Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP draws on an international sports group, which acts for footballers, managers and Formula One clients across a broad sweep of areas. Work covered includes disciplinary proceedings, employment disputes and civil law claims relating to misconduct, libel and professional negligence, among other areas. On the non-contentious side, the group advises on the immigration status of athletes, acquisitions for stadium developments and GDPR compliance. Nick Humphreys is very active in the High Court and Employment Tribunals, where he handles litigation for managers, coaches, backroom staff and executives in the football industry, while employment specialist Andrew Haywood is known for giving internal advice to clubs in relation to player and manager acquisitions and exits.
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'One to watch' in the sports sector, Penningtons Manches LLP has been 'building up its sports practice with real energy'; motorsports, power-boat racing, football and golf have been particular areas of activity. Exemplifying the practice's strength in commercial litigation, the 'committed', 'energetic and highly accomplished' Richard Marshall continued to advise the Ortiz-Patiño estate on its potential €15m breach of contract claim concerning its sale of Valderrama Group, owner of the Valderrama Golf Club. Immigration is another area of expertise: Hazar ElChamaa acted for an e-sports tournament organiser on obtaining a visa for an e-sports player to enable him to play in a UK competition, and advised one international footballer on the impact of Brexit on his transfer to a UK premiership club. Rennes FC is another client. 'Very pragmatic' employment and disciplinary expert Andrew Haywood heads the department, and is 'ambitious for outcomes for his clients'.
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