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North West-based commercial law firm Brabners has been appointed to the Scottish Professional Football League’s (SPFL) new panel of external legal advisers.

The SPFL was founded in 2013 following a merger between the Scottish Premier League and the Scottish Football League. It consists of the top four levels of the league system and two cup competitions – the Scottish League Cup and the Scottish Challenge Cup. The SPFL is owned by its 42 member clubs.

The panel was created following the end of a long-term relationship between SPFL and Scotland-based Harper Mcleod LLP.

The January transfer windows often see the market-place saturated with documentation (purporting to be sub-contracted mandated authorisation documents) linked to the marketing of foreign based players (the “Player”).

Mark Rathbone, Head of Corporate at Brabners LLP, discusses in his second article with Tech North, angel investing for the relatively uninitiated, he looks further at the risks to be considered and managed when investing, and the content to be expected in the Heads of Terms.

The portfolio approach

Mark Rathbone, Brabners LLP, Head of Corporate in Liverpool, discusses what to expect when becoming an angel investor and what to consider when entering into a possible deal, in the first of a series of articles.

Trainee solicitors at Brabners have had a busy autumn – turning their hands to fundraising for this year’s ‘Big Idea’ charity event resulting in over £5,000 being donated to local children’s hospices Claire House, Derian House and Francis House.

Teams of trainees from the Liverpool and Manchester offices went head to head in an ‘Apprentice’ style challenge to see who could raise the most money in just one day.

Commercial law firm Brabners has appointed two specialist intellectual property professionals from Hill Dickinson.

Everton Stadium Development Limited (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Everton Football Club) and Peel Land and Property (Ports) Limited have formally signed an agreement for the Club to lease land at Bramley Moore Dock, Liverpool Waters.

The lease, which is conditional upon gaining planning consent for the proposed new stadium and securing funding for its construction, will run for a period of 200 years at a peppercorn rent.  

The ambitions for UK sport are far reaching however for many sports organisations, developments in governance, funding, regulation, reputation and technology all impact upon the state of play. Brabners hosted an expert panel at their half day seminar aiming to help navigate some of the legal and commercial challenges and share insights from experts in the field.

The session was hosted by Brabners' Head of Sports Sector, Lydia Edgar, bringing together insights from the 5 panellists;

The upcoming developments in data protection legislation have been a hot topic for some time now and, as the impending date upon which the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force (25 May 2018) looms ever closer, there is still an air of uncertainty around how the changes will affect businesses in practice.

Commercial law firm Brabners has boosted its family team with the appointment of Richard Rigg from DWF.

Rigg, who joins as an associate in the Liverpool office, has five years’ experience in family law, with particular expertise in divorce and complex financial settlements arising from relationship breakdown. In addition, Richard will strengthen the team’s well-established wealth protection offering for its high net worth and business clients.