Being in the public eye at any point in life can provide both benefits and drawbacks. Whether it is personal matters or business, you want to know you are in safe hands, treated with respect and your privacy is protected. As a full service law firm, whatever you need us for, our expert solicitors are here to help with a range of legal services for sports professionals and organisations
Across our complete range of legal services, our lawyers act with the utmost confidentiality on personal matters no matter who you are, and can provide expert guidance on business ventures for current and former sporting professionals. For sporting organisations and the day-to-day victories and challenges of running a business, our corporate services specialists are here to help.
You can trust in our service provided by solicitors for sports professionals, both currently active and retired. We have experience of working with high net worth clients and sporting stars, from Premier League footballers to former professional Rugby League players, on both personal and business matters.
Legal services for sporting professionals, current and retired
You can explore our full complement of legal services for sporting professionals, current and retired, and related organisations below:
Our family law team comes highly recommended locally and nationally through independent review site, Review Solicitors. The Head of Family at Slater Heelis has two judicial appointments and his team is well-versed in successfully navigating complex cases with high profile and high net worth individuals.
- Pre-nups & Post-nups
- Divorce / Civil Partnership Dissolution & Financial Settlements
- Living together (cohabitation) agreements
- Paternity issues & financial support for children, both married & unmarried couples.
- Contact disputes and specific issues such as where or with who the child should live
We provide all of the services above for both mixed and same sex couples.
Private Client – Wills, Trusts & Probate
No matter your background, career, or family set-up, a Will is a document everybody must have. When you have more assets and a high net worth, with some extra planning you can make provisions with preferable tax planning methods.
If you have set up a business throughout your career or on retirement from playing professionally, what will happen to that should you die or become incapacitated? Long term planning will give you the reassurance that all situations have been legally protected. Our wills & trusts specialists will guide you in your discussions on:
- Wills & Trusts
- Estate Planning
- Inheritance Tax Planning
- Succession planning
Our specialists have acted on behalf of high profile sports personalities on a range of legal matters over the years. From motoring offences to more serious allegations, our highly recommended solicitors for sporting professionals and organisations alike are here to guide you toward the best possible outcome in criminal and regulatory matters.
Complete discretion will adhered to when we deal with your matter.
For sporting individuals
- Motoring offences, including speeding, drink driving and drug driving
- Any kind of criminal allegations
- Any kind of professional rugby disciplinary matter
- Player misconduct matters
- Advice on Tiers 1-3 Operational Rules
For clubs, agencies, associations, governing bodies
- Regulatory matters from the Rugby Football League (“RFL”)
- Either prosecution or defence
As current and former professional sportspeople move into or out of a city to play or settle, it needs to run as smoothly as possible. Our residential property team comes highly recommended. Having worked with locally based international sports clubs moving players in and out, we know what is expected and our service remains second to none.
From sale and purchase to refinance, look no further.
Property investment is common among sporting professionals. We can advise on the planning and development of a property portfolio, whether that is through purchase or building from scratch.
As an owner of multiple properties, it is likely that most will be rented out. With this comes scope for disputes with tenants, and should these arise, our specialists are on hand to help.
Construction & Engineering
Within the realm of construction and engineering, we can advise for both individuals looking to start up their own construction projects, as well as for larger commercial construction contracts.
Our specialists are well respected within their field and can provide expert guidance on construction projects of all sizes. Below is an outline of the scope of our services.
For sporting individuals
- Residential development and construction issues, including, drafting on building contracts and consultants appointments and dispute resolution
For clubs, agencies, associations, governing bodies
- Advising on construction contract matters relating to large scale projects such as stadium or sports venue developments, including contract drafting and dispute resolution.
Starting and developing business ventures
It’s common for retiring sports professionals to set up a business venture, either on their own or with former teammates.
Whether it is your first business venture or you are looking develop or sell a business, our corporate team is here to guide you through the process.
From drafting contracts to drawing up employment agreements and finding office or retail space, we have specialists in each of our business services departments who will be more than happy to advise on the best approach for you.
There are many ways in which disputes can arise whether that be on an individual level or commercially.
Our diverse and experienced team has expertise across a vast range of commercial litigation and property litigation matters.
A full list of our dispute resolution services for sporting professionals and sporting organisations can be found below:
- Commercial Contract Disputes
- Professional Negligence
- Claims from sale/purchase of business
- Landlord & tenant disputes
- Neighbour & boundary disputes
- Partnership, Director & Shareholder Disputes
- Cross-border commercial transactions
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Breach of Contract claims
- Corporate Insolvency
Through our connection with Rugby League Cares, we can also refer to another Partner organisation for asset management and financial planning advice.
Former Professional Rugby League player turned entrepreneur, Mark Flanagan talks to us about why he has worked with Slater Heelis since he set up the coffee house with former teammate, Jon Wilkin.
Pot Kettle Black and Mark himself have both benefitted from a broad range of our legal services, click the link above to see the full case study.
“I had an issue regarding a business matter, involving the management company involved with the property that I own, and also property law. Charlotte at Slater Heelis handled my case and really put my mind at ease when it came to litigation situations. Also, the information she gave me was invaluable to reassure me I was in my rights to not have to do some of the unreasonable demands that were put on me.”
– Keith Senior, Former Professional Rugby League Player
Contact our team
Because each of our teams is run by experienced and respected specialists in their field, when you look to us for legal services for sports professionals and organisations, you know that you are getting the highest level of expertise and service.
Call us on 0161 969 3131 or leave your details with us and one of our team will be in touch.
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