Lewis Silkin

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Lewis Silkin’s leading Sports Business Group works with many of the world’s best known sports brands, as well as for sponsors, agencies and venues across a wide range of sports.

Lewis Silkin’s Sports Business Group is widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading sports practices. We have a substantial team of highly experienced sports lawyers with specialists in sports disputes, employment, commercial, immigration, IP, data and corporate matters. We take a very commercial approach to providing legal advice and pride ourselves on being easy to work with, providing clients with the solution-focused, easy to consume advice they want. As a firm of 64 partners and over 340 members of staff, our specialist sports lawyers also have the benefit of working with lawyers with other technical and sector expertise, enabling them to draw on this to the benefit of our sports clients.

We work across a very wide range of sports, and with many sports businesses. Much of our work is in football where we have advised 10 Premier League teams on matters ranging from disputes, transfers, coach hiring/firing, immigration, IP, commercial, corporate and data protection matters. We also act for 3 Premiership rugby teams, a Formula One team and a Formula E team and work in horse racing, boxing, cycling, e-sports, golf and other Olympic sports. As well as representing clubs, teams and other sports bodies, we work with sports agencies, events and venues, athletes, and brands sponsoring sports properties. 

To give you a flavour of our work, some recent examples include:

  • Employment: drafting and negotiating a manager’s contract for a leading Premier League club; advising another Premier League club on a highly sensitive contentious employment matter, and the departure of a number of senior staff; advising rugby Unions and Clubs on a range employment matters from day to day queries to central contracting of players and high profile, off-field, disciplinary issues
  • Corporate/Commercial: advising the Ladies Professional Golf Association on creation of their joint venture with the Ladies European Tour
  • Disputes and Regulatory: successfully representing three Northampton Saints rugby players in an independent Disciplinary Hearing following incident in a Heineken Champions Cup match; advising an investment vehicle owning third party rights in players on disputes with football clubs; advising a leading football agency on a variety of disputes involving clubs, players and/or agents
  • Commercial/Sponsorship: advising Ascot Racecourse on a wide variety of commercial, licensing and sponsorship deals; advising Three on their shirt sponsorship deal with Chelsea FC; advising Deliveroo on sports sponsorship deals
  • Intellectual Property: managing the trade mark portfolio of, and advising on IP infringements for, a large Premier League club
  • Data: undertaking a comprehensive data protection audit for a Premier League club and advising it on issues relating to COVID-19 testing of players; advising a national governing body on data issues arising in connection with disciplinary action taken against a coach
  • Immigration: obtaining visas for two world champion boxers to participate in a UK event after they had previously both been refused UK visas twice in the past; securing the relevant immigration status for a retired football player to enable him to establish a new player agency in the UK

Our Sports Group is headed by Alex Kelham and Andrew Osbourne and consists of over 20 practitioners. The group regularly contribute to our Sports Insights blog on topical news which you can access here. We also host regular forum events featuring debates from leading external experts across the Sports Sector. If you are interested in attending these events and receiving our sports updates please let us know by reaching out to us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Address

  • Street: 5 Chancery Lane, Clifford's Inn Passage
  • Postcode: EC4A 1BL
  • City: London
  • Country: Hong Kong, United Kingdom

Contact

  • Telephone: 020 7074 8000
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Employees

  • Alex Kelham

    Alex Kelham

    Partner
    • +44 20 7074 8211
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  • Andrew Osborne

    Andrew Osborne

    Partner
    • +44 20 7074 8262
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  • Karish Andrews

    Karish Andrews

    Corporate Partner
    • +44 20 7074 8106
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  • Jeremy Summers

    Jeremy Summers

    Partner
    • +44 20 7074 8165
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  • Stephen O’Flaherty

    Stephen O’Flaherty

    Associate
    • +44 20 7074 8109
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  • JJ Shaw

    JJ Shaw

    Associate
    • +44 (0)20 7074 8348
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  • John Shea

    John Shea

    Senior Associate
    • +44 (0)20 7074 8178
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  • Jonathon Carr

    Jonathan Carr

    Partner
    • +44 (0)20 7074 8497
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