Sporting excellence at Muckle LLP

September 4, 2019

North East independent law firm for businesses Muckle LLP is top of the league when it comes to sport

Newcastle-based Muckle is the only legal firm recognised for sports law in the North and has taken top spot in the Legal 500 UK rankings for the past eight years.

Its dedicated sports legal team has built up a strong reputation, with national and international clients including The Football Association (FA), Sport England, the EFL Trust, England Athletics, parkrun, the Rugby Players’ Association and the Caribbean Premier League T20 cricket tournament.

The team also works with the Premier League and has advised seven top-flight clubs on domestic and international projects in the last 12 months alone.

Its latest flagship sports legal advice has been supplied to Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, the award-winning charity that is preparing to move into new facilities adjacent to the Championship club’s multimillion-pound stadium.

The move into all-purpose facilities, as part of the development of Brentford FC’s new 17,250-seater stadium, represents the fruition of years of collaboration between the football club and the trust.

All the legal, project and contractual work has been provided by Muckle LLP’s sports team, which originally helped the football club set up Brentford FC Community Sports Trust in 2005 and has continued to advise the trust with legal advice over the last 14 years.

John Devine, Muckle LLP partner and
head of the sports team, led the project for the Community Sports Trust and real estate partner Libbie Henderson advised on all the contractual property work, with construction partner Lucilla Waugh advising on facilities development matters.

John says: “We have a strong, longstanding relationship with Brentford FC Community Sports Trust. Our team of specialist lawyers regularly works across the UK in the sport sector, so we are therefore delighted to continue supporting the team at Brentford FC Community Sports Trust.

“We hope everyone associated with their impending move to the new stadium can look forward to an exciting new future.

“The Community Sports Trust undertakes vital work in the community of Brentford and surrounding boroughs including Hounslow, Ealing, Richmond and Hillingdon, so we are delighted to have played a small part in ensuring this excellent work continues to grow and expand with inclusive and accessible new sporting facilities,” he adds.

Lee Doyle, chief executive of Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, adds: “We’re very excited to be able to move into the new base – enabling us to build on our grassroots community sports programmes and support more local people across West London.”

“We have worked well with John and the Muckle team for over 14 years. They are now assisting us with our involvement in the roll-out of The FA and Football Foundation’s Parklife facilities project at nearby Gunnersbury Park.”

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