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Sports, hotels and leisure


The sports, hotels and leisure industry operates in an ever changing world and our clients find that our proactive understanding of the sector is invaluable. Our specialist sports and leisure lawyers are drawn from our corporate, real estate, technology, banking, employment, finance, franchising, intellectual property and tax teams - creating a genuine one stop shop for clients in this sector.

Our clients include large multinational hotel chains; youth hostels; pubs, bars and restaurants; travel companies; art galleries; gyms and health clubs; professional sports clubs and stadia companies; leisure operators; financiers and investors, and hotel and leisure developers.

From corporate governance and sponsorship deals, to dealing with the media, investors, agents and maximising value from your brand, our lawyers understand your commercial challenges and deliver first class, appropriate advice that achieves your strategic objectives.

What we do...

  • Funding and investment -  we are involved in the establishment of special purpose vehicles and negotiate finance and equity investment. We act on the funding and refinancing agreements and are well versed in understanding the Bank’s funding approach and requirements.
  • Intellectual property and commercial agreements - we advise on franchise agreements and non-disturbance agreements.
  • Specialist property advice – we advise on design contracts, construction documents and hotel management and marketing contracts. Providing advice on site acquisitions, refurbishment and extensions. 
  • Insurance advisory and claims – such as public liability claims, employers liability claims and regulatory HSE investigations and prosecutions.
  • Assistance with operational issues  - such as employment, workforce (including employing foreign nationals) and health and safety.  We also offer trust and tax planning advice to the ultimate owners.
  • Specialist sports law advice - such as sponsorships, player agreements, child protection, stadia property leasing and licensing, employment, disciplinary, club takeovers, defamation cases, regulatory, entertainment licences, ticketing, corporate governance, tax, banking, property services and media rights issues.

What the directories say...

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As has been widely reported this week, some 3,000 UK workers are taking part in a six month trial to assess the viability of a four-day working week without any reduction in their normal pay.


Press releases

Browne Jacobson successfully appeal personal injury claim against Fulham Football Club

Browne Jacobson LLP, acting for Fulham Football Club, have succeeded on appeal in overturning an earlier court ruling that the club was liable for a sliding tackle made by one of its former under 18 players, Jayden Harris, in the course of a competitive match.


Legal updates

Fulham Football Club v Jordan Levi Jones

Browne Jacobson LLP, acting for Fulham Football Club, have succeeded on Appeal in overturning the first instance judgment of Recorder Craven that held the Club was liable for a sliding tackle made by one of its players in the course of a competitive match.



Right to Work Checks: Changes from 6 April 2022

From 6 April 2022, right to work checks on all migrant or settled prospective employees must be online and checks on British or Irish nationals will be manual (free) or digital (charged for).