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New arrival in Bermans sport & entertainment team

David Keenan, (photograph below) a highly respected and experienced practitioner within sport, has joined Bermans as a solicitor in their Sport & Entertainment team.

David, who will be based in Bermans Liverpool office, qualified in 2012 and is recommended in Legal500 2021 as a “Rising Star” within sports law.


David regularly advises on both contentious and non-contentious issues with experience in a variety of sports including football, boxing and horse racing. His experience includes regularly advising sports participants (including players, athletes, managers, agents, owners and trainers) on contractual issues such as endorsement agreements, image rights, player/athlete contracts, promotional contracts and representation agreements.

He is also regularly instructed on disciplinary and anti-doping matters as well as disputes (including FA Rule K Arbitrations, Premier League Rule X Arbitrations, disputes before FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber and Player’s Status Committee, high profile sporting disputes before civil courts and high level sports personal injury cases).

David represents a number of high-profile sports stars, including Manchester City and England footballer Phil Foden and boxer Tommy Fury.

David is as a member of the Dispute, Disciplinary and Appeal Panel for British Canoeing and a Disciplinary Panel Member for Lancashire FA.

David comments “I am delighted to have joined Bermans and I am looking forward to working with Gareth Farrelly and all of the other talented lawyers at the firm. It is a fantastic opportunity for Gareth and I to work together and build on the excellent service that the firm already provides within sport.”

Bermans Senior Partner, Fergal O’Cleirigh, comments “David is a great addition to our existing offering in  sports law. He has a wide range of skills and we believe he and Gareth are perfectly placed to further develop what is already a successful and important department for the business.”

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