Stopping Formula One in its tracks - the harsh reality facing British Motorsport after Brexit

With 7 out of the 10 Formula 1 teams based in “Motorsport Valley” (an area covering the Midlands and Oxfordshire), the heart of F1 is well and truly embedded in Britain. However, with Britain’s exit from the European Union fast approaching, is this niche industry under threat and does Britain risk losing the jewel in the F1 crown to other countries?

Sports technology and media

2019 is shaping up to be a highly significant year off the pitch, particularly in the worlds of sports technology and media. A number of key future developments will have massive implications on the manner in which audiences consume sport, and how industry revenues will be generated. We asked a wide range of clients, industry friends and colleagues to gaze into the future and predict what lies ahead for the remainder of the year. This is what they see…

2018 Year in Review

We wish our readers a happy New Year, and best wishes for a prosperous 2019. 

For our first post of the new year, we wanted to take a quick look back at the highlights of 2018 - a busy and eventful year for the Mills & Reeve sports team. 

Disability in football: Colour blindness?

Colour blindness is defined as “the inability to distinguish the differences between certain colours”. It affects 1 in 12 men, therefore it is highly likely that each Premier League starting XI (let alone squad) will include at least one player that is affected. The FA recently published a 78 page article addressing the matter. Our Matt Knowles takes a look at what clubs can do by way of best practice to assist their players.

The latest developments in Chinese football – well thought-out or void of any logic?

On 2 October 2018, the CFA announced that 55 Chinese players who fall in the “Under 25” age category and playing in the CSL would be mandated to attend a two month, military style training camp. This news, which came entirely out of the blue, means that the majority of clubs in the top two divisions will be missing key players for crucial matches at the end of the season; including domestic cup semi-final and final matches as well as key relegation battles. Our Phil Hutchinson takes a look.

Julian Moore joins Mills & Reeve as Head of London Sports Team

We are delighted to announce that Julian Moore has joined the Mills & Reeve London office, as the head of the London sports team. Julian is a highly-experienced commercial sports lawyer who focuses, in particular, on media, sponsorship and other sports rights. He acts for a wide range of clients across the sector, both domestically and internationally, and in a number of sports, including football, horse racing, cycling, cricket and golf.

Amendments to the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP)

On 26 April 2018, FIFA issued Circular Letter 1625, which introduced some of the most significant changes to the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP) seen in many years. The changes will come into effect from 1 June 2018. Our Tiran Gunawardena explains what these changes are and what they will mean for players and football clubs going forward.