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Sport and Entertainment

Practical and informed legal advice relating to sport and entertainment

Sport and Entertainment

Bermans Sport and Entertainment team provides specialist legal advice to a range of individuals and organisations across the industries.

Our expert team offers advice relating to contentious and non-contentious legal matters on a range of issues including commercial contract and sponsorship agreements, employment contracts, intellectual property and licensing.

Our experienced sports team offers legal advice for sports personalities, regulatory bodies, clubs and associations, agents/intermediaries and advisers.

We have expertise in the motorsport industry, acting for national governing bodies & their insurers, circuits, clubs, teams, drivers and motorcycle riders.

We also provide specialist legal advice for sports people, regulatory bodies, clubs and associations, agents/intermediaries and advisers in the following areas of sport, Boxing, Cricket, Darts, Football, Golf, Rugby, Snooker and Tennis.

In addition to this, we act as legal adviser to the Concert Promoters Association (CPA) and most of the leading events promoters and festivals in the UK, as well as, a number of leading sporting and entertainment venues on various legal matters including artist, venue hire and licensing.

Clients we work with

  • Governing Bodies
  • Teams
  • Drivers/Riders & Team Personnel
  • Insurers
  • Event promoters
  • Festivals
  • Venues

Key Services

  • Motorsport
  • Football and other sports
  • Entertainment & Licensing

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.


David Keenan

David joined Bermans in 2020 following previous roles at national and international law firms specialising in sport. He has a degree in law and qualified in 2012.

He is a highly respected and experienced practitioner within sport and is recommended in Legal500 2021 as a “Rising Star” within sports 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 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.

Chris McDonough

Chris McDonough

Chris is well respected in his fields of expertise and advises businesses both nationally and internationally on commercial and company law matters.


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.

Barney Leaf

Michael Smeaton

Michael joined Bermans as a trainee solicitor in 2008 and, following his qualification in September 2010, joined the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team based in the firm’s Liverpool office.

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