2017 Year in Review

We wish our readers a happy New Year, and best wishes for a prosperous 2018. 

For our first post of the new year, we wanted to take a quick look back at the highlights of 2017 - a busy and eventful year for the Mills & Reeve sports team.  

Legal fallout from managerial sackings

League Managers' Association (LMA) chief executive Richard Bevan has stated that the culture of sacking managers is "severely damaging" English football. A manager getting sacked is certainly a common sight for English football fans and for the sports industry in general. But is it worse in England that elsewhere in the world? And what are the legal consequences of a manager getting sacked? Our Americo Espallargas explains. 

Sports Facilities: impact of Financial Fair Play Regulations

In a series of 4 blog posts, Chris Pike of Mills & Reeve’s Real Estate team will explore what football clubs and other sporting organisations should consider in relation to maximising the commercial value of their facilities (e.g. their stadium). In this fourth and final post, Chris considers the impact of the UEFA Financial Fair Play Regulations which seek to encourage football clubs to invest in facilities.

Sports Facilities - Factors in Development: Maximising usage and user experience

In a series of 4 blog posts, Chris Pike of Mills & Reeve’s Real Estate team will explore what football clubs and other sporting organisations should consider in relation to maximising the commercial value of their facilities (e.g. their stadium). In this second post, Chris considers the optimal utilization of stadium capacity in enhancing the fan experience.

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.