Zane Shihab > Kerman & Co > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Kerman & Co

Work Department

Sports, media and commercial.


Zane is the Head of Sport, providing practical commercial advice to global brands, international sporting bodies and events and high-profile individuals. He specialises in drafting commercial contracts including sponsorship, joint venture, merchandising, telecommunications, new media, agency, distribution and image rights agreements, venue agreements and IP and software licences. He has negotiated numerous lucrative sponsorship and supplier agreements on behalf of sporting governing bodies including the PGA European Tour, Ryder Cup, World Marathon Majors, London Marathon, RideLondon and the All England Lawn Tennis Club (Wimbledon).

He is a regular contributor to sports publications and author of many articles in the sports sector.


Trained Max Bitel Greene LLP; qualified 2009; partner Kerman & Co 2014. Publications of note: ‘Brand Games: How Not To Get Sued’ (an article written for the Sports Journalist Association website about 2012 London Olympic legislation) and ‘Are Match Officials Fair Game?’ (which was published in the British Association for Sport and Law Journal).


SRA; British Association of Sport and Law.


Hatch End High School; St Dominic’s College; Keele University (LLB); College of Law (LPC).


Travelling, sports, reading.

Lawyer Rankings

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

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.