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Practical and informed legal advice relating to sport


The experienced sports team at Bermans provides specialist legal advice to a range of individuals and organisations across the industry, with considerable experience in football, boxing, rugby and horse racing.

Our team includes ex-professional footballer Gareth Farrelly, who has several high-profile appointments including as an Arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

We provide advice and support on all sports related matters, from contractual matters and sports regulations through to disputes and disciplinary/anti-doping matters. Our experience means that we understand sport and strive to help you reach the best solution.

We will always work hard to support you and provide clear and pragmatic advice to help you achieve your goals, whether that is helping you to solve a problem or grab a new opportunity. Whatever it is that you need advice on, whether it is straightforward or more complex, please get in touch for a strictly confidential to discussion and our team will advise on the best way forward for you.

Clients we work with

  • Players/Boxers/Athletes
  • Agents/Intermediaries
  • Boxing Managers, Promoters and Trainers
  • Horse Racing Trainers and Owners
  • Clubs
  • Governing Bodies

Key Services

  • Player/Athlete Contracts
  • Commercial and Endorsement Agreements
  • Representation/Promotional/Management Agreements
  • Disputes
  • Image Rights
  • Disciplinary & Anti-Doping
  • Rules & Regulations in Sport

Key Contacts


Gareth Farrelly

Gareth joined Bermans in 2018, following his role as commercial litigation lawyer in the City and previous to that a successful career as a Premier League and international footballer. Gareth qualified as a solicitor in 2018 following his degree in law.


Nick Harvey

Nick, a partner since 2001, heads up the Litigation & Dispute Resolution as well as the Collections and Recoveries teams and also serves on Bermans board.

Fergal O'Cleirigh

Fergal O’Cleirigh

Fergal heads up the Property and Construction team in the Liverpool and Manchester offices. He specialises in commercial property transactions and his clients include property developers, investors, fund managers, banks and bridging loan companies.

Jon Davage

Jon Davage

Jon heads up the Corporate team having joined Bermans as a Corporate Partner in January 2012. Jon had previously worked at SME focused law firms in Manchester since qualification.

Guy Pattison

Guy Pattison

Guy joined Bermans upon qualifying as a solicitor in 2006. He specialises in all aspects of commercial property, licensed property, investment property and property finance transactions.


Stephen Green

Stephen is a partner and heads up the Commercial Team, having joined Bermans in June 2021


Andrew Koffman

Andrew joined Bermans in January 2017 as a Partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team. Amongst his specialises are property litigation, shareholder and partnership disputes and litigation for secured lenders.


Stephen Jarman

Stephen has over 20 years of experience and his focus is mainly on company formations, mergers and takeovers, disposals and MBO/MBIs, as well as general commercial contracts and advice.

Mike Smeaton

Michael Smeaton

Michael joined Bermans as a trainee solicitor in 2008 and became a Partner in 2021. Following his degree in law and qualification in September 2010, he joined the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team based in the firm’s Liverpool office.

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