Sport

We provide a full service to sports clients ranging from governing bodies (the England and Wales Cricket Board) to participants (The Arsenal Football Club, Tottenham Hotspur FC, Christian Klien). The scope of our work is extremely varied.

We advise on:

  • every aspect of the commercial, corporate, financing, construction, tax, competition, broadcasting, merchandising, image rights and sponsorship activities of major sporting entities
  • on-field matters (such as player contracts, transfers, registration issues and disciplinary actions)
  • other sporting authority disciplinary and arbitration proceedings
  • regulation of participants by sports governing bodies

Our Sports practice is made up of a multi-disciplinary legal team of specialist corporate, commercial, intellectual property, financing, litigation, competition, tax, property and construction lawyers. This approach puts us in a unique position to provide the complete range of sports law advice and a full service sports law practice.

With our Infrastructure, Energy and Natural Resources practice we also have extensive experience advising in relation to the building of sports stadia.

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These top-tier sports clients are attracted by the magic circle firm's ability to draw upon the expertise of its specialist corporate, commercial, IP, financing, litigation, competition, tax and property lawyers to offer sports advice Chambers UK, 2010

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Our key experience includes advising:

Arsenal on the acquisition by Kroenke Sports Enterprises ("KSE") of a 50% shareholding in Arsenal Broadband from ITV plc (entitling KSE UK to an interest in Arsenal.com, which controls Arsenal's internet rights) and a partnership with the Colorado Rapids, a sports franchise owned by KSE, to build Arsenal's brand overseas and launch an Arsenal football academy in the US.

England and Wales Cricket Board ("ECB") on its major five year Sponsorship and Kit Supply Agreement with Adidas (UK) Limited and general matters relating to the ECB's rules and regulations and the terms of employment of its centrally contracted Team England players.

Lend Lease on the development, real estate and financing aspects of the £2 billion Olympic Village at Stratford City, London for the 2012 Olympics.

Arsenal Football Club plc on all aspects of its on-pitch and off-pitch activities. This includes all player transfers, contracts and disciplinary proceedings and regulation, as well as all commercial and other sponsorship activities of the club. We advised on the financing and refinancing of Emirates Stadium and the real estate and construction matters in relation to both Emirates Stadium and the Highbury redevelopment.

Tottenham Hotspur FC on a number of player-related and other matters, including the settlement of the club's dispute with Chelsea FC regarding former Tottenham Sporting Director Frank Arnesen.

Various investors on the purchase of professional football and rugby clubs.

Christian Klien on his Formula 1 drivers contract with the Honda Racing F1 Team.

Horserace Totalisator Board on the privatisation and the vesting of its assets in a new company.

Our clients include:

  • England and Wales Cricket Board
  • The Arsenal Football Club plc
  • Tottenham Hotspur FC
  • Christian Klien
  • Horserace Totalisator Board