Sports Solicitors

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Whether you represent a sports club, governing body or are an athlete looking for legal support, our team of experts are on hand to advise and support you whatever the issue.

Working in sport is rarely 9 to 5, which is why our dedicated team of sports lawyers provide support around the clock, including at weekends.

Boasting extensive experience, the seniority of the team reflects the high-profile nature of both the cases and clients they represent. With a large portfolio of clients, including local sports clubs, the team offer expertise across a broad range of specialisms, including:

  • Contract disputes/dispute resolution
  • Contract preparation
  • Employment law
  • Sports rights agreements
  • Intellectual property
  • Naming rights
  • Property work
  • Sponsorship and endorsement agreements
  • Outsourcing agreements
  • Equality law
  • Licensing agreements
  • Regulatory/business defence
  • Criminal/motoring law
  • Personal injury/negligence on the sporting field
  • Event hosting agreements
  • Brand protection
  • Media contracts
  • Partnership agreements
  • Personal injury
  • Tax and estate planning
  • Regulatory and compliance

The services offered by our dedicated Sports team have been recognised by the Legal 500, which states that:

“Smith Partnership acts for sports clubs, sport governing bodies and athletes, with core sports expertise in commercial work, ranging from sponsorship and endorsement agreements to partnership agreements, intellectual property and IT work, employment and insurance work as well as regulatory work. James Johnson leads the team from the Derby office. In addition to advising a newly promoted Championship team on employment contracts for managing and coaching staff, Johnson also assisted Burton Albion Football Club on relation to the departure of First Team Manager to Queens Park Rangers and the appointment of Nigel Clough and new coaching staff. Fraser Cunningham, also in Derby, recently advised Derby County Football Club on a partnership agreement with the University of Derby, aimed at facilitating a Sporting degree. Other clients include Burton Hockey Club and Mickleover Football Club.”

To find out more or to discuss your specific requirements, contact us.

The Team


Our team of dedicated sports solicitors offers the in-depth expertise needed to deal with legal challenges relating to the sporting world. The team consists of:

  • James Johnson
    James Johnson
  • Claire Twells
    Claire Twells
  • Fraser Cunningham
    Fraser Cunningham
  • Jason Wood
    Jason Wood
  • Kevin McGrath
    Kevin McGrath
    Managing Partner, Head of Business Defence
  • Russell Davies
    Russell Davies
  • David Clark
    David Clark
  • Simon Rowley
    Simon Rowley
  • Rashid Ali
    Rashid Ali
  • Bally Atwal
    Bally Atwal

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