The experienced sports team at Bermans provides specialist legal advice to a range of individuals and organisations across the sports industry, with considerable experience in football, boxing, rugby and horse racing.

We provide advice and support on all sports related matters, with a particular focus on:

  • Player/Athlete Contracts & Welfare
  • Endorsements and image rights
  • Sporting clubs’ constitution, policies, HR & employment issues
  • Regulatory & Disciplinary matters [including anti-doping & gambling]
  • Reputational issues & damage management, limitation & control
  • Social media guidance and support
  • Dispute management & resolution
  • Redress for mis-sold investments

We are regularly instructed by players, boxers, agents/intermediaries and managers. Our experience means that we understand sport and strive to help reach the best solution for you.

We will always work hard to support you and provide clear and pragmatic advice to help you achieve your goals, whether that is helping you to solve a problem or grab a new opportunity. Whatever it is that you need advice on, whether it is straightforward or more complex, we are here to help and always treat our clients’ issues with the strictest of confidence.

Our team includes ex-professional footballer Gareth Farrelly, who has several high-profile appointments including as an Arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and David Keenan, who is ranked as a “Rising Star” in Sports Law in the Legal500 2021.

Office Locations:

  • Liverpool
  • Manchester


  • Street: Exchange Station, Tithebarn Street
  • Postcode: L2 2QP
  • City: Liverpool
  • Country: United Kingdom


  • Telephone: 0151 224 0524 / 07749314105
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  • David Keenan

    Senior Associate
    • 0151 224 0524 / 07749314105
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  • Gareth Farrelly

    Senior Associate
    • 0151 224 0532 / 07768181159
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