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Bermans further develop their sport & entertainment offering


Simon Taylor, a leading sport and entertainment solicitor, has joined Bermans as a partner and head of their Sport & Entertainment team.

Simon, who will be based in Bermans Manchester office, has more than 30 years’ experience and specialises in representing clients within the motorsport and festival/event industries providing a full range of legal services.

He has an international reputation within motorsport acting for national governing bodies & their insurers, circuits, clubs, teams, drivers and motorcycle riders. Since joining Bermans, Simon has negotiated contracts for the 2019 season for F1 drivers and team personnel. He also has unrivalled experience of representing clients at hearings before the FIA International Court of Appeal and National Motorsport Courts worldwide.

A nationally recognised expert in the entertainment industry and pre-eminent figure in the licensing and organisation of outdoor festivals, events and concert tours, Simon acts for and is retained by the majority of the country’s leading promoters, organisers and venues including Live Nation, Festival Republic, AEG & SJM.

Simon joins former Irish international footballer, now qualified solicitor, Gareth Farrelly, who joined Bermans in March 2018, as they look to develop and expand the team with further new personnel already recruited for early 2019.

Bermans has had links in the licenced property sector, (led by head of Property & Construction Fergal O’Cleirigh) for over 30 years, acting for national brewing companies and others within the licensed leisure sector, dealing with trade agreements, leases, acquisition & disposals and licensing.

Bermans Rebecca Fan and David Tournafond are also specialists within licensed trade acting for hotels, restaurants/bars and other licensed premises.

“I have worked at some larger firms but feel the culture and commitment to client service makes Bermans a natural home for me. They are a partner led, independent, law firm with offices in key North West cities, Manchester and Liverpool. They are innovative as demonstrated by their multi award winning dispute resolution product, Escalate, and focused on achieving results for clients. I am looking forward to working with Gareth and other lawyers at the firm and the opportunities that this will bring for both of us as we look to build a specialist team.”

Bermans Partner, Phil Farrelly, comments “We are delighted Simon has joined Bermans and his arrival bolsters the depth and experience in the firm. We have been active in the sports and entertainment sectors for some time and the arrival of Simon & Gareth allows us to continue to develop this and build a team to service a grade A client list in these sectors.”

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