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.