Who’s Who Legal: Sports & Entertainment 2017

We are delighted that two of our lawyers, Mark Hovell and Carol Couse, were once again selected by clients and peers as being two of the world’s leading sports lawyers by Who’s Who Legal. The lawyers chosen were selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide.

Chinese Super League clubs must pay their debts or face expulsion – the latest attempt by the Chinese Football Association to curb spending

Following the exponential spending by Chinese Super League clubs over the past few years, the Chinese Football Association has issued a strong warning to clubs over their outstanding debts. With the threat of expulsion from the 2018 Asian Champions League a real possibility, clubs are being forced to take measures to ensure their finances are in good order.

Criminal Finances Act 2017 – Football clubs can now be criminally liable for failing to prevent tax evasion by players & managers

From 30 September 2017, the Criminal Finances Act 2017 will impose criminal sanctions on companies who fail to prevent tax evasion by any employee or agent/intermediary. The creation of a corporate criminal offence will be of particular concern to the sports sector. Our Ellie Milner and Julia Rangecroft explain what you need to know.

How private are your tax affairs?

There have been numerous headlines from Spain recently regarding footballers and managers being investigated for their tax affairs. The UK has seen similar headlines in the past. While this makes for good tabloid soundbites, it does beg the question of just how private are your own tax affairs? And where is the line between acceptable and unacceptable tax planning? Chris Belcher explains.

Twitter Gate Update: How 140 characters could leave you paying out almost £140,000…

Social media can be invaluable for profile and for raising personal brand; it allows instant engagement with fans and presents plenty of commercial opportunities for those with significant followings. But can you be sued for defamation from a tweet or re-tweet? What pitfalls should you be aware of? Rachael Somerset answers these questions in light of Katie Hopkins' case at the High Court.  

FIFA’s investigation into Pogba’s transfer to Manchester United – smoking gun or smoke without fire?

The big news story in football last week was that FIFA is “investigating” Paul Pogba’s transfer to Manchester United. But who is doing the investigating, and who is under investigation? What are they looking for and, most importantly, what could be the consequences for the club, player and agent? Tiran Gunawardena provided an analysis of the events of last week in an article for the Independent.