Centrefield LLP is a specialist sports practice advising clients in the sports sector across a broad range of areas, including contractual and commercial matters, regulatory and governance, disciplinary issues, (including anti-doping), immigration, employment, sponsorship/partnership arrangements, image rights, corporate, defamation, litigation and criminal law.
At Centrefield, we are consistently recognised as a market leader and our team has been setting the standards in the field for many years. Our multi-lingual team is made up of a highly specialised team of lawyers with many years’ experience of advising clients in the sports industry throughout the UK and internationally.
Our global network of contacts enables us to advise on a worldwide basis. We work with governing bodies, national associations, leagues, clubs, player/athlete associations, individual players/athletes and agents/intermediaries. We also work with rights holders, brands and individual personalities.
At Centrefield, we have acted for some of the most high profile businesses and individuals in sport on some of the most significant sports matters (both contentious and non-contentious) in recent years.
In addition, Centrefield is consistently recognised as a leading practice in football advising on football transactions and regulatory issues, including in respect of transfers/loans, player contracts, intermediary (agent) arrangements and disciplinary issues. We have also acted for a number of football clubs internationally, across Europe, Asia, North America and Oceania.
We have close links with a wide network of specialist sports law firms around the world, including in Spain, Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Portugal, Brazil, USA, Argentina, Japan and many others, as we are routinely involved in and co-ordinate advice on international transactions for our clients on the law in other jurisdictions. Similarly, we are regularly instructed by such international firms and their clients on matters requiring English law input.
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