Expert sports lawyers
Offering the complete package to professional sportspeople
Our dedicated team of sports lawyers represent sportspersons and sports personalities within football, including the Premier League and the Championship, boxing, tennis, rugby and many other sports.
We understand the sports industry from both a legal, commercial and professional sportsperson perspective, and we can support you in any legal matter with our full service practices across the country.
Our team provide round-the-clock commercially sound advice when it’s needed most at a time to suit you. We’re on your side and able to offer that rapid response when required, as we do with our current sporting clients.
Get in touch with Dov Katz to discuss what we can do for you.
Main Areas Of Practice
Our sports lawyers provide clear and commercially sound advice to professional athletes.
Our commercial lawyers have vast experience. We make sure the contracts that are drawn up give the best possible outcome and protection for our clients, whether that is for sporting or commercial deals. Understanding the needs of clients and the market is key in this.
We know that a reputation can take years in the making but be destroyed in a second. This is especially important for individuals in this online age. We advise on libel defamation, slander defamation, internet defamation and recommend how best to protect your reputation by bringing or defending libel claims in the High Court or by alternative dispute resolution.
Wealth management is crucial for professional sportspeople as a career at the top does not last forever. You need to ensure that any wealth you have earned in your career is protected and managed in the right way so that you can look after yourself, family and future generations.
Our specialist tax solicitors know that retaining wealth and providing for your family is a key concern. Blake Morgan’s estate planning and international tax solicitors can help ensure your assets are structured to grow whilst making use of valuable reliefs.
Residential property ownership requires consideration of both lifetime and succession issues whether you are acquiring UK property for investment or development. Considering the practicalities of ownership and the tax implications, we provide advice on the appropriate structures to ensure you can make the right decision.
We have a highly rated employment team that can help with all areas of employment law, including settlement agreements. Employment law is constantly changing but we keep on top of this and are able to assist in a variety of ways.
Blake Morgan’s specialist Brand Protection and Trade Mark team are experts in all aspects of worldwide brand protection and trade marks. We can help in all areas of trade marks from creation to protection and enforcing your trade mark around the world.
Our extensive immigration expertise in areas such as investment, working and family visas, as well as settlement applications is highly valued by our private clients. We can help with the new immigration developments post-Brexit.
The hundred-plus litigation and dispute resolution group at Blake Morgan acts on disputes in the Courts and in arbitration for international, national and regional clients. Our considerable regional presence, together with the London team, provides the group with the strength and depth to act on the most complex and significant of contentious problems.
Working alongside agents, managers, accountants, financial advisers and other professionals, our sports lawyer team look after our clients’ welfare, allowing professional athletes to concentrate on what they do best.
"Dov Katz stands out," according to market sources. "His strengths are in his client relationships, which are driven by his outstanding interpersonal skills, while he is clearly technically brilliant."
- Chambers and Partners
It really has been the smoothest house purchase that I’ve worked on to date, and I have really appreciated the quick responses to our questions, regular updates and clear communications. These things have really made the service your team provides stand out against other companies I have used in the past, where it has been like pulling teeth just to get a response or speak to someone in person!
- A Client, April 2021
Flora is a fantastic, all-round practitioner with a particular specialism in complex trusts and children work. She has a calm and meticulous approach to her work, nothing phases her, and she is utterly committed to her clients.
- Legal 500, 2021
Jill Bainbridge is an excellent lawyer with top-notch knowledge and experience. Brilliant at dealing with clients, and with barristers. Always helpful and available.
- Legal 500, 2021
Paul Hayward has always provided first class advice. He provides an invaluable support to the business and my team. He goes over and above by ensuring not only that the case is handled correctly but that my own understanding is there.
- Legal 500, 2021
Advising a number of Premier League/Championship players on a variety of matters including club transfers, property investment and various private client and media related matters.
Advised a Premier League manager in connection with the disposal of a significant property portfolio.
Advised a former Olympic athlete on challenging his non-selection to represent GB at the Commonwealth Games.
Awards, Accolades and Accreditations
Senior Associate and Head of Immigration Team
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