Gary Mellor Senior Partner

As Senior Partner I have a breadth of experience across a number of specialisms, however, since setting up Beswicks Sports in 1999, my primary focus has been sports law.

I have extensive knowledge of the sports, media and entertainment world and have provided commercial and practical advice to the media and entertainment industries. I advise the football and cricket worlds and have close links in athletics, snooker, golf and tournament organisations, including arranging international players for high profile events. I have been involved in numerous contractual negotiations at all levels.

As well as being ranked among the elite leading lawyers nationwide by the Legal 500, I am an Orlando City founder and former director of the Major League Soccer club, and a trustee of the Stoke City Football Club Community Trust.


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Typical areas I deal with are:

  • Managing and advising top international sports men and women
  • Sourcing and negotiating commercial and playing contracts
  • Promotion of the client
  • Post-career planning
  • Sourcing and negotiating media contracts
  • Management contracts & recording agreements

I have recently acted for clients in relation to:

  • Negotiating a £17 million transfer in the English Premier League
  • Securing and negotiating a record sports merchandise agreement in Australasia
  • Concluded numerous contracts in the Premier League, Championship and both domestic and international cricket.


  • Senior partner of Beswicks Legal
  • Director of Beswicks Sports Ltd
  • FA Registered Intermediary
  • British Association for Sport and Law
  • Trustee of Stoke City Community Trust

What others say about me:

Beswicks Solicitors LLP has a growing international reputation in sports law. Gary Mellor advises football clubs in both the UK and the US, and also represents footballers and cricketers in transfer negotiations. Legal 500 2014

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