Football and sports law

Football and sports law

Verisona Law has a well-established football & sports law team. We advise or represent numerous clubs, associations and players in both the professional and amateur worlds. Led by Michael Dyer, the team is especially active in the worlds of football, golf and cricket and has a wealth of knowledge about sports governance, business and player matters.

Recently we have been instrumental in the turnaround of Portsmouth FC and its transition to fan ownership, and in restructuring Aldershot FC.

As part of a broad-based business and personal law firm, we can handle complex matters for you, spanning fields such as property, employment, commercial rights, finance and company turnaround.

If you are looking for expert advice and strong representation from people who understand sports, please put us on your teamsheet.

A very effective management of a highly complex situation sets the organisation as a business that is very capable of operating in such a challenging field.

Solid operators.

Verisona Law deserves every credit for nursing Portsmouth FC through some deeply dark days and helping it return to health and place it in the hands of a new owner.

Ranked in the Legal 500

Verisona Law ‘punches above its weight’ when it comes to sports matters, with clients rating the practice for its ‘excellent service and extremely helpful industry knowledge’. It is singled out for its expertise in footballing matters, and acts for clubs, players and other other individuals on governance and regulatory matters, as well as employment and real estate issues. Key clients include Portsmouth Community Football Club, for which it continued to advise on the sale of the club, which completed in August 2017, as well as advising on the extension of the club’s occupation of its training ground.

The practice also acts as advisers to the Hampshire Professional Golfers Association, and assisted professional golfer Scott Gregory with drafting an agreement with Octagon, a sports and entertainment agency in sports marketing, sponsorship and athlete and talent representation, to represent him. Michael Dyer heads the team and is noted for combining ‘experience and knowledge with a sensible, practical approach’. The ‘excellent’ Sue Ball is also recommended.

Our team

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Sue Ball
Principal Lawyer, Head of Employment & Southern Region

Sue is Head of Employment & Southern Region. Praised for her combination of common sense and expert knowledge, she offers advice to commercial clients on all employment matters and has also handled complex cases for individual employees.

From defending claims for damages and allegations of breached restrictive covenants or franchise agreements, to helping a multi-national organisation achieve the favourable resolution of a claim from its former CEO, Sue has successfully represented clients in the civil courts and at employment tribunal.

Sue enjoys sharing her legal and HR knowledge with organisations in the fast-moving world of sport, particularly football. As an experienced member of Verisona Law’s Football and Sports Law team, Sue understands the issues that are specific to the industry and deals with the many legal elements involved in employment contracts for non-playing staff at a very senior level. She regularly gives advice and support to individuals in contractual negotiations and disputes with Clubs in the Premiership, Championship and lower divisions. She also provides employment and HR advice to Clubs.

Sue is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, and is a specialist trained ADR workplace mediator.

Sue is recommended in the Legal 500 2019.

Client testimonials

“Sue was easy to deal with and offered all options available. Jane was in contact beforehand to tell me what information was needed and also Sue was prepared for our meeting. I cannot praise Sue and Jane enough and would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Sue and her team.”
Mr B, February 2018

“I can thoroughly recommend Sue Ball who has provided me with very clear professional advice on a contractual settlement I needed assistance on. The advice was delivered in a very warm & friendly manner & I would have no hesitation in using her services in future.”
Mr Hadadda

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Michael Dyer
Principal Lawyer and Head of Business Law

Michael is Head of Business Law at Verisona Law, specialising in all areas of corporate and transactional work, including acquisitions, mergers, start-ups and MBO’s. He leads the majority of Verisona’s high-value corporate and commercial transactions, and is responsible for the co-ordination of all legal services relating to such work.

Michael qualified in 1977 and was one of the founding partners of Dyer Burdett.  That firm successfully practiced in Havant for over 30 years, before it merged with another local firm in 2008 to form Verisona Law.

His commercial experience ranges from software contracts through to shareholders’ agreements and he regularly helps high profile clients in relation to media and entertainment law. He is also active in the insolvency field.

Michael is mentioned in Legal 500 (2017) as an ‘extremely sound and level-headed lawyer‘.

Client testimonials

“Mike (Dyer) quietly goes about his business; no fuss, no drama he just gets the job done. A key factor in the successful outcome was Mike’s intimate knowledge of the club. Having acted for the Trust and individual presidents on the original purchase in 2013 Mike not only had the necessary experience but also the required empathy in dealing with a stakeholder group that had made an emotional as much as a financial investment in the club.”

Trevor Birch
Managing Director
Duff and Phelps Ltd

This testimonial was given during the purchase of Portsmouth Football club by the Pompey Supporters Trust.

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Jane Pethick
Team Assistant - Employment & Corporate & Commercial

Jane works as a Team Assistant to both the Corporate & Commercial and Employment teams. Jane provides day to day support transcribing documents and being the first point of contact for clients.

Jane started work as an Office Junior in Dyer Burdett, which later joined forces with Gray Purdue to become Verisona Law in 2008.

In her spare time Jane enjoys socialising with friends and family and spending time with her French Bulldog, Ernie.