Winning partnership with clients in the sporting arena

Gateley Plc has developed an enviable reputation for its expertise in handling some of the biggest deals in sport, whether it’s sponsorship and merchandising agreements, personality rights or construction projects.
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Our wide range of experience within sport and the sports industry means we are one of very few firms able to offer the full range of services required by organisations and individuals within the sports sector, in the UK or internationally.

Our work spans everything from property and stadia matters (including construction and planning), sponsorship agreements and athlete agreements to brand licensing, brand protection and exploitation, commercial contracts (including kit manufacturing and supply agreements, retail agreements and marketing agreements), governance issues, safeguarding policies, data protection, competition issues and employment issues.

Regardless of who it is we’re dealing with, we pride ourselves on our personal approach and our ability to flex our services to deliver what you need in a cost-effective and commercial way that works for you.

From multi-million-pound licensing agreements and player transfer deals to appeal claims and personal disputes, more often than not we’re valued for the fact that we can make contractual negotiations simple – to make life easier for you.

Over the years, we’ve acted for a wide range of clients in the sports sector, including top-flight clubs, agents and athletes, leading sports brands, national and international governing bodies, as well as smaller sporting organisations. Our clients include household names such as Manchester City FC, Everton FC, the National Football Museum, the International Netball Federation and Lancashire County Cricket Club.

Selected by Sport England, Sport Wales and UK Sport, Gateley Plc is on the panel of law firms recommended to provide legal services to the national governing bodies of sport and recreation organisations. We’re also the exclusive legal services provider for the Sport and Recreation Alliance.

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At Gateley Plc we have a dedicated Sports Sector team who regularly advise sports and leisure clients on all issues they may face, and we continuously look to help provide for the next generation of sports lawyers.

We are delighted to be hosting this year’s UK Sports Law Competition on Friday 1st March, held at the iconic Etihad Stadium, home of Manchester City Football Club. In a few weeks’ time university students from across the UK will be faced with fictitious topical legal problems within the sports industry. Students will negotiate in two scenarios throughout the day from resolving a dispute, to avoid court proceedings, to agreeing the terms of a deal in relation to a football club.

The judging panels will be made up of professionals from across the sports industry who have volunteered to score the students on the day. We are excited to announce we have representatives joining us from ADI T.V., All England Lawn Tennis Club, Badminton England, Basketball England, Cast Digital, Everton F.C., Golf Now, International Netball Federation, Man City F.C., the Rugby Football Union, Sport and Recreation Alliance, Supporters Direct, Two Circles, Volleyball England, WASPS, Wasserman Sports and more.

If you are part of a University or higher education Institution and interested in entering the competition, please follow the link below for more information and ticket availability.