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FIFA Football Agent Regulations – Centrefield FFAR Toolkit

Posted on: January 11th, 2023 by cfEditor

Following the FIFA Football Agent Regulations (FFAR) becoming operative on 9 January 2023, we have launched the Centrefield FFAR Toolkit to provide bespoke, tailored and practical advice to clients in respect of the FFAR and the associated implications of the new regime.

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MetaLantis formed partnership with the Argentinian Football Association (AFA) to develop the official virtual stadium of AFA

Posted on: December 14th, 2022 by cfEditor

As Lionel Messi and team advance in the world’s biggest football tournament in Qatar, Centrefield is delighted to have advised its US based client MetaLantis on its partnership with the Argentinian Football Association (AFA) in respect of the development of the official virtual stadium of AFA.

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The Times – Best Law Firms

Posted on: November 4th, 2022 by cfEditor

Centrefield is delighted to be included in The Times Best Law Firms 2023, a list of the top 250 legal practices in England and Wales (https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/best-law-firms-9kh6q236r). Based on independent research and nominations from other lawyers, we are one of only fifteen firms included in respect of sport and entertainment.

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Centrefield advised British sprinter CJ Ujah who was cleared of deliberately taking drugs at the Tokyo Olympics

Posted on: October 12th, 2022 by cfEditor

Centrefield successfully represented British sprinter CJ Ujah following his Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics (held on 23 July to 8 August 2021) after the men’s 4x100m relay final on 6 August 2021.

The disciplinary proceedings which concluded recently involved a lengthy two-stage process.

On 18 February 2022, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, ruled that CJ Ujah had committed an ADRV under the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Anti-Doping Rules, which resulted in the disqualification of the Great Britain team in the men’s 4x100m relay final on 6 August 2021 and the forfeiture of their silver medals.

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Unscripted: Legal and Commercial Issues in Docuseries

Posted on: July 27th, 2022 by cfEditor

Having recently advised on a number of docuseries as part of our wider work on licensing, broadcasting and content exploitation/distribution arrangements (including advising various rights holders (comprising both high-profile media and sports personalities, as well as leading sports clubs/organisations) on deals involving leading streaming platforms,  free to air channels and subscription broadcasters), we take a look at some of the key practical considerations to address in negotiations and contracts: (more…)

Centrefield Promotions

Posted on: July 1st, 2022 by cfEditor

Centrefield is delighted to announce the promotions of Oliver Sadler, Philip Bonner and Sarah Athi to the role of Legal Director.

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Business Immigration: 2022 Update

Posted on: June 30th, 2022 by cfEditor

The Home Office has recently introduced new work and business visa routes to modernise the UK Immigration system with the aim of attracting more skilled workers and global talents to the UK; the Global Business Mobility visa routes, the High Potential Individual visa, and the Scale-up route. We briefly outline the details for each visa route in this summary.

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Non-Fungible Tokens: Key Issues for Rights Holders

Posted on: April 26th, 2021 by cfEditor

The sale of non-fungible tokens (‘NFTs’) have rocketed over the past few months, presenting a significant revenue generating opportunity for rights holders within the sports and media space. In this short update, we set out some key legal and commercial issues for rights holders to consider when contemplating issuing NFTs.

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Amateur Sports Events – Key Legal Issues for Event Organisers

Posted on: March 8th, 2021 by cfEditor

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented upheaval and turmoil in the world of sport similar to many other industries. Whilst the media spotlight has largely been on the cancellation or postponement of events in elite sport, such as the 2020 Olympic Games, there has been little focus on the events and races aimed at amateur athletes and the general public which have also been put on hold as a result of COVID-19. (more…)

Football Clubs: Commercial and Regulatory Update

Posted on: December 7th, 2020 by cfEditor

In light of the current and future commercial and regulatory issues facing football, we set out below an update on matters that we are regularly advising clubs on together with regulatory updates that are due to take effect in the near future. (more…)