Our sports team has the in-depth sports industry knowledge and experience needed to provide quality legal advice, tailored to the needs of organisations and individuals involved in all aspects of sport. Our clients have included governing bodies and associations, charitable trusts, venue owners and operators, leagues, clubs, brands, agencies and individual athletes.
Whether your focus is on growing commercial revenue streams, protecting intellectual property rights, updating corporate governance structures or improving regulatory procedures, we can help. Our specific sports sector expertise includes:
- Media and data rights
- Betting and gaming
- Event and match staging
- Acquisitions, financing and funding arrangements
- Endorsements and image rights
- Licensing and merchandising
- Player transfers and playing contracts
- Corporate governance and regulation
- Disciplinary representations
- Dispute resolution
The breadth and depth of the sports team’s capabilities is unique in Wales, and a rare offering outside of London. The firm has acted for clients that cover a vast range of amateur and professional sports. These include Athletics, Boxing, Cricket, Fitness, Football, Gymnastics, Multi-sport, Netball, Rugby, Swimming, Tennis, Triathlon, Watersports, Weightlifting and more.
Our sports clients include; Football Association of Wales, the Welsh Rugby Players Association, Sport Wales, Hockey Wales Ffos Las Racecourse, Welsh Netball, UHY Hacker Young and Zest Sports Group.
The Legal 500
Loosemores is recognised as a ‘Leading Firm’ for Sport in Wales by The Legal 500. Mark Loosemores is recognised as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ for Sport as well as Media and Entertainment in Wales by the Legal 500. Michael Culley, Karl Thomas and Sara Griffiths are also recognised as ‘Recommended Lawyers’ for Sport in Wales in The Legal 500 2017.
Commenting on the firm’s ranking for Sport, The Legal 500 highlighted:
“Now headed by the ‘exceptional’ Mark Loosemore following his arrival in April 2016, Loosemores Solicitors’ ‘exceptionally strong’ sports practice handles a range of commercial, IP, disciplinary and corporate governance matters. The firm’s longstanding clients include The Football Association of Wales (FAW); former team head Michael Culley advised the organisation on its staging agreement with UEFA for the Champions League men’s and women’s finals to be played in Cardiff in June 2017.”
Mark Loosemore, Senior Partner
Mark is a commercial solicitor who joined the firm as Senior Partner in April 2016. His arrival re-established the Loosemore family connection with the firm which was founded by his father John in 1966. Mark is a member of the British Association for Sport and Law, as well as LawInSport. Mark has extensive experience in negotiating major commercial agreements in Sport, Media and Entertainment.
Michael Culley, Consultant
Michael is a senior corporate/commercial solicitor. He joined Loosemores in 1985 and was the firm’s Senior Partner for a number of years. Michael is a hugely experienced and capable advisor on a range of corporate and commercial matters. He advised the Football Association of Wales on the staging agreement with UEFA for the Champions League men’s and women’s finals played in Cardiff in June 2017.
Karl leads the firm’s employment, HR and commercial litigation work. Karl is an expert at drafting and reviewing employment contracts and policies. He recently advised the Welsh Rugby Players Association (which is a trade union and a members association) on various aspects of the arrangements between the players, the Welsh Rugby Union and the Welsh Regions
Sara is currently ranked as a ‘leading individual’ for media and entertainment in Wales by The Legal 500 2017 and is the only solicitor in Wales with this ranking. Sara is also recognised by the Legal 500 as a ‘recommended lawyer’ for Sport. Sara’s recent Sport work at Loosemores has included advising on commercial agreements, including sponsorship and those involving media and data rights exploitation.