Football & Sports

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."

"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."

The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms

  • Sue Ball

    Sue Ball

    Managing Director - Head of Employment Law

    T: 023 9231 2053

    M: 07815 792 923

  • Michael Dyer

    Michael Dyer

    Director - Head of Corporate & Commercial

    T: 023 9231 2054

    M: 07768 453 966

  • Grant Usher

    Grant Usher

    Associate Solicitor - Corporate and Commercial

    T: 023 9231 2058

    M: 07464 547 366



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>
  • Disputes

"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

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