Tim Bailey Sports Law Solicitor

I am a commercial solicitor with a passion for sport.

As a member of the Beswicks Sports team, I advise professional clubs, athletes and corporate bodies on sports-related contractual, regulatory and commercial issues predominantly in the world of football and cricket bringing a focused understanding of the business of sport to those I deal with.

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Typical areas I deal with are:

  • International player transfers
  • Sports sponsorship and promotion
  • Media and sports IP rights
  • Image rights
  • Sports regulatory matters
  • Professional athletes’ employment and commercial contracts
  • Match and event organisation
  • Immigration to UK for sports professionals
  • Athlete management
  • Affiliation and partnership of USL franchise holders with UK and International clubs
  • 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 contract
  • Advising Premier League club on various regulatory issues, including the drafting of standard player contract provisions
  • Representing a Premier League club in a successful GBE appeal for a US player
  • 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
  • Exclusive overseas representation of US based United Soccer Leagues
  • Advising Super League rugby club on image rights issues
  • Setting up corporate structure and commercial agreements for development of football academies in Senegal and Ghana
  • Incorporation of sports based charity to provide aid to African nations
  • Representing leading young GB Olympic sprinters in commercial activities


  • FIFA licensed match agent
  • Guest lecturer with GIS UCFB, Wembley and Etihad Campuses
  • Regular sports law webinar and learn live contributor for MBL Seminars
  • Author of numerous sports law articles for publications such as FC Business
  • Member of the British Association for Sport and the Law


What others say about me:

Listed in the Legal 500’s elite leading lawyers list for sports law. The leading lawyers list is a guide to outstanding lawyers nationwide. Legal 500 2017

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

“Tim Bailey is “knowledgeable and reliable”. Legal 500 2012

“…….. and Tim Bailey are “very approachable, honest, trustworthy and highly qualified”. Legal 500 2011

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