Sport

Our Sports Law Team is headed up by Dan Chapman who is also the founder of the firm's specialist boutique sports law offering, Full Contact, which has an increasing national following. The team provide a comprehensive legal service to clubs, associations and individual sports professionals across the UK.

Dan is one of the few solicitors nationwide to also be an active FA Registered Intermediary (more commonly referred to as a ‘football agent’) and he and his leading team have many years’ experience of acting for professional players and football clubs in contract negotiations or transfers. Dan is also one of a small group of solicitors in the country who regularly provides representation before Sports Tribunals – bringing to bear his wealth of experience as an advocate before the Employment Tribunals where he is a recognised leader in the field. The Sports Law Team, in 2010, successfully acted for Norwich City Football Club in its high profile libel case against the News of the World and Dan has appeared before numerous FA, Football League and National League Tribunals and Arbitration Hearings. In particular, he regularly deals with Rule K arbitrations, acting for clubs, players and FA Registered Intermediaries and he also advises those parties in relation to transfers, eligibility issues and a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters.

Dan regularly commentates on sports law matters for national media and in the football world he has become a renowned expert in training EPPP and Youth Development disputes and issues, training compensation, Football Intermediary Regulations and regularly advises clubs, players and agents on the myriad of legal issues at play.  

Outside of football, Dan has also appeared before the Motor Sports Council National Court being one of the few solicitors (if not only) to have won two appeals for racing drivers before the National Court. He has for many years acted for motor racing teams at all levels of the sport (including Formula 1) and numerous racing drivers. 

Bringing together the firm’s established expertise in litigation & dispute resolution, employment, intellectual property, brand protection, defamation, immigration, regulatory and disciplinary matters, the Sports Law Team act for a wide array of sporting clients ranging from individuals to amateur and professional clubs to leading regulatory bodies. For more information on the work done by the team also see website www.fullcontactlaw.co.uk.