Sports and entertainment

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

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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.

While individual athletes and their agents seek to optimise their employment contracts, image rights and tax arrangements, the governing bodies which regulate their sports face new challenges including disciplinary and doping offences. And in a sporting world where businesses compete on an international level, the protection of intellectual property and successful resolution of commercial issues are increasingly important.

Penningtons Manches' sports and entertainment group comprises a multidisciplinary team of employment, commercial, intellectual property, dispute resolution, professional regulation, immigration, reputation management and tax lawyers. Together we offer guidance across a broad spectrum of issues including employment contracts, disciplinary and regulatory matters as well as providing advice on managing wealth and reputation, structuring tax affairs and relocating families for individual athletes.

Post Brexit, we are increasingly consulted on personal immigration queries where we work closely with our highly regarded immigration team. Our employment lawyers have in-depth knowledge of all aspects of contract negotiation and provide specialised help in resolving conflict should it arise. Our private client team offers tailored personal wealth management and international tax planning services for UK and non-UK based clients while our reputation management experts are on hand whenever reputation or privacy is an issue. Our IP practice is frequently acknowledged for its pragmatic advice on protecting brands and intellectual property rights, and our commercial dispute resolution team has significant experience of cross-border litigation.

With a client base that includes governing bodies, clubs and teams, players and agents and other sports-related commercial ventures, we work across a variety of different sports - from football, rugby, golf and cricket to sailing, power boat racing and Formula One. We also have significant expertise in supporting clients in the broader entertainment field including venue owners, sponsors, retailers and broadcasters, advising them on both commercial and private client related matters.

Individual members of our team have personal experience of the sports and entertainment world, having spent time working in-house or on secondment. Their first-hand understanding and insights are of fundamental importance to our practical and solutions-focused approach.

We offer expert advice on:

  • personal wealth management and international tax planning for individuals
  • employment contracts with teams and associations
  • disciplinary and related issues with employers and governing bodies
  • immigration matters for both employers and employees
  • defamation, privacy and reputation management
  • sponsorship, merchandising and advertising for commercial partners to broadcasters and events
  • brand protection, intellectual property and image rights
  • legal aspects of event management for venue owners, including online issues

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.

Transfer dialogue

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

Equestrian dispute

Advising a professional showjumper on a dispute with a very wealthy owner of horses previously competed by the showjumper.

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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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