Sports | Experience

We provide expert advice to professional and amateur sports clubs as well as to professional sports men and women.

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Ian Wood-Smith

Ian Wood-Smith

We have extensive experience in acting for clients across a whole range of sports, including football, rugby, cricket, golf, athletics and rowing.  Matters on which the group has acted include:

  • advising Sir John Madejski in his sale of a controlling interest in Reading Football Club
  • acting for Reading Football Club in their relocation to and development of the Madejski Stadium
  • providing advice to a leading sports club on the protection of their intellectual property, including a successful trademark application
  • acting in the redevelopment of a top level rugby union ground, including the negotiation of construction documents and funding arrangements
  • attending hearings before the Football Association
  • drafting and assisting with the conclusion of senior management and coaching contracts for a Premiership football club
  • providing advice in respect of international commercial sponsorship agreements
  • advising on a lottery funded redevelopment of an Oxfordshire rowing club
  • acting in the sale of a historic Berkshire golf club
  • drafting ground sharing contracts and arrangements
  • advising on and drafting constitutional documents for a range of sports clubs, including regional rugby clubs
  • acting for a prestigious private members golf club on a range of property matters from commoners’ rights to liability for public nuisance
  • advising on a new lease for a community rowing club
  • providing advice to a major sports stadium in relation to the set up and operation of licensing at the premises including alcohol, entertainment, noise and other related issues