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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.

    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

    New work permit rules start to bite……

        New work permit rules came into force on 1st May 2015 but with the transfer window in full swing, clubs are only starting to discover the impact. Sheffield Wednesday have hit difficulties in trying to sign former Leeds … Continue reading

    Training Compensation; the Category 4 loophole?

      In the latest of a series of articles discussing training compensation, we take a look at a potential solution that players and their advisers might consider where (a) they can not sign for a new club without the former … Continue reading

    How to find your FA Registered Intermediary?

      With April 1st 2015 upon us, amidst much controversy, the FA Regulations on Working with Intermediaries has come into force. Adopting (albeit in parts enforcing more strictly) the mandate set down by the FIFA Regulations on Working with Intermediaries, … Continue reading

    EPPP : the curious YD forms?

    Shortly after the introduction of the much heralded Elite Player Performance Plan (“EPPP”) I had cause to write an article; EPPP: can the player vote with his feet ? What I had perhaps not envisaged at the time was quite how … Continue reading

    Merry Christmas to and from all at Full Contact

      I would like to wish all of our Full Contact clients, their families, our friends and followers the most wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. 2014 has been an exciting year for Full Contact, and we have had … Continue reading

    Full Contact 2014/2015 Season Preview

        With the joys of the World Cup behind us, the pedantry of those pre-season friendlies a fading memory, tomorrow it all begins in earnest……another season has arrived!    Here is the Full Contact preview of what awaits our … Continue reading

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