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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”).

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;

Virtual reality season tickets, illegal streaming and fan TV channels were among the topics discussed on day one of the Telegraph’s Business of Sport Conference at the BT Centre in London.

The two-day premium annual event aims to steer the UK sports industry to growth, innovation and collaboration and is uniquely positioned to unite 200 senior influencers from brands, rightsholders and broadcasters, as well as innovators in the field of sport.

Manchester United star Michael Carrick’s charitable foundation has named commercial law firm Brabners as its sole legal adviser.

Michael Carrick Foundation has been created as part of the midfielder’s testimonial, which celebrates his 11 years as a player at the club. It includes a match between Manchester United’s 2008 Champions League winning XI and an All-Stars team at Old Trafford on Sunday 4th June.

Commercial law firm Brabners has appointed leading sport and entertainment lawyer Simon Taylor as a partner.

Brabners senior partner, Maurice Watkins CBE has been named in fcbusiness magazine’s 100 most influential people in the business of football since 2004.

Complied by the journalists and editor of fcbusiness to celebrate 100 issues of the title, the #fcbusiness100 is a list of the people who have made a lasting contribution to football over the last 13 years.

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.

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