Football and sports law
Verisona Law has a well-established Football & Sports Law practice. 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. Read the case studies below.
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.
Ranked in 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.
Legal 500 2019
What our clients say about us
"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."
"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."
Managers, back-room staff and players
With our comprehensive legal expertise and services we can make an immediate impact, wherever you play us.
- Players, managers and back-room staff
- Employment contracts and variations
- Agent representation
- Disciplinary representation
- Personal sponsorship & image rights
- Family law, wealth management, property
Clubs and club owners
- Funding and business sale/acquisition
- Transfer agreements
- Employment and HR matters
- Insolvency and turnarounds
- IP, image rights and brand enforcement
- Disciplinary presentations
- Regulatory issues
Governing bodies, community groups and associations
- Fan ownership and club acquisition
- Sporting codes and ethics
- Disciplinary matters
- IP Protection>
"Thanks for all your help on this - you've been so helpful to me in guiding and explaining everything, so just to say thank you for obviously helping represent my case but also allowing me to understand the process and giving me greater awareness of what I need to be mindful of when signing future contracts".
Former employee of professional football club
"I met Mike Dyer, Head of Commercial Law at Verisona, during October 2012 and they were already heavily involved in the bid for ownership of Portsmouth Football Club. Both he and the Verisona team have been an absolute pleasure to work with ever since.
Verisona handled all legal aspects of the takeover and were available to both myself and the bid team 24/7. One of their greatest attributes is their flexibility in working to get the job done. I never once felt that calling during out of office hours was inappropriate, and we would often have conversations at 9, 10 and 11 o’clock at night, as well as weekends.
We have established an excellent working relationship with Verisona. The firm got very involved in all aspects of the takeover, looked after us and truly cared about our success.
I have worked with multiple Commercial Law firms during my 30 year business career and Verisona are by far the best that I have come across.
We have continued to use Verisona as our legal support post-administration and the firm gives us advice and support as we establish PCFC and get to grips with running the Club. Verisona are accessible, approachable, proactive and work very hard to earn their success."
Portsmouth Community Football Club Limited
"Verisona were my first choice for legal help on the Aldershot restructure and I was not disappointed with their help and advice throughout the case. They were proactive and commercial throughout a very difficult assignment which covered a number of technical areas.
Their Football experience was invaluable and this allied to just great service went a long way in ensuring we managed to achieve a successful turnaround.
I would not hesitate to use Verisona again on any sport related matter or indeed on any other matter".
Aldershot Town FC (1992) Limited (in Administration)