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At Ward Hadaway we have extensive experience in representing and advising agents, intermediaries and academies in the sports industry.

We understand the unique challenges and opportunities you encounter and  the ever growing quantity of regulatory provisions which impact upon your conduct.

Our wealth of experience and breadth of advice means we are well suited to advise you on all legal matters you may face, including contract negotiations, compliance with the often highly prescriptive regulation of intermediaries (especially in football), dispute resolution, intellectual property protection and general compliance. All advice is tailored to meet your unique needs, challenges and budgets.

Work we have done
  • Acting for a football agency in relation to a contract dispute claim under English jurisdiction and law which arose from the transfer of two players from a Portuguese football club to a Premier League English club.
  • Assisting an intermediary in registration of a player in English academies and with a Portuguese Club for his first professional contract.
  • Advising an academy on compliance with FA Regulations and in the context of a dispute with the former academy director who setup a rival academy and sought to poach staff and players.
  • Advising a well-known boxing promoter on various commercial contracts and intellectual property matters.
  • Advising Clubs on football academy improvements and compliance with inter academy transfers of youth players.
  • Advising an intermediary/agent on numerous issues affecting his portfolio of professional footballers playing in England and Europe.

Contact a specialist

Ian McCombie

Partner | Commercial Litigation

+44 (0) 330 137 3316

+44 (0)7720 295 270

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Paul Scope

Partner | Employment

+44 (0) 330 137 3167

+44 (0)754 055 6295

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Matthew Cormack

Partner | Commercial

+44 (0) 330 137 3412

+44 (0)773 846 2586

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Phil Edmondson

Partner | Commercial Litigation

+44 (0) 330 137 3330

+44 (0) 789 498 7648

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What people say

  • Phil was recommended to us when we had issues with a sports body. He was very clear, personable and knowledgeable about a range of issues. Phil always presented a variety of options and the potential effect - this enabled us to have an idea of costs and exactly which actions to take. We felt he cared about us as clients and was both realistic and reassuring throughout.

    Lisa Houghton-Smith (Muay Thai Double World Champion) and Richard Smith (European Champion and coach to 10 world champions). Bad Company Gym.
  • Having served as an active Non-Executive Director of British Weightlifting since July 2020, I have found Phil to be an integral part of the leadership team through his invaluable legal counsel on commercial and sports litigation and sports regulations. Phil prides himself on his attention to detail and his overall professionalism. At the same time, his ethics are beyond reproach.

    Matthew Curtain, Chief Executive Officer, British Weightlifting
  • Phil has helped us and Leeds United for several years, with issues large and small. He is really passionate about his work and this shines through in how he cares for our interests and his strategic guidance. Phil just gets what is needed for players and Clubs in the difficult world of football.

    Kalvin Phillips, Midfielder for Manchester City & England
  • I had the opportunity to work with Phil on a novel issue involving claims among professional sports teams. As an owner of one of the teams and a long-term litigator in the US, I really appreciated his ability to understand the goals, identify the issues, and work together to develop a successful plan that produced an excellent result for my company. While I hope to have no further sports litigation issues, if I do, Phil will be my first call.

    Rob Couhig, Chairman, Wycombe Wanderers Football Club

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