Richard Crabb is a Senior Legal Counsel at HSBC. He is the Global Head of Legal: Sponsorship, Communications & S.S.S. Global Legal, HOST & Marketing.
He heads-up the legal team which negotiates and manages HSBC’s global sports sponsorship portfolio, which includes some of the world’s biggest golf tournaments (such as The Open, WGC HSBC Champions in Shanghai and Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship) together with the tournament title sponsorship of the HSBC World Rugby 7s. Richard also works closely with some of the world’s leading sports rights and activation agencies, managing not only the rights, but also the exploitation of rights across various jurisdictions.
Formerly a partner in the acclaimed sports law firm, McCormicks, Richard spent 6 years acting for a wide range of high-profile sports governing bodies, clubs and individuals, which included the FA Premier League; Leeds United FC; Yorkshire County Cricket Club and the Ryman League. Richard has also acted in defamation matters and contentious sports cases, the highlight of which involved a leading dispute involving an international footballer and his management agency.
Prior to entering the Law, Richard worked as a UK marketing manager for Procter & Gamble where the world’s biggest marketing company schooled him in the ways of marketing and sponsorship. He now combines his marketing and legal skills, and particular love of football by volunteering on the board at Vanarama National Football Conference North team, Harrogate Town AFC.