Centrefield has been ranked as a Top-Tier law firm for Sport within the Legal 500 2017 rankings. The firm was described by clients as being ‘among the best specialist sports practices by some distance, and undoubtedly one of the leading firm of solicitors for football’. In addition to its overall rankings, the firm’s partners have also been recognised, with Matthew Bennett is listed in the ‘Leading Individuals’ in UK Sport and noted as having ‘unparalleled knowledge and experience of regulatory law and is very popular with clients’.
David Bentham and Edward Canty are also recognised as leading lawyers within the industry, with David being described as ‘first-class and responsive’ and having ‘excellent industry knowledge and a superb commercial focus’, whilst Edward is noted as a ‘pre-eminent sports lawyer who is knowledgeable, skilful and user-friendly’. Stuart Baird is also listed in the leading ‘Next Generation Lawyers’ in UK Sport, being described as ‘very bright, calm and unflappable’ and someone who ‘knows the football industry inside out and commands respect’.
Having only established the practice in 2015, the firm’s top-tier rankings within the Legal 500 recognise the firm’s success in quickly establishing its position as one of the pre-eminent sports law practices within the UK.