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If you're a sponsor or commercial partner in the sports sector seeking expert legal advice and strategic guidance, our specialist lawyers understands the importance of protecting your investments and maximising your opportunities in this dynamic industry.

We are dedicated to helping you navigate the complexities of sports sponsorship with precision and confidence.

We have a wealth of experience representing and advising sponsors and commercial partners in the sports sector. We’ve helped clients like you achieve their objectives, protect their interests, and navigate the competitive world of sports sponsorship.

Our legal services cover a broad spectrum, including contract negotiation, intellectual property protection, sponsorship disputes, regulatory compliance, and more. We provide you with a comprehensive solution for all your legal needs.

Work we have done
  • Advising a Premier League football Club on a dispute with its global household name kit manufacturer and sponsor.
  • Advising a Premier League football Club on a contract with a key brand sponsor of its first team kit.
  • Advising a global and household name consumer electronics brand on sponsorship deals with football clubs such as Aston Villa and Leeds United.
  • Advising a household name consumer electronics brand relation to numerous marketing and promotional campaigns associated with the its brand’s sponsorship of the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship, as well as the brand’s sponsorship of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
  • Acting in sponsorship/partnerships with football clubs such as:
  • The collaboration between JD Sports, adidas and Celtic.
  • The sponsorship of various Liverpool teams by Nivea.
  • Acting for a fragrance manufacturer in preparing and negotiating a worldwide licence of the right to sell fragrances under the Cristiano Ronaldo brand.
  • Advising Newcastle Falcons in relation to various sponsorship and other commercial contracts including sponsorship of playing kit by kit suppliers. Also advising on exclusive contracts for beer and lager sales.
  • Advising Durham County Cricket Club on sponsorship contracts including ground and kit sponsorship. Also advising on contracts relating to use of the ground for major music events.

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

Managing Associate | 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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