Expertise

Our Sports Sector team is recognised as being amongst the largest and best in the United Kingdom.

The team comprises specialists from across Clarke Willmott who take a particular interest and have expertise in the Sports Sector.  The Clarke Willmott Sports Sector Team prides itself in the ability to provide a complete Sports Sector service for any organisation or individual that operates within sport in the United Kingdom.

Disciplines that members of the team cover include Commercial, Corporate, Employment, Litigation, Intellectual Property and Property.

The team is led by Kevin Jones who has over ten years of experience advising organisations and individuals in the sector.

We provide usable and commercial solutions to the Sports Sector and pride ourselves on high levels of client service.

Commercial

Our Sports Commercial team have significant experience in advising a wide range of professional sports organisations on commercial agreements.  Agreements that the team have advised on include sponsorship, naming rights, pouring rights, catering, kit supply, television and image rights agreements.

Corporate

Our Sports Corporate team have extensive experience in advising a wide range of professional sports organisations on corporate and corporate finance related issues in the sector.  Corporate work that the team have advised on includes transfer of sports club ownership, advice on the structure of sports organisations, board structures, as well as securitisation issues.

Employment

Our Sports Employment team have acted on behalf of numerous professional sports clubs and organisations, as well as professional athletes on a wide range of employment law related issues.  Advice by members of the team covers the preparation of managers’ and coaches’ contracts, the termination of employment of managers and coaches, severance arrangements for coaches, managers and players, advice in relation to player disciplinary issues, advice on player injury situations and advice concerning the recovery of player wages/bonuses.

Litigation

Our Sports Litigation team have acted on behalf of a large number of professional sports organisations as well as players in the County and High Courts.  Work carried out by the team includes defending breach of contract claims, non-payment of permanent disability payments, regulatory hearings in the Court of Arbitration for Sport, as well as breach of intellectual property rights.

Property

Our Sports Property team have advised a large number of professional sports organisations on property related projects.  Work carried out by the team includes advice on Section 106 agreements, preparation and submission of planning applications, land purchase, short and long term leasehold agreements, as well as mortgage and securitisation issues.

Intellectual Property

Our Sports Intellectual Property team have acted on behalf of a large number of organisations that operate within the Sports Sector in relation to the IP needs.  Work carried out by members of the team include IP portfolio managements, IP registration and IP enforcement actions.