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Our Experience

We know that as you look for legal support, you will want a sports law team with specialist knowledge and a proven track record.

Full Contact’s experience encompasses in a broad range of sports, working on behalf of clubs and associations, as well as for individual sports professionals.

What our clients say about us:

 

“Dan Chapman is excellent.” Tony Fernandes of Team Caterham F1 and QPR

 

“Thanks so much for your help” British Horseracing Authority, Nov 2011

 

“Dan, what I cannot do is let the moment pass without thanking you for all of your assistance. Once again your commitment, service levels and general levels of professional conduct have been astonishing. In addition you’ve provided a lot of moral support and for that I am eternally grateful. All of this probably sounds very hollow, but I cannot express adequately my appreciation for your help on this – it’s been a hard won battle, and leaves little sense of satisfaction, but justice has been done! ” – (A senior executive: confidential)

 

“We feel that your manner, knowledge and dedication to the task has gone way beyond the call of duty, and your friendship during this period will be remembered and valued for a long time to come.” – Barrie Hobbins, owner of Welling United Football Club, Dec 2010

 

“We must pay tribute to Dan Chapman. Without him we may not have overcome our problems and the Club may not be in existence.  His expertise, help and ongoing support has been magnificent.”  – (A Cheif Executive of a football club: confidential)

 

Our experience includes:

Football:

  • Acting for numerous footballers and clubs in relation to player transfers throughout the Premier League, Football League, Football Conference, Scottish Premier League and further afield
  • Acted for Norwich City Football Club in respect of their successful libel proceedings against the News of the World newspaper
  • Advising a Premier League football club in relation to new contracts of employment for their first team manager and key personnel
  • Advising a professional footballer in relation to a dispute with his former agent
  • Acted for Norwich City Football Club and Paul Lambert before the Football League’s Disciplinary Commission in respect of proceedings arising from a dispute with Colchester United in respect of the appointment of Lambert and his assistants
  • Providing immigration advice to a professional team on their recruitment of an overseas player
  • Advising players and their agents as to immigration status and obtaining work permits for them to play in the UK
  • Advised a professional football club on numerous employment matters
  • Acted for Welling United Football Club in relation to major fundraising initiative, proposed sale and restructuring of the Club
  • Advised a Football Club in relation to their successful challenge against a transfer embargo imposed upon them
  • Acting for a Football Conference club on a major dispute with their sponsors
  • Acting for a non-league football club in relation to an appeal to the FA against a points deduction
  • Advising in 2012 alone two major clubs on financial and insolvency turnaround options, including a Premier League club
  • Acting for a Football Conference South football club before the civil courts in relation to a breach of contract claim brought by their former manager
  • Acting for both seller and buyers of football clubs at various league levels on a regular basis
  • Advising numerous football clubs in relation to the changes brought about by the Elite Player Performance Plan (“EPPP”)
  • Advising a number of football clubs on the dismissal of their football manager, and on appointment of replacement managers
  • Advising the shareholders of a professional football club on the dismissal of their Chief Executive Officer
  • Advising a professional football club and a football agent as to the training compensation provisions applicable to foreign footballers
  • Advising a director of a Football League football club as to his personal liability and obligations
  • Advising and representing players before the Football Disciplinary Commission
  • Advising professional football clubs and players/parents on disputes relating to training compensation (under the EPPP rules)
  • Acting as football agents for a raft of high profile players in the UK, Europe and further afield

Formula One and motor racing:

  • Advising in relation to a large dispute in Formula One GP
  • Acted for numerous motor racing teams, including advising a Formula 3 Team in relation to a major sponsorship deal and drivers’ contracts
  • Advising a Formula One GP team in respect of various employment, property and commercial issues
  • Advising a start up motor sports team on their proposed entry into a World Championship
  • Advising in relation to a multi-million pound sponsorship and joint venture deal between a motorsports team and a household name brand
  • Advising a Formula 2 driver in respect of legal, commercial and sporting affairs
  • Representing and managing a number of talented motor racing drivers
  • Appearing before the MSC National Court successfully appealing against a race exclusion
  • Advising new owners of a Formula 1 team on a range of legal matters

Rugby:

  • Advising a rugby club in relation to constitutional matters
  • Acted for a rugby club challenging a points deduction imposed by the RFU
  • Advising a rugby club on the immigration aspects of recruiting an overseas player
  • Advising a rugby player in respect of potential legal proceedings against his former Premiership Club

Other:

  • Acted for one of the largest elite gymnastics club in relation to their incorporation and redevelopment of new premises
  • Advising a professional sports club in relation to their intellectual property, trademarks and brand protection
  • Advising an elite coach on disciplinary charges brought against them by their governing body for harassment
  • Acting in relation to a sensitive exit of a CEO from a leading sporting body

 

What legal publications say about us:

 

Legal 500, an established international independent guide to the legal profession has said:

“Full Contact has a national following and is praised for its exceptional customer service” – 2013

(the Sports team are) “highly organised and are Tier-1 ranked” – 2012

“Dan Chapman has a great understanding of the realities of a professional sports business, and continually impresses with answers tailored to the specific needs of clients” – in 2011

“Assertive, commercial, and on top of his game” – in 2011

“Excellent response times and commercial acumen” – in 2010

“Exemplary, first class” – in 2009

“Local leading light, whose strategy and experience are key success factors. His commercial awareness and strong sense of reasonableness make him a pleasure to work with” – in 2008

Chambers UK is an alternative review of the profession, and has stated the following about Dan Chapman:

“Straight to the point, prompt, professional and his advice is always relevant.” – 2012

“A strong following in the sport sector” – 2011

“A savvy negotiator and a dynamic operator” – 2011

“Singled out for his quick and efficient service, and comprehensive knowledge of employment law” – 2010

“Exceptionally good, a clear communicator, very thorough and able to provide accurate, timely advice” – 2009

 

 

 

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