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We support a number of local sports clubs and individuals; here are a collection of shots:


Leeds 10K Pre Race 
 
Leeds 10K Post Race
 
Wooden Spoon Annual Touch Rugby Tournament at Headingley Stadium

 
Blacks / Sagars / BBC Radio Leeds and Yorkshire CCC 5 a-side tournament
 
Blacks Solicitors versus Yorkshire CCC annual 11 a-side football match at Guiseley AFC

 
James Farad cycle from Leeds to Paris; Yorkshire Mafia


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The Sports Team has an envied reputation within the sport industry, particularly in relation to our work with sports individuals and our extensive industry knowledge and the Team is annually recognised for its expertise in the Legal 500 for sports law.

The Sports Team acts for individual sportsmen and women and those working in the sports industry.

Our sports consultants provide a truly niche service to sportsmen and women in relation to their professional and personal lives. The sports consultants bring to the table vital industry knowledge which extends beyond the law and adds value to our clients as they have been there and done it. 

The Sports Team serves new and existing clients of the firm who are involved in all aspects of sport, thus providing a comprehensive ‘one-stop’ service that ultimately enhances the profile of Blacks and provides opportunities for all departments. 

The Sports Team acts for and advises numerous professional sportsmen and women in a range of sporting and personal-related matters and legal issues. We also advise a number of sports clubs, sports associations, sports manufacturers and sports retailers.
 

We are able to link into various areas of sports media and networks, enabling us to provide a legal perspective on news concerning topical sports issues. We have also become a focal point for media interviews and features: members of our Sports Team have written a number of articles, reports and features for sports journals and magazines and have frequently appeared on national and regional television and radio.

The firm is a corporate member of the British Association for Sport and Law ("BASL"), a professional association representing sport law practitioners, sports administrators and sports law academics and students.
 

We are also members of the Sports Lawyers Association ("SLA") and the International Association of Sports Law ("IASL").

Chris Allen, Nick Rhodes and David Paterson are all registered lawyers with the Football Association. 

David Paterson is also a registered lawyer with the Rugby Football League. 

Andy Boyde is registered with the Rugby Football Union to advise on player contract negotiations.

Meet the Team

Blacks’ nationally recognised Sports Team (recommended in the Legal 500) provides advice to sports people, clubs and organisations alike. The Sports Team is headed up by Chris Allen and former professional rugby union player Andy Boyde. The Sports Team is bolstered by a Team of current and ex sports professionals.

You can meet the members of the Sports Team here:

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Is now the time for the Aviva Premiership to be ‘ring-fenced’ – Part II?

Friday August 26 2016

Richmond RFC will make a welcome return to the Championship following their catastrophic demise in 1999 when millionaire backer Ashley Levett pulled his cash and the club went into administration and was sent crashing to the ninth tier of English … Continue reading

Is now the time for the Aviva Premiership to be ‘ring-fenced’ – Part I?

Monday August 01 2016

Earlier this week a new deal worth £225 million between the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and Premiership Rugby was announced, but where does that leave Championship rugby with play-off rugby only guaranteed until the end of this season? The thrilling … Continue reading

Galling season for Van Gaal; Employment rights for Football’s top Managers

Monday May 16 2016

After being eliminated from both the Champions League and the Europa League, plus their recent failure to beat West Ham, Manchester United are on the cusp of failing to qualify for the Champions League after United’s destiny was taken out … Continue reading

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Andy Boyde
Andy Boyde
Solicitor
0113 227 9319
ABoyde@LawBlacks.com
Chris Allen
Chris Allen
Managing Partner
0113 227 9228
CAllen@LawBlacks.com
Matt Diskin
Matt Diskin
Consultant
0113 207 0000
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Brian Deane
Brian Deane
Sports Consultant
0113 207 0000
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David Paterson
David Paterson
Partner
0113 227 9341
DPaterson@LawBlacks.com
Andrew Gale
Andrew Gale
Consultant
0113 207 0000
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