and the Humber > Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery

According to a client, Walker Morris LLP is the ‘go-to firm for heavyweight insolvency and corporate recovery work in the North‘. The practice is sought after by traditional lenders, debt funds and private equity firms for advice on corporate insolvencies, administrations involving distressed real estate and CVAs. ‘Unflappable’ and ‘experienced litigator’ Duncan Lole co-heads the practice with Gawain Moore, who is ‘a star player who gives careful thought to strategy’. Moore is particularly active in cross-border insolvencies, voluntary arrangements and schemes of arrangement as a restructuring tool. Director Claire Askew is ‘very experienced, knowledgeable and efficient in her role.’ Also of note are Michael Taylor (for non-contentious corporate recovery advice), Simon Clark, senior associate Olivia Robinson and David Hinchliffe, who has niche expertise in football club finance.

Yorkshire and the Humber > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport

(Leading individuals)

David HinchliffeWalker Morris LLP