Barrington Atkins

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Barrington Atkins is a partner and experienced adviser to professional athletes and intermediaries.

Barrington has a particular specialism in professional negligence sports injury disputes involving Premier League and EFL football clubs.

Barrington is an official ambassador for West Ham United Foundation. He assists professional footballers on a full range of legal issues across JMW’s Sports Group, including:

Disputes / litigation

  • Employment - contractual issues involving players, clubs, and intermediaries;
  • FA Rule K Arbitration and other sporting regulatory matters;
  • Sports injury disputes – medical professional negligence;
  • Divorce and family - including pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements;
  • Media and reputation management - crisis management / defamation / harassment;
  • Criminal defence – private and serious criminal representation;
  • Wills, trusts, tax, and succession planning;
  • Financial crime and cybercrime - blockchain, cryptocurrency and NFTs;
  • Disciplinary proceedings and dispute resolution; and
  • Anti-doping investigations and selection disputes.

Advisory services

  • Immigration services;
  • Player contract negotiations;
  • Personal endorsements and sponsorship agreements;
  • Image rights;
  • Brand and business commercial opportunities -

Services for clubs, agencies, governing bodies & associations

  • Corporate - aspects of buying, selling, structuring, and investing in business;
  • Commercial litigation, arbitration, mediation, and dispute resolution;
  • Licensing, media & broadcasting;
  • Employment/HR advisory services;
  • Intellectual property disputes;
  • Regulatory and governance;
  • Stadia – event organisation and venue management;
  • Stadium naming rights.