Oliver Hunt

Founding Partner, Onside Law

Oliver is a founding partner of onside law setting up the firm in 2005 after spending more than five years as in-house counsel at sports/media giant IMG. Oliver is a commercial lawyer specialising in the sports industry.

Oliver is arguably the leading golf lawyer in Europe with a ‘Who’s Who of Golf’ client list. Oliver acts for the PGA European Tour and the Ryder Cup, as well as many leading players including Rory McIlroy, Sir Nick Faldo, Justin Rose and Graeme McDowell. Oliver advised on all aspects of the 2018 and 2022 Ryder Cup Bid processes, and Rory McIlroy on the overhaul of his commercial affairs, including his ground-breaking endorsement contract with Nike, together with his deals with Santander, Omega and Bose.

Oliver also heads up our Football work with personal and practical experience sitting on the Board at Kidderminster Harriers FC and his clients include the likes of Alan Pardew, Eden Hazard, Eric Dier, Patrick Vieira, Paris St. Germain and Southampton Football Club. Oliver also has extensive experience across all other sports such as rugby and cricket and other notable clients such as Victoria Pendleton, Sir Steve Redgrave and Red Bull Racing.

Oliver qualified and practised as a commercial lawyer at city law firm, Nabarro, where he was seconded to Wolff Olins and IMG, prior to joining IMG full time as senior in-house counsel. At IMG Oliver was responsible for the legal affairs of IMG's flagship golf division in Europe as well as advising its events, publishing, licensing and football divisions. Oliver has also been seconded to Dunnhumby and the PGA European Tour.

Oliver has published a number of articles, has appeared as an expert on the BBC 10 o’clock News, and has featured in the likes of Sports Business, The New York Times, The Times and the Daily Telegraph as a sports law expert. Oliver is recommended by independent legal directories Legal 500 and Chambers as a leading sports law practitioner where he is described as “hardworking, thorough and personable’, and an “excellent communicator and clear strategist" (Legal 500). Oliver possesses "very strong knowledge of the football marketplace for managers and players" and has "very impressive cross-border capabilities," according to interviewees. He is instructed by major clients in football and golf, where he recently advised Ryder Cup Europe on all aspects of its bid for the 2022 Ryder Cup Match.

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