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Commercial law firm Brabners has strengthened its commercial, intellectual property and sports practices with three new hires.

Victoria Trigwell joins the firm’s commercial and intellectual property team as an associate, alongside intellectual property and trademark administrator Ioana Ghiurco. Andrew McGregor has been hired as an associate in the sports practice.

The sports team at commercial law firm Brabners have advised Hull KR on an agreement with player Iain Thornley and his new club, Catalans Dragons.

Iain Thornley left Hull KR in October 2016 without serving appropriate notice and signed with Catalans Dragons. A dispute regarding compensation and the transfer of the players registration ensued.

A brief statement released by the club said:

The club can confirm that they have received satisfactory proposals to enable Iain Thornley to be released to the Catalans Dragons with immediate effect.

Brabners welcomes the long-awaited Code for Sport Governance (published 31 October) which seeks  to drive excellence in the way in which sports organisations are governed.   Lydia Edgar, Head of Brabners Sport Sector Team, comments: “The Code requires organisations to meet new standards of governance in return for their public funding from Sport England and UK Sport. The requirements will force a number of organisations to  review and change their practices and operating strategies quite significantly.

The Sports team at law firm Brabners have again been busy in the January football transfer window.

Leading law firm Brabners was named ‘Best Professional Services Firm Serving Football’ at the 2014 Football Business Awards.

Brabners saw off competition from a strong short list of professional firms to win the prestigious title in front of an audience of sports stars and key business people at a ceremony held at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge ground.

The Sports law team at Brabners has advised Bolton Wanderers on its agreement with Macron to become the Club's official kit supplier and naming rights partner from the 2014-15 season.

Italian sportswear manufacturer Macron will provide match kits, training wear and leisurewear for the Club from the beginning of the upcoming 2014-15 season, with the new Bolton Wanderers kits having been unveiled this summer. In addition, the deal with Macron includes the naming rights for Bolton's stadium, which has been renamed as 'Macron Stadium'.

Leading law firm Brabners has won the ‘Professional Services to Football’ award at the Northwest Football Awards 2013.

Brabners was one of three nominated firms to reach the shortlist in the ‘Professional Services to Football’ category - alongside two other national practices. The judges simply said that Brabners was the clear winner.

Brabners Sports law Partner Carol Couse recently joined other leading experts in the world of football and sports law to speak at the ninth International Football Law Conference held in Argentina.

North West law firm Brabners has made up one Partner, eight Senior Associates and three Associates in its annual round of promotions.

Property law expert Matthew O’Brien has been promoted to Partner. Matthew has been with Brabners since 2003 when he joined the firm as a trainee. Matthew acts for a range of investors, landlords and tenants from across the commercial property sector and specialises in transactions in the industrial and logistics sector.

The Dispute Resolution team at North West law firm Brabners has acted for Everton Football Club in bringing a successful appeal of a decision by the Authority for Television on Demand (ATVOD) concerning video footage on Everton’s website. ATVOD is the co-regulator for on-demand programme services in the UK and this is only the sixth successful appeal of an ATVOD determination.

ATVOD originally determined that material in the Everton TV section of the football club’s website was an “On Demand Programme Service”. A fee was therefore levied against Everton by ATVOD.


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