Law Firms in England & Wales



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Bates Wells & Braithwaite

BWB has been described by the legal directory, Chambers UK, as a “City firm with a conscience”.  It consistently ranks us in Band 1 for our work for charities; as does the other leading independent legal directory, Legal 500. 

BWB combines a full service, top 100 law firm with strategists in impact measurement and outcomes-based planning. We are renowned for our work for both public interest bodies and commercial organisations, with work for charities and social enterprises representing around 65% of what we do across the whole practice. We are recognised as the leading charity and social enterprise law firm in the UK and ranked for excellence across many of our specialist practice areas.

We have over 250 staff, solicitors and partners, which means that we are large enough to provide a complete range of commercial legal services yet small enough to be able to provide a personal service to every client.

Augustus Della-Porta | Senior Associate

t: 020 7551 7750

Thea Longley | Partner

t: 020 75517796



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Bird & Bird

For the past decade, Bird & Bird has been the go-to international legal firm for companies working with disruptive technology. Whether traditional businesses leveraging cutting-edge technology or start-ups changing the status quo, it guides clients through all the regulatory, legal and commercial aspects of this fast-moving environment.

The firm combines exceptional legal expertise with deep industry knowledge and refreshingly creative thinking, to help clients operating at the forefront of their industries to achieve their goals.

Bird & Bird currently works with 40 of the Fortune Top 100 companies and nearly two-thirds of the world’s 100 Most Innovative Companies, as named by Forbes. Over a third of its clients have been with it for more than a decade: testament to the high level of service and legal expertise it delivers.

Max Duthie | Partner, Sports Group

t: 020 7415 6082

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Brabners is a leading corporate and commercial law firm based in the North West. The firm has offices in Manchester, Liverpool and Preston. It specialises in services for large and mid-sized corporate clients, SMEs and entrepreneurs, across the UK as well as private client advice to business owners and high net worth individuals.

The firm has over 345 staff including 64 Partners across its three offices, with nationally recognised experts in its key practice areas of corporate, commercial, property, employment and pensions, litigation, sports, social housing, charity, family and private client. Its hands-on, partner-led approach enables the firm to have an in-depth understanding of clients’ needs and support their success through pragmatic and proactive advice. The firm is ranked by the Chambers and Legal 500 directories as a leader in each of its core practice areas.

Lydia Edgar | Partner

t: 0161 836 8822


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Working through a network of seven UK offices and an international office in Dubai, Gateley Plc, the legal business of law-led professional services group Gateley, promotes the commercial and strategic interests of companies, individuals and organisations across the UK and beyond. It provides collaborative, straight-talking legal advice with a cut-through commercial edge, based on a pragmatic and partner-led service. The firm is committed to the regional communities in which it is based, and actively supports a number of causes both nationally and regionally.

In 2015 Gateley (Holdings) Plc made legal history by becoming the first UK law firm to list on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. The firm’s IPO growth strategy is to differentiate, diversify and incentivise through the acquisition of complementary businesses. In 2016, the group acquired tax incentives advisory company Capitus now known as Gateley Capitus. Later that year, the group acquired Hamer Associates, a specialist property consultancy now known as Gateley Hamer. The group also has a pension trustee business known as Entrust. 

John Burns | Partner - Head of Sports Sector

t: 0161 836 7923


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Our Sports Group has worked for many years with NGBs and sports related organisations, including lottery distributors, sports administrators, sports clubs, charities and trusts, and has a very good understanding and extensive knowledge of the sector. We work with organisations across numerous disciplines including tennis, shooting, ice skating, taekwondo, fencing, golf and ice hockey and represent a number of disability and Paralympic organisations. 

We are able in particular to help NGBs and sport and recreation associations and clubs with their:

Governance, Rules and regulations, Selection and qualification procedures and appeals, Disciplinary hearings and dispute resolution, Commercial, sponsorship, franchising and licensing agreements, Finance and funding agreements, Anti-doping and compliance, Employment and HR issues, Equality and diversity, Data protection and privacy, Property matters (including funding and development advice and construction), Intellectual property rights, Safeguarding, Establishing charities and charitable foundations.

We pride ourselves on delivering an outstanding service to our clients and look forward to assisting you and the work of your organisation.

Christine Bowyer-Jones | Partner 

t: 0207 400 5020

Ben Moorhead | Partner 

t: 0207 400 5047


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Hugh James 

Hugh James is a top 100 UK law firm with offices in Cardiff and London. The firm comprises more than 700 people and over 60 partners. We are a full service law firm delivering expert advice to both public and private sector clients spanning a range of industries and sectors. Hugh James is one of the preeminent law firms in the UK specialising in the sport sector and has been ranked as Wales’s leading sports law firm consistently for the last 10 years by independent legal directories.

The Legal 500 have described us as a “heavyweight” in light of our extensive experience working with sports clients. Sports organisations need lawyers who understand their game. For more than 25 years our sports lawyers have dealt with high profile matters, often controversial and sensitive in nature, for a range of sporting organisation that we provide informed and commercially focused advice.  Our reputation has been built on our continued strong relationship with the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) and the British Boxing Board of Control, however, our experience in the sports industry is far broader than this. The firm advises on a complete spectrum of sport related work from disciplinary and doping hearings to the construction of sport stadia, major contractual agreements, funding requirements and the governance of sporting bodies.

Gareth Williams | Consultant

t: 029 2039 1022


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Mills & Reeve

Our experienced sports team operates from our six offices across the UK giving us a true national presence. We have been advising sport governing bodies, leagues, clubs, player associations, agents and athletes for the last 50 years and have unrivalled knowledge in the sports industry.  The team is led by well-known sport lawyer Mark Hovell. Mark is also an arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland, the National Anti-Doping Panel and Sports Resolutions UK panels all giving him a unique insight on some of the most topical legal issues affecting sports law today. 

The team is made up of a number of specialists with expertise in a wide range of disciplines. Whilst the team consists of 5 full time sports lawyers, it draws from another 20 or so colleagues in the offices who have specific legal skills that are readily applicable to the sports sector. 

We can advise on a wide range of matters including, but not limited to:

Governance and constitution; Charity & trust law (including CASC registration); Regulatory matters/ Disciplinary (incl. anti-doping, anti-corruption, integrity etc.); Commercial contracts including sponsorship and data protection; Child protection/vulnerable groups; Employment Law, Equality and Disability Law; and Intellectual property, merchandising, licensing and reputation management.

Mark Hovell | Partner - Head of Sports 

t: 0161 234 8810

Carol Couse | Consultant

t: 0161 234 8806


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Muckle LLP’s team of specialist sports lawyers is consistently ranked in Tier 1 for Sport in Legal 500 having expertise in every area of this niche sector, from governance to regulatory compliance, contracts to brand management, facilities development to employment advice. We help people operating within the sports sector across the UK and internationally, including national governing bodies, professional and amateur clubs, athletes and players, suppliers and intermediaries. 

Clients include The FA, England Athletics, Parkour UK and parkrun, to name but a few. They come to us for quality, responsive, commercial legal advice that’s on time and on budget. Every time.

John Devine | Lead Partner - Head of Sports Team

t: 0191 211 7905

Alan Grisedale | Lead Partner for Data Protection

t: 0191 211 7956



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Shakespeare Martineau

Shakespeare Martineau is a law firm with big ambitions for its clients. We’re passionate about providing the right solutions and driven to make positive difference in everything we do. You can expect market leading expertise from professionals who are on your wavelength, and provide original solutions in the areas that matter. Combined with a deep sector expertise, we bring to our clients a clear view of what’s desirable, what’s possible and what’s next.

From innovators and influencers to the cornerstones of the community, our clients are as diverse as they are dynamic. We’re proud of the longstanding relationships we create with them. They tell us it’s our energy and flair that sets us apart as we strive for their success. They also like our straight talking!

Our people across our regional and international networks are united by a shared pride and confidence. Together, and individually, we make an exceptional team and we bring practical experience and perspectives to continually surprise the market. It’s our business to understand yours, bringing creative ways of thinking to complex challenges.

Ed Wright | Partner

t: 0115 945 3744


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Wright Hassall

Wright Hassall is a regional law firm with a national reputation and is proud that it has been described as “a big firm with big expertise” (Chambers 2013). We are top ranked for the depth of our expertise and the quality of our service delivery by the legal directories. We are Lexcel accredited (the Law Society quality standard) and also have secured Investors in People. We have a strong track record across all the areas that you would expect of a large commercial law firm.

As well as our recent Regional Firm of the Year Award win, our Managing Partner has also been recognised as a member of The Lawyer’s “Hot 100”.

We strive for transparency and innovation in our service delivery and we are open to discussion at any point to talk about our service. By putting our clients at the heart of everything that we do, we aim to meet our vision: “To be recommended by every client, every time”.

Christine Jackson | Partner

t: 01926 880 774


Richard Lane | Senior Partner

t: 01926 880 707