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"Clarke Willmott's knowledge of the...sports industry is "second to none" say clients..." (The Legal 500)

Our sports sector team ranks firmly in the top 3 nationally, delivering specialist advice to the sports industry domestically and internationally with a dedicated team of over 50 lawyers working out of London and 4 other locations.

Excellence in and understanding of the law and sport is a given. Where we stand apart is in delivering opportunity and adding to the client's bottom line. Our understanding of and relationships within sport are second to none. Clients tell us that we are the sort of people they like to deal with - personable, accessible, articulate and responsive.

We regularly work with some of the most high profile stakeholders in the sports industry including governing bodies, event owners, rights holders, sponsors, participants and representative bodies. We deliver intuitive strategic and legal advice across a wide range of disciplines with leaders in their field heading up each specialist area covered by our sports law team. With strength in depth we ensure work is done at the right level, efficiently and cost-effectively.

Our lawyers also have substantial experience as owners, investors, participants and independent directors within professional sport. In short, if you have an issue we are likely to have dealt with it before and know how to best advise you on what is right for you.

Clarke Willmott LLP. Sport. Connected.

Contact: Kevin Jones or Tim Ryan

  • Kevin Jones - Head of the Sports Sector team

    Kevin is a specialist employment and human resources solicitor and heads up the Clarke Willmott sports sector team. Kevin regularly advised numerous professional sport clubs on employment law and HR related issues. In particular Kevin advises and works with a number of professional football, rugby and cricket clubs. Kevin takes a particular interest in advising professional sports clubs on managers' and coaches' contracts as well as appropriate exit arrangements. Kevin is recognised by Chambers as an employment law expert.

  • Tim Ryan – Partner, Sports/Commercial

    Tim is an experienced sports, leisure and media lawyer. He advises on a wide range of commercial transactions and matters, including rights management, licensing, sponsorship, merchandising, marketing, provision of a variety of services and digital media (including social media). Tim has also advised on the organisation and hosting of national and international events and previously managed a team of lawyers in-house advising on issues including ticketing, hospitality, logistics, sales and marketing. He has been legal adviser to and operating board member of a company holding commercial rights in respect of the previous two Rugby World Cup tournaments.

  • Simon Thomas – Partner, Corporate/Sports

    Simon heads Clarke Willmott's corporate and commercial team. As such Simon has a wide range of experience in advising on mergers and acquisitions, company disposals, venture capital and private company fund raising. Simon has worked with and advised numerous sport sector organisations in relation to corporate related activities, including advising on a takeover of a Premier League football club, the sale of a Championship rugby club and the corporate structure of a first class county cricket club as well as a number of fund raisings for professional football, rugby and cricket clubs.

  • Roy Crozier – Partner, Sports/Brand and Intellectual Property

    Roy jointly heads up the Clarke Willmott national intellectual property team and is based in our Manchester office. Roy has extensive experience of operating in the sports sector and has worked with a number of leading premiership football clubs as well as a number of internationally recognised sports brand in protecting and exploiting their intellectual property rights. Areas that Roy and his team take a particular interest in includes advising on intellectual property disputes involving breach of confidence and privacy actions, advice on the registration of intellectual property including undertaking IP audits, trade mark portfolio management, advice in relation to endorsement/sponsorship agreements and other commercial agreements involving intellectual property. In addition Roy is experienced in advising on agreements with the media.

  • Owen Williams – Partner, Sport Litigation

    Owen heads up the Clarke Willmott sport litigation team. Owen has acted in a number of disputes in the sports sector, acting for both professional sports team and sportsmen. Owen takes a particular interest in rugby and motorsport.

London Office
10 Furnival Street
United Kingdom
Tel: 0845 209 1000
Fax: 0845 209 2514

Birmingham Office
138 Edmund Street
B3 2ES
United Kingdom
Tel: 0845 209 1000
Fax: 0845 209 2001

Manchester Office
10th Floor
3 Hardman Street
M3 3HF
United Kingdom
Tel: 0845 209 1000
Fax: 0845 209 2005

Taunton Office
Blackbrook Gate
Blackbrook Park Avenue
United Kingdom
Tel: 0845 209 1000
Fax: 0845 209 2004

Sounthampton Office
Burlington House Botleigh Grange
Business Park Hedge End
SO30 2AF
United Kingdom
Tel: 0845 209 1000
Fax: 0845 209 2003

Kevin Jones
Head of the Sports Sector team

Tim Copplestone
Partner, Sports/Commercial

Roy Crozier
Partner, Sports/Brand and Intellectual Property

Simon Thomas
Partner, Corporate/Sports

Owen Williams
Partner, Sport Litigation

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