Sports and entertainment

The enthusiastic, dynamic team at Penningtons Manches stands out for its commitment.

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In the complex and increasingly global sports industry, getting the right legal expertise at the right time is important. Athletes and their agents negotiating contracts, sports governing bodies facing regulatory and disciplinary challenges and sports-related businesses competing in an international market all need access to specialist sports law advice.

Penningtons Manches’ enthusiastic and dynamic team of sports lawyers offers an integrated service across a broad spectrum of issues, advising clients on commercial, sponsorship and intellectual property matters; immigration issues and employment contracts; litigation and dispute resolution; and managing reputation, tax and private wealth.

Widely acknowledged for the depth of their market insight, our sports lawyers and business development consultants provide legal services for 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 the motor sports arenas of Formula One and Formula E.

Our lawyers also have significant expertise in supporting clients in the broader sports and entertainment field including venue owners, sponsors, retailers and broadcasters who engage us on both commercial and private client related matters.

We have an international outlook, and have taken a lead role in the launch of the Multilaw Sport global service which provides specialist knowledge to sports clients around the world. Our lawyers are pro-active members of sports industry organisations including the British Association for Sport and Law (BASL), Women in Sport and Sports Resolutions’ pro-bono panel.

So from international athletes (and their families) wishing to relocate to the UK or agents, players and clubs with employment questions through to high level and international investigations on finance and regulatory issues, our sports lawyers can help.

We offer expert advice on:

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

Recent work highlights

Visa application for e-sports player

Acting on behalf of a leading electronic sports tournament organiser to obtain a visa for a well recognised e-sports player to enable his participation in a UK competition.


Rugby ticket fraud

Leading a group action on behalf of a number of victims of fraudulent luxury corporate hospitality packages for the Six Nations rugby fixtures.


Football tax investigations

Advising elite footballers and agents in relation to enquiries from HM Revenue and Customs concerning transfers and ancillary issues.

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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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