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Legal Services for Athletes
When it comes to advising individual athletes, we are able to capitalise on our position as a leading full-service law firm, meaning we can achieve the right results efficiently. From contract negotiations, endorsements and disputes through to family, relocation, motoring or private client matters; our multi-disciplinary team is always on hand to assist.
Our aim is to allow you to focus on what happens in your professional career by helping you to keep control of your career away from your field of work. We have well-established relationships at the very highest level of sport that gives us a deep understanding of the markets we are working in to provide both practical and expert advice on the full spectrum of sporting issues.
Personal relationships with clients are of paramount importance to us and that is why our solicitors and trusted advisers can help to maximise your potential – both as professional athletes and in the commercial marketplace. This is just one of the reasons we created our award winning platform, Barn Door UK – www.barndooruk.co.uk – connecting our network of over 200 current and retired sports stars with a wide range of new business and active commercial opportunities to help prepare them for life beyond sport.
- Transfers and contracts
- Personal endorsements
- Intellectual property
- Image rights
- Media and entertainment
- Sporting injuries and other accidents
- Tax and wills
- Buying/Selling property
- Foreign property tax
- Family law and disputes
- Wealth management
- Relocation services
- Claims on death
- Corporate advice
- Motoring offences
- Personal concierge services
Our specialist team includes former FA Licensed Agents who have a wealth of experience in providing support and advice to individual players and athletes on a range of matters including:
- Contract Negotiations with clubs and associations
- Sponsorship and other commercial arrangements
- Tax planning and wealth management
Our solicitors have advised leading professionals in the Premier League and Premiership Rugby, major winning golfers, world-champion boxers and gold medal winning Olympians.
If you do not get paid when your image appears in an advert for the club, or there are restrictions placed upon you limiting the brands or products that you can endorse, we can help you exploit your name and image by ensuring you have the right protections in place. We can also create suitable structures so that you will save on tax and your club will save on National Insurance (NI) contributions.
We have assisted numerous athletes, managers & coaches with personal tax issues and have particular expertise in advising sportspeople and other celebrities in relation to all aspects of strategic tax planning in affiliation with our strategic partners.
Whether you are buying/selling a home or investment property, we will guide you seamlessly through the process. We can provide a tailored service designed to meet your conveyancing and property needs both nationwide and internationally.
- Our client list includes leading Premier League and International footballers, England World-Cup winning Rugby Union players, major winning golfers, champion jockeys and many more.
Our leading team of family lawyers provide advice and representation on a full range of family law issues, including:
- Prenuptial agreements
- Cohabitation disputes
- Child-related matters
- Paternity issues
- DNA testing
We advise on transfer negotiations on behalf of both players and intermediaries including those involving image rights and other complex contractual issues in football, rugby and a range of other sports.
Through our award-winning platform, Barn Door UK, we are working with market-leading and challenger brands to provide active commercial opportunities for over 200 current & retired sports stars across a wide range of different sports. Our specialist team will source, negotiate and finalise endorsement deals on behalf of our clients to ensure agreements are clear, fair and contain a full-suite of marketing rights designed to deliver maximum exposure in the best interests of both the athlete and the brand.
We have expertise in all types of commercial contracts and arrangements, including but not limited to:
- Boot deals
- Sponsorship agreements
- Licensing agreements
- Disputes relating to breach of confidence, trademarks, patents and copyright.
We can ensure that you maximise your intellectual property rights and prevent others from exploiting such rights without your consent.
Our commercial litigation team represents sporting clients in challenges to rules and regulations, in disciplinary proceedings and in disputes with agents/intermediaries and/or clubs, including:
- Resolving sports disputes at domestic tribunals and CAS.
- Advising on High Court cases.
- Advising clients on disputes with agents.
- Advising on exploitation of image rights.
The procedure for moving to the UK can be complex, but our specialist Immigration team can advise on:
- Same day/premium visa application processes on your behalf at the Home Office
- Tier 2 Sports Visas
- Dependent Visas (spouses and children)
- Fiancée Visas
- Spouse Visas
- Certificate of Approval (COA)
- Visa extensions
- Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) agreements
- Naturalisation, citizenship and applying for a British passport
- British embassy and high commission applications
- UK Home Office applications
- Visitor and family visit visas
- Home/club visits, including out of hours
- English language training