We have a formidable reputation as one of the UK’s leading law firms operating in the sport sector. For more than 25 years we have represented governing bodies, clubs, athletes, and venues/stadiums on a vast range of matters.

In addition to providing legal advice to our clients, our partners also occupy some of the most important non-executive positions in Welsh sport and are at the forefront of major sporting developments.


Senior experts

Examples of some of our most significant work includes:

  • Advising our longstanding client, the Welsh Rugby Union, on a vast range of projects such as the construction of the iconic Principality Stadium, its landmark agreements with the Welsh professional rugby teams, joint ventures with Compass Group and Rightacres Property.
  • Advising the British Boxing Board of Control on numerous regulatory matters and disputes with world-renowned fighters and leading boxing promoters.
  • Advising the Celtic Manor Resort on its hosting of the Ryder Cup and Welsh Government.
  • Advising numerous former international rugby players on their personal injury insurance claims following forced early retirement.
  • Advising Olympians on contractual disputes.
  • Advising professional golfers in relation to contractual agreements and business ventures.

Our work

The range of our work spans a variety of legal disciplines and areas of specialisms including:

  • Commercial contracts including sponsorship and broadcasting;
  • Image rights;
  • Joint ventures;
  • Sports governance;
  • Commercial and sponsorship rights and agreements;
  • Disciplinary and regulatory hearings;
  • Property;
  • Construction (particularly stadium construction);
  • Merchandising and licensing;
  • Ambush marketing; and
  • Funding. 


“This is a significant agreement for Welsh rugby and will enable a new vision for a sustainable Dragons both on and off the pitch to be implemented. I was pleased to be able to work with Hugh James supporting us on this project and I am grateful to the team at Hugh James who were involved for their advice in reaching a constructive outcome.”

Rhodri Lewis, Head of Legal Affairs, Welsh Rugby Union (WRU)

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