As a firm we are passionate about sport. We are widely recognised as the leading sports law firm in Wales and our sport lawyers provide services to individuals and sporting organisations, including major governing bodies.
We offer a comprehensive service to sportsmen and women, helping them to manage life on and off the field.
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Sports organisations need lawyers who understand their game. For more than 20 years our sports lawyers have dealt with high profile matters, often controversial and sensitive in nature, for a range of sporting organisation to whom we provide informed and commercially focused advice on:
Welsh Rugby Union Ltd (WRU) on a range of legal issues including:
Millennium Stadium on a broad range of legal issues including:
British Boxing Board of Control on a range of contractual and disciplinary issues.
Numerous commercial, employment and events contracts including:
Gareth Williams heads the firm’s sports department and is company secretary of the Welsh Rugby Union. He is particularly active in disciplinary and regulatory matters, and was the lead partner advising the British Boxing Board of Control in proceedings brought by six of its members and the Luxembourg Boxing Federation.
One source said: “He is a very good advocate and is extremely bright. He prepares extremely well but when he delivers it seems likes he’s doing it off the cuff and makes it look easy.”
Chambers UK 2014
Hugh James maintains a strong relationship with the WRU, for which Gareth Williams is company secretary. 2012 instructions included contentious IP and commercial matters, as well as advising in relation to the initiative to incorporate rugby clubs across Wales. The firm acted for the British Boxing Board of Control in proceedings brought by Frank Warren and others, relating to the Haye v Chisora fight.
The Legal 500 2013
Hugh James’ prominence in the sports sector is principally due to its long-standing relationship with the Welsh Rugby Union, for whom the group continues to act as principal outside counsel. The team also works with London-based sports marketing agency WSM, as well as the Golf Union of Wales.
Chambers UK 2013
“I’ve really got to go on record to thank…the WRU’s solicitors Hugh James for all they did for me. They left no stone unturned and have really looked after me. I found myself in a difficult position, but I’m just glad it’s all over now and it was just great to be part of the winning team.”
Source: Lee Byrne, quoted in Daily Post North Wales
“I am extremely grateful for the professionalism, expertise and dedication Hugh James demonstrated throughout the negotiation of this historic agreement. Their contribution was instrumental in helping us get the deal over the line. Their guidance throughout the protracted and sometimes difficult negotiations was invaluable and is greatly appreciated by me and the whole of the WRU team.”
Roger Lewis, CEO, Welsh Rugby Union
“We are extremely grateful to Hugh James for the high standard of professional advice we receive from them as it allows us to make robust and measured strategic decisions which benefit the Group and protect the interests of the Millennium Stadium and our national sport.”
Roger Lewis, CEO Welsh Rugby Union