Sport

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
  • Sponsorship
  • 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

The firm recently received a ‘Top Tier’ ranking for Sport. Senior Partner, Mark Loosemore was also recognised as a ‘Leading Individual’ in Sport. Solicitor, Rebecca McCarthy was also recognised as ‘Rising Star’ by The Legal 500.

Commenting on the firm’s ranking for Sport, The Legal 500 highlighted:

“Benefiting from a ‘deep understanding of the sports market and how it works‘, boutique Cardiff-based firm Loosemores Solicitors has successfully carved out a niche for itself on behalf of a growing roster of clients in the sector, which are appreciative, not only of its insight into the workings of the industry, but also its ability to provide ‘London quality work at Cardiff prices‘. Himself a former professional tennis player and also benefiting from in-house experience within the industry, ‘highly skilled‘ team head Mark Loosemore is well-placed to provide ‘commercial and pragmatic advice‘ that is tailored to the specific needs of sports clients. Although the firm is active across the full range of sports, it continues to be perhaps best-known for its representation of Football Association of Wales, where its work includes advice on governance structures, TV deals and sponsorship agreements.”

Mark Loosemore, Senior Partner

Sports SolicitorMark 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.

 

Karl Thomas, Partner and Head Employment and Dispute Resolution

Karl did his law degree at the University of Nottingham and Sports Solicitorqualified as Solicitor in 2001 completing his training in a West End of London practice before returning to Cardiff in 2003. He joined Loosemores in October 2005.

Since qualification Karl has specialised in Dispute resolution and Employment law and has latterly headed up the Loosemores HR retainer service. He has a proven track record in mediation and alternative dispute resolution, and a background in sports law having advised numerous national governing bodies on regulatory and disciplinary matters.

Over the years Karl has gained experience with a huge array of contentious issues and is able to provide practical, commercial advice to obtain good outcomes for clients.

 

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