Sports and entertainment

The team at Penningtons Manches is our first choice when we need up-to-the-minute expertise.

Legal counsel to film and television industry stakeholder

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The sports and entertainment industries create unique business opportunities as well as significant demands for those involved in these complex and continually evolving fields. With a wealth of specialist experience, we can provide the commercial and pragmatic advice needed to realise our clients' objectives and overcome a broad spectrum of issues.

Penningtons Manches' sports and entertainment group includes lawyers from a number of practice areas, including employment, commercial, IP and IT, litigation, professional regulation, immigration and private client. We have a track record of providing advice at many levels in the sector, including governing bodies, teams, players, agents, venue owners, sponsors and broadcasters, and across a variety of different sports - from football, rugby, golf and cricket to boxing and motor racing.

We also have significant expertise in supporting clients in the entertainment field, particularly individuals and agents, on both commercial and private client related matters.

Members of our team have spent time working in-house or on secondments to entertainment and sports businesses. Their first-hand understanding and insights are fundamentally important to our practical and solutions-focused approach.

We offer expert advice on:

  • private client and tax planning matters for individuals in the sector
  • employment contracts with teams and associations and disciplinary related issues with employers and governing bodies
  • immigration matters for both employers and employees
  • sponsorship, merchandising and advertising for commercial partners to broadcasters and sports events
  • all legal aspects of event management for venue owners, including brand associations, ambush marketing and online issues
  • brand portfolio management and e-commerce matters

Recent work highlights

Championship appointment

Acting for a SkyBet Championship football club in connection with the high profile gross misconduct dismissal of its first team manager and the establishment of a new management structure.


Royalty payment negotiations

Advising a collection society for the UK film and television industry on negotiations with HM Revenue & Customs in relation to tax on royalty payments across multiple jurisdictions.


Transfer dialogue

Representing an FA licensed agent in the Sports and Disciplinary Tribunal in connection with a claim for commission against a player following his transfer between two Premier League football clubs.

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Penningtons Manches LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. San Francisco is an associated office.

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