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Sports Law Division

Representation & Legal Advice for Sports Clubs, Professional and Semi-Professional Sportspeople and those involved in the Sporting Industry across the UK.

Petherbridge Bassra has a specialist, niche Sports Law department which deals with all aspects of sporting law.

Here are some of the services we offer to Clubs:

  • Contracts
  • Representation at Official Appeal Hearings
  • Disciplinary Matters
  • Transfer Negotiations
  • Settlement/Release Agreements
  • Loans of Players
  • Employment Law
  • Broadcasting Rights

When acting for individual Sportspeople we have an in-depth understanding of the importance or protecting image, privacy and maximising earning potential throughout a career and beyond. The key areas in which we give legal support and advice to sportspeople include:

  • Contracts, Reviews & Negotiations
  • Tribunals & Hearings
  • Disciplinary Matters
  • High Value Medical Negligence - Mis-diagnosis, inappropriate or delayed treatment, harmful or aggressive physio;
  • Sponsorship Deals
  • Protecting Privacy/Preventing Press Intrusion
  • Personal legal matters such as Divorce, Separation,Custody/Access, Protecting Assets. Our team includes a Family Solicitor with vast experience of high value Divorce Cases
  • Criminal Matters (including Road Traffic Offences such as Drink Driving, Speeding)

News Update

October 17 2014: Opus Law, the specialist fraud department of Petherbridge Bassra, can today announce that ex professional footballer Bobby Campbell has been found not guilty of all fraud charges that he faced, as has his wife Paula.
Following his charge, Opus Law was instructed and proactively sought to defend the case. Following the instruction of a forensic accountant and vigorous disclosure requests, the Crown decided to offer no evidence at the Leeds Crown Court this morning. Ben Jones of Opus Law was instructed for Bobby Campbell and Ray Singh, Higher Court Advocate was instructed to represent Paula Campbell.

Bradford Telegraph & Argus - 18th October
Bradford Telegraph & Argus - 17th October
The Huddersfield Daily Examiner
Birmingham Mail

September 2 2014: Petherbridge Bassra’s specialist complex crime division, Opus Law, is today acting for Delroy Facey, a Former Premier League footballer charged with conspiracy to commit bribery.
Mr Facey, 34, of Huddersfield, made 10 top flight appearances for Bolton Wanderers between 2002 and 2004 and will appear in Court today. This case is attracting wide media attention (see below) and our involvement combines our close links with sporting professionals with our extensive experience in fraud and complex crime cases.

BBC News
ITV News
Sky Sports
NY Daily News
Partner, Ben Jones, is filmed leaving Court with Delroy Facey on 2 September 2014

For more information on this Case or advice on any complex crime matter please contact Ben Jones, Partner, on 0845 200 3219 or 07939 593769 or via email on b.jones@opuslaw.co.uk.

May 12 2014: Ben Jones instructed to represent ex-Premier League and International footballer in relation to match fixing allegations.

May 12 2014: Petherbridge Bassra successful in Court of Arbitration for Sport Appeal.

Ben Jones, Partner, was instructed by Bradford City Football Club in respect of a decision by the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber in relation to professional player Mark Stewart.

At the time of instruction FIFA had ordered Bradford City FC to pay €250,000 in training compensation to Falkirk FC in respect of the afore mentioned player. We were asked to advise whether or not the club had a potentially viable appeal. The only other option to the club being to pay the amount ordered in full.

Leading Queens Counsel, Mr Simon Csoka QC, was instructed and the facts of the case scrutinised. The club were subsequently advised to appeal the FIFA DRC ruling to the highest sporting court, The Court of Arbitration for Sport. Appeal documents were lodged and the matter listed for a full hearing in Lausanne.

In November 2013 Ben Jones and Simon Csoka QC flew to Switzerland along with Bradford City CEO Mr David Baldwin. During a 3 hour hearing our appeal was argued on very novel and complex legal points. The appointed panel chose to consider the case and reserved judgment. This judgment was ultimately not delivered until March 2014.

The appeal was partially allowed and the amount of training compensation reduced from €250,000 to €185,000. Falkirk FC were also ordered to pay 20% of the CAS costs, which had initially been borne by Bradford City.

May 12 2014: Ben Jones Instructed to represent ex-Bradford City legend, Bobby Campbell
Ben Jones Instructed to represent ex-Bradford City legend, Bobby Campbell, in relation to fraud allegations. Click on the links below to read more:
The Huddersfield Daily Examiner
Birmingham Mail
Belfast Telegraph
Telegraph & Argus

May 12 2014: Ben Jones instructed to represent British Para-Olympian athlete in respect of fraud allegations.

January 16 2014: Petherbridge Bassra Sports Law Division Advises Player and Club on New Bradford City Signing, Aaron McClean.

Petherbridge Bassra can confirm Ben Jones and Jagtar Rooprai, Partners, have today provided legal advice and assistance to both Bradford City and Aaron McLean in respect of his transfer from Premier League Hull City to the mighty Bantams.

Ben (Head of Sports Law) and Jagtar (Head of Employment Law) attended at the training ground to advise both parties as to the move and to help to complete the deal.

Both were later thanked personally by a happy Phil Parkinson, who has secured the 30-year old player on a two and a half year contract.

For more information on this Case or advice on any aspect of Sports Law, please contact Ben Jones on 01274 724114 or 07939 593769 or via email on b.jones@petherbridgebassra.com.

Jagtar Rooprai, Aaron McClean and Ben Jones

Left to right: Jagtar Rooprai (Partner & Head of Employment Law), Aaron McClean (New Signing for BCFC),
Ben Jones (Partner & Head of Sports Law)

Jagtar Rooprai, Phil Parkinson and Ben Jones

Left to right: Jagtar Rooprai (Partner & Head of Employment Law), Phil Parkinson (Bradford City Manager),
Ben Jones (Partner & Head of Sports Law)

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