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Personal Legal Advice for Sportspeople

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We represent high-profile individuals and their families across the world of sport — providing discreet and efficient legal advice at the times it’s needed most.

We represent athletes, coaches, managers, officials and senior executives at all levels of sport, including those looking to exit the industry for retirement or job changes. 

We also work closely with agents, professional advisors and in-house legal teams to help sportspeople and their families easily access the advice they need.

It’s all part of our Brabners Personal offering, which brings together award-winning solicitors from our familyprivate client, employment and reputation management and privacy teams to offer seamless and always-on access to our full range of legal solutions.

Our expertise

Dedicated to achieving your long-term life objectives, we’re highly experienced in providing proactive, strategic and multi-generational advice on family governance, wealth management and all manner of private legal issues. Our legal expertise includes building families, family breakdowns and disputes that often involve children or complex assets.

We’re used to helping people in the spotlight and boast the team that masterminded Coleen Rooney’s victory in the ‘Wagatha Christie’ trial, as well as managing the profile and privacy of other well-known individuals

Recognised as a ‘Top Tier’ sports law firm by The Legal 500, our team stands out for being “able to anticipate what sports clients want, even before they know it themselves”. We won the award for Business and Professional Services to Football at the North West Football Awards 2023, the Technology Media and Telecoms Team of the Year at The Legal 500 Awards 2023 and Spears Magazine Reputation Lawyer of the Year 2022.

Recognised by

NWFA23 WINNE Rbadge 002
Legal 500 NPA marketing firm winner

A very strong sports team. One of the strongest in the North West… depth of offering from partner level down to associate level... very innovative in the sports technology space.

The Legal 500 2023

Excellent [sports law] team… very knowledgeable and experienced within our sector and clearly understand our customer groups. Always very quick to add value wherever possible and make us aware of emerging trends and potential issues.

The Legal 500 2022

Our services include

Case highlights

Coleen Rooney

Representing Coleen Rooney in her successful defence against the libel claim brought by Rebekah Vardy. The ‘Wagatha Christie’ case was one of the most high-profile libel cases in UK history. We acted as the lead strategist and legal advisor for the case, as well as project manager.

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Michael Vaughan OBE

Representing Michael Vaughan OBE (former England cricket captain and broadcaster) in connection with allegations made against him as part of the Yorkshire Country Cricket Club (Azeem Rafiq) racism scandal. Vaughan was cleared of all charges brought against him before the Cricket Disciplinary Commission panel.

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Wayne Rooney

Providing Wayne Rooney with urgent crisis management advice after private photos of him were published online and in the tabloid press. Our expertise and ingenuity led to the matter being successfully resolved and all the photos being taken down.

Ben Stokes OBE

Representing Ben Stokes OBE (England international cricketer and test team captain) and his mother (Deborah Stokes) in connection with their invasion of privacy claim against News Group Newspapers Limited (The Sun), securing substantial damages and an apology from the defendant.

Phone hacking

Acting on phone hacking claims against various tabloid newspapers.

Premier League Club Chairman

Advising a former Premier League club Chairman on the tax implications of existing trust arrangements, including the availability of tax reliefs on shareholdings worth in the region of £25m. This included managing family dynamics, tax and estate planning and long-term objectives.

Premier League players and coaching staff

Advising Premier League footballers and coaching staff (and their families) with estate planning for estates worth millions of pounds.

International football player

Advising the family of an international and Premier League footballer concerning paternity claims and media management.

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