Leathes Prior's Sports Team is best known for their prominent work in motorsport. Dan Chapman regularly appears before the Motorsport UK National Court representing drivers and teams and is one of the very few solicitors in the UK to conduct this type of specialist work. Dan has for many years acted for motor racing teams at all levels of the sport (including Formula 1, F2 and F3) and numerous racing drivers, from junior and karting levels through to Indy Car, F1 and GT racing.
In the 2019 motor racing season alone, Dan and the Sports Team were involved in over 35 matters involving either Formula 1 or its two support series (F2 and F3) and are retained by a number of high-profile clients to give rapid and dynamic advice in a range of contractual, commercial, regulatory and crisis management matters. Dan and the Sports Team acted in 2018 for then F2 driver Alex Albon as he signed for the F1 team Toro Rosso for the 2019 season before getting promoted to the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Team and again in 2021 when he signed for Williams for the 2022 season.
Dan is also the lead lawyer for Hitech GP who compete in F2, F3, British F3 and Asian F3 amongst other series. In December 2020, Dan again appeared before the National Court at Silverstone successfully appealing a sanction imposed against the F3 driver Louis Foster. Also in late 2020, Dan was again working in F1, this time as the lawyer for Nikita Mazepin as he signed a multi-year contract with the US owned Haas F1 Team. In 2021, Dan led on the contractual negotiations for and represented the Title Sponsor of a F1 team in a multi-million pound sponsorship deal.
Recent reported cases:
Leathes Prior acts as Alex Albon returns to the Formula One grid.
Successfully represented Louis Foster on his Appeal before the Motor Sport Council’s National Court.
Assisted Nikita Mazepin to sign a multi-year deal with Haas F1 Team.