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We specialise in a number of areas within the field of sports law as set out below, don’t hesitate to contact us for further information.

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  • Agreements (including autobiographies)
  • Business start up advice
  • Dispute resolution
  • Employment contracts
  • Inellectual property litigation
  • Licensing (including stadium)
  • Litigation and disciplinary issues (including drugs in sport)
  • Media coverage litigation
  • Merchandising Agreements
  • Personal injury and player-to-player liability
  • Professional negligence advice
  • Sponsorship Agreements
  • Sports dispute mediation
  • Sports injury assessment
  • Sports insolvency
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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 . 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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Rugby Union doing a ‘Neymar’

Wednesday September 06 2017

There has been something in the water this summer, in the parallel transfer markets of rugby union and football. In the latter, Neymar Jr. transferred to PSG in a deal worth an eye-watering £370m, a sum of money inconceivable within … Continue reading

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

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Chris Allen
Chris Allen
Managing Partner
0113 227 9228

Chris Allen qualified as a Solicitor in 1993 and joined Blacks Solicitors in 1994, where he has held the position of Managing Partner since 2008.

He specialises in advising on the drafting and negotiation of Settlement Agreements, drafting contracts of employment, and conducting Employment Tribunal proceedings.

Chris is recognised by The Legal 500 for “leading by example” and for being “friendly and reasonable”. He has also been flagged by Chambers & Partners as “an absolutely first class communicator, whether that is with his clients or with the community more widely.”

He is also a member of the firm’s Sports Law team which acts on behalf of a number of sports clubs, associations, manufacturers and retailers. The Team is recommended by The Legal 500 for providing “a very high level of service.” Chris is noted as a Leading Individual in this area of law and is described as a “consummate professional and a concise lawyer with a fine eye for detail.”

Matt Diskin
Matt Diskin
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Brian Deane
Brian Deane
Sports Consultant
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Dave Paterson
Dave Paterson
0113 227 9341

Dave Paterson joined Blacks Solicitors in 2004, where he trained and qualified, and is now a Partner in the Corporate & Commercial team.

Dave regularly drafts and advises on lending and finance documents and has vast experience at dealing with all types of corporate matters for Owner Managed Businesses (OMBs) including acquisitions, disposals, and restructuring. He has acted on several management buyouts (MBOs) in the last 12 months and has been lead advisor on several multi million pound transactions acting for both Buyers and Sellers, including a Share Sale valued at £64m and a Share Purchase at £51m.

Dave has built a strong reputation advising Family Owned Companies (FOCs) on succession planning and issues. He recently advised one high profile Yorkshire based FOC on complex succession issues which involved extracting shareholdings which were held in Trusts.

He also regularly drafts and advises clients on commercial agreements. Recent particularly commercial work included: advising an IT service provider on a £10m+ maintenance agreement; advising a client on its “shirt front” sponsorship agreement with a Premier League Football Club; and drafting a Software Licence and Support and Maintenance Agreement for a local PLC.

Dave is also recognised by The Legal 500 for his “breadth of corporate knowledge” and for being “to the point, avoiding excessive fluff”.

Andrew Gale
Andrew Gale
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