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We understand the unwavering dedication, focus and passion that athletes like you bring to your sport.

Your commitment to excellence is what fuels your success on the field, track, or court. To support your journey, we are proud to offer specialised legal solutions tailored to your needs.

We recognise that every athlete’s journey is unique, with distinct goals, challenges, and aspirations. Our legal strategies are meticulously customised to fit your individual needs and objectives, ensuring that our legal support allows you to focus on your athletic career and safeguards your interests.

Our legal services cover a wide spectrum of areas relevant to athletes, including contract negotiation and drafting, reputation and crisis management, intellectual property and image rights protection, disciplinary investigations, and dispute resolution.

Work we have done
  • Represented Premier League footballers and a Champions League winner in regulatory investigations and disciplinary proceedings relating to allegations of misconduct and discrimination.
  • Represented a Premier League Club and footballer in relation to alleged breaches of FA Gambling Rules.
  • Advising an Olympic medallist and professional world champion boxer on numerous projects.
  • Representing multi time world champion MMA fighters in respect of national governing body decisions and international governing body selection and safeguarding decisions which impacted their careers.
  • Advising a professional footballer based in European complex transfer, registration and NGB sponsorship rules, including the English Football Association’s “Exceptions Panel” and points based registration eligibility system.
  • Providing advice to current and former Premier League footballers on reputation and crisis management and privacy protection issues.
  • Advising a Premier League and Championship footballer on numerous business related issues.
  • Advising a former player and current manager on a dispute with an owner of a National League Football Club.
  • Providing personal advice including: divorce, prenuptials, issues around children, financial disputes, wills and estates, road traffic offences, specialist pensions advice.

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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