Walker Morris is one of the few firms in the UK that can genuinely offer the complete sports law service.  We regularly receive instructions from four Premier League clubs, seven Championship clubs and several clubs in the lower leagues. We also have a long-standing history in rugby, and act for a number of rugby clubs.

Our expertise spans the whole spectrum of sports law including:

  • brand protection and exploitation
  • club sales and acquisitions
  • corporate restructuring and insolvencies
  • employment and immigration issues
  • player/manager negotiations
  • real estate
  • sponsorship deals
  • sports disciplinary hearings.

In terms of football club sales and purchases, the Group act for a range of high net worth clients and it is often instructed by owners of football clubs looking to sell or wealthy companies / individuals that are looking to acquire football clubs.  The Group has acted on two Premier League and five Championship sales/purchases in the past few years alone.  In terms of football finance, the Group specialises in advising financial institutions, stadium companies and major debt funds on general football financial activity including the discounting of player transfer monies and the discounting of central funds. 

The Group has taken one of the lead roles on the vast majority of football club insolvencies in the last three years, including clubs from the Championship, Leagues 1 and 2 as well as non-league clubs. The Group also took one of the lead roles when it advised on the Portsmouth administration, the only Premier League club ever to have gone into administration.

The Walker Morris Sports Group is rated as a top-tier law firm in the ‘Sports Sector’ in the latest edition of the Legal 500. Head of the Sports Team, David Hinchliffe, has been voted UK Sports Lawyer of the Year 2014 and 2015 in the Finance Monthly Law Awards, 2015 Sports Lawyer of the Year in the M&A Today Global Awards, Winner - Sports & Gaming Law, UK - Corporate LiveWire - Global Awards 2015 and 2014 UK Sports Lawyer of the Year in the ACQ Global Awards. The team has been voted the ‘Best Professional Service Business’ in The MBNA Northern Sports Awards, and shortlisted in the same category in The Football Business Awards every year since 2012. Learn more about the Group here.

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