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    The spearhead and Senior Partner of Full Contact, Dan is an experienced solicitor and advocate, with a specialist background in employment law and sports.


    Employment status of non-league footballers

    The recent Employment Tribunal judgment in the case of Duncan Culley vs Whitehawk Football Club[1] understandably escaped the attention of the football press, focussed such are they on player/club disputes more of the Diego Costa magnitude. Save for the coverage … Continue reading

    Can Guardiola as a football agent own a club?

    The news that Pere Guardiola (brother of Manchester City manager Pep) has acquired a significant stake in Spanish club Girona has caused controversy because of the strong links to Manchester City and the objections (legal or otherwise) that many have to … Continue reading

    FA amend their regulation of Intermediaries

    Credit where credit is due.  It may well be overdue but finally  – after continual angst and issues since the introduction of the FA Regulations on Working with Intermediaries in April 2015 – the FA have amended their Regulations, with … Continue reading

    Pogba-gate ….. time for concern?

    Following the publication yesterday of leaked documents from Paul Pogba’s transfer from Juventus to Manchester United, FIFA have confirmed that they have asked (via their TMS system) for additional documentation.  This news has been reported as a ‘FIFA investigation’ in … Continue reading

    Full Contact client Demetriou wins L2 Player of the Month

    Full Contact client Mickey Demetriou has today been confirmed as Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month for April. Mickey joined struggling Newport County in January 2017 at a time when the club appeared relegation certainties but 16 appearances … Continue reading

    Common ownership of clubs – what is the solution?

      The recent case of Mohed Altrad, owner of the French rugby team Montpellier,  being denied the opportunity to purchase a large stake in Gloucester Rugby has a shone a light on the issue of multiple sports teams being owned … Continue reading

    Barton’s Betting Ban…

    The FA have confirmed today that Joey Barton is to be banned from all football activities for 18 months (and fined £30,000) for multiple betting offences. The ban, in Barton’s own words (and subject to a successful appeal which he … Continue reading

    EPPP: the case for tapping up?

    In the latest of a series of articles concerning the EPPP and Youth Development Rules, we consider the rules relating to the ‘tapping up’ of young players. With the recent publicity about Liverpool’s conduct in approaching a 12 year old … Continue reading

    The FA : We will not be complacent…..

    The Football Intermediary ; is there room for complacency? In light of the recent abuse scandal it is only right that the FA have moved swiftly to commence an independent review.  Whilst, of course, the horrific testimony we have been … Continue reading

    Compensation for players under 24; a mystery?

    Updated in November 2016 As clubs begin their recruitment drive for next season,  I am increasingly asked (whether in respect of players that we act for, clubs that we advise and work with or – mostly – out of idle … Continue reading

    The demise of Big Sam – good news for the game?

    Clearly the news that Sam Allardyce has ceased to be England manager after just one game ought not to be a matter for rejoice; it is quite embarrassing for the FA and our national game. Last night’s breaking news – … Continue reading

    What does Brexit really mean for Football?

    What does Brexit really mean for Football?  Will the UK’s departure from the EU create a recruitment or immigration crisis for our domestic game?    Perhaps wishing to erase from our memories the failings of our national team at Euro … Continue reading

    Legal redress for YD7 & YD10 compensation disputes?

    Following our earlier articles on the often controversial issue of compensation and YD7 and YD10 forms when a young player wishes to change footballs clubs/Academies, this article considers whether or not a player/parent has the legal right to challenge a … Continue reading

    Immigration Advice for Motorsports

    Whilst immigration and work permit/visa advice is commonly sought by football clubs and footballers (and their representatives), Full Contact are seeing an increasing need for advice tailored to motorsport. In advising various motorsport teams we have recently highlighted the problems faced … Continue reading

    Vardy to Ladapo – the rise of Non-League Football?

    Full Contact yesterday completed the transfer of non-league player Freddie Ladapo from Margate to Premier League Crystal Palace – a jump from the sixth tier to the top-flight for the 23 year old striker. In a week where Jamie Vardy again … Continue reading

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