"We have always received excellent service from Payne Hicks Beach - all of the partners are fantastic"The Legal 500 UK 2020
Sports disputes require specialist knowledge that is best learned through experience. We have an excellent track record in relation to sailing and marine sports, in particular including America's Cup Challenges, round the world yacht races and the Olympic Games.
We also have significant knowledge and expertise in equine matters, including disputes over the sale and purchase of horses, veterinary surgeon negligence claims, matters arising out of bloodstock and racehorse disputes including doping. From this top class experience we can work with athletes, sports personalities, sponsors and governing bodies at the highest level.
We have acquired experience in a wide range of sports disputes, including marketing and sponsorship issues, media relations and sports contracts. We also advise on competition rules and regulations and on the mechanisms for protest, challenges and disciplinary enquiries.
We act for many famous competitors and also for businesses and charities which support sport in a variety of ways.
The Legal 500 UK ranks the team and Jonathan Gatward, Hanna Basha and Nick Grant are listed as recommended sports lawyers. The directory writes "they provide good, sound advice and are outstanding in the world of sailing as well as advising on equestrianism and athletics." Champion sailor Richard Butcher (now retired) and his team represent competitors, event organisers and sponsors. Richard Butcher is "very knowledgeable and firm in his dealings and extremely hardworking and thorough." The firm is commended as "excellent - it has considerable understanding of the sports market in general as well as sailing specifically" and that Richard Butcher "understands the pressure top sports persons are under, and is not only an expert in contracts but also in litigation."
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