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Sport and Leisure

Pinsent Masons has advised on a wide range of sports and leisure, hotels and joined up service centre projects from local libraries and football clubs to sporting facilities for high profile competitions delivered on the world stage. Our industry knowledge underpins our reputation as one of the leading providers of legal services to the sports and leisure sector, from procurement to completion through to operation and maintenance.

Key Contacts

Other key Sport and Leisure contacts

  • Profile picture of Richard Laudy
    Richard Laudy

    Partner - Head of Global Sector, Infrastructure

  • Profile picture of Nick Ogden
    Nick Ogden

    Partner - Head of Client Relationships, Infrastructure

Our multi-disciplinary team advises on strategic corporate transactions, intellectual property rights, media rights including merchandising deals, sponsorship and broadcast agreements; competition including public procurement and state aid. We are specialists in all legal elements and issues arising in delivering a sporting event or the related infrastructure and we fully understand the challenges these projects bring. In addition, we have a detailed understanding of how projects are structured and brought to a successful and timely conclusion.

Our service includes advising on the appropriate procurement model to adopt which may include concessions agreements, framework agreements, partnering arrangements (including joint ventures), design and build (with or without finance and operation) and traditional construction agreements.

We advised the organisations below on their sports and leisure projects:

  • Advising Shepherd, the contractor on EU procurement and construction of the indoor arenas and sports centres which were the squash and tennis venues at the English Institute of Sport at Sportcity, for the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester 
  • Advising on the demolition and reconstruction of Wembley National Stadium, including advice in relation to procurement strategies, drafting and negotiating the construction contracts and related documentation, and advising on associated finance provisions 
  • Advising in connection with the redevelopment of Happy Valley Football Club in Hong Kong, an undertaking with the Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club 
  • Advising Premier League football club Newcastle United on the £134.4 million recommended cash offer for the Club by St James Holdings Limited, an English private limited company incorporated for the specific purpose of acquiring shares in Newcastle United. 
  • Advising the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham for many years in relation to funding, planning, construction, leasehold arrangements and licensing arrangements 
  • Providing construction advice to Liverpool City Council on their prestigious £146m Kings Waterfront Liverpool Arena and Convention Centre project. This is a 9500 capacity arena and a 1350 seat conference centre 
  • Advising on the redevelopment of Imperial Wharf, a contaminated 38 acre Thames-side former gas works site for 1,650 residential units (47% of which are affordable housing), public open space including riverside walkway, a railway station and river moorings, hotel and leisure facilities, offices and retail.

Case Studies