Tim Bailey-Sports Law



Practice Areas

Tim is a commercial lawyer and specialist sports lawyer – with a passion for sport.

As a member of the Beswicks Sports Team, Tim advises professional athletes, clubs and corporate bodies on sports contracts and related contractual and commercial issues. These are predominately within the world of football and cricket, to which he brings a focused understanding of the business – backed up by years of specialist sports law experience.


  • Sports sponsorship and promotion
  • Media and sports IP rights
  • Image rights
  • Sports regulatory matters
  • Professional athletes employment and commercial sports contracts
  • Representation of youth players
  • Immigration to UK for sports professionals
  • Athlete management including co ordination of financial, tax and investment advice and planning
  • Affiliation and partnership of USL franchise holders with UK and International clubs

Recent Transactions

  • Advising on the international transfer of a high profile Korean player to a Premier League club
  • Advising Premier League Club on recent multi million pound transfers and associated image rights contracts
  • Advising Premier League Club on various regulatory issues, including the drafting of standard player contract provisions
  • Advising top county cricket coach regarding his new appointment with the ECB
  • Representation of youth players in recent high profile transfers to Premiership clubs
  • Negotiation and completion of record value sponsorship contract with cricket equipment provider
  • Advising on an investment proposal for the acquisition of economic rights in Brazilian footballers
  • Advising Super League rugby club on image rights issues
  • Setting up corporate structure and commercial agreements for development of a football academy in Senegal
  • Incorporation of sports based charity to provide aid to African nations
  • Representing leading young GB Olympic sprinters in commercial activities
  • Advising Olympic gold medal sprint cyclist in mechandising agreements

Other Professional & Pro Bono Work

  • Founder shareholder of Planet Sport, a provider of core curriculum multi-sports coaching to children
  • Author of numerous sports law articles for publications such as FC Business
  • Member of the British Association for Sport and the Law

To find out more about Tim Bailey or to speak to him directly contact:


Sigma House, Lakeside, Festival Way, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 5RY

Telephone (0044) (0) 1782 205 000

Fax: (0044) (0) 1782 285 986


E-mail: tim.bailey@beswicks.com