James Thorndyke > Kerman & Co > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Kerman & Co

Work Department

Sports and Litigation


Partner in the Sports and Litigation departments.  James acts for sporting bodies as well as sports men and women, he has extensive experience in resolving contractual disputes in a variety of sports including motorsport, football, athletics, cricket and rugby union.

James also has particular experience in advising on regulatory and disciplinary issues.  He has acted for clients in proceedings involving the Football Association, the British Horseracing Authority, the Motor Sports Association and the Football League.  James acts for event organisers and governing bodies in enforcing ticket terms and conditions to major sporting events.  This involves advising clients on the process of obtaining interim injunctions against third parties selling ticket only and or hospitality packages to well-known sporting events taking place in England and Wales without authority to do so, and acting for clients in the ensuing court proceedings.

In addition, James has a substantial IP practice within which he advises and acts for companies and individuals in protecting their intellectual property, including advising on claims relating to copyright and trade mark infringement as well as in relation to pass off.  He is a keen advocate of Alternative Dispute Resolution and in particular, mediation, having settled a number of matters through the ADR processes.  James is a member of the British Association of Sports Law and has delivered lectures on topics including reputation management and basic contractual rights.  James has also written extensively on legal issues in sport.


Trained at Ashfords, qualified in 2007.  Joined Kerman & Co LLP in 2012.


British Association of Sports Law


Cardiff University LLB Law & Politics

Lawyer Rankings

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

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James ThorndykeKerman & Co

Kerman & Co‘s sports team acts for governing bodies, event hosts, football clubs and private investors, specialising in targeting and blocking ticketing touts, drafting and negotiating key sponsorship deals and advising on the hosting and planning of major events, such as the London Marathon and the new all-female single-seater W Series championship.  Practice head Zane Shihab specialises in IP and commercial contracts, serves as in-house legal counsel to Wimbledon, and represents players in disciplinary proceedings brought before the FA. Regulatory expert James Thorndyke also advises on IP issues and regularly utilises ADR to settle matters for clients, including governing bodies and leagues.