Walker Morris’ Sports Team advise on acquisition of York City Knights

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18/01/2022

Walker Morris’ Sports Team have advised Australian businessman, Clint Goodchild, on the acquisition of Rugby League Championship side York City Knights.

This marks a new era for the Knights after the previous owner’s 5 years at the helm, and comes on the back of their recent success and move to the LNER Community Stadium last year. Mr Goodchild has a background in business turnaround and has worked in numerous industries, including marketing, events, hospitality, and sports management, and his hope is to continue to build the connection between the club and its community.

David Hinchliffe, Christian Slinger, Jake Phillips (Sport), Jeremy Moore, Hannah Levy and Frances Scarisbrick (Real Estate) advised on the acquisition which involved a purchase of 100% of the shares in the club.

Commenting on the deal Mr Goodchild said:

“I’m excited to find myself in the heartland of the game and I look forward to continuing the growing connection between the club and its community. My thanks go to Christian and Jake and everyone at Walker Morris for all of their assistance in getting this deal done.”

Christian Slinger, a Senior Associate in the Sports Team at Walker Morris, said:

“It was great for the team to be involved in a rugby league acquisition in Yorkshire and we wish Clint and the York City Knights the best of luck for the new season. Special thanks to Jake Phillips for all of his hard work on this one and we look forward to enjoying a game at the LNER Community Stadium in the near future.”

Ranked in the top tier by leading independent guides to the profession, the Walker Morris Sports team is one of the few Firms in the UK that can offer the complete sports law service. This latest transaction continues to demonstrate their position as one of the top sports M&A law firms in the country and their commitment to advising on transactions in Yorkshire and beyond.

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