Mishcon de Reya today announced the appointment of Simon Leaf as the new head of its leading Sports Group.
The Sports Group, which currently comprises a core team of 16 fee-earners, supported by other experts from around the Firm, has grown from strength-to-strength in recent years both in terms of revenue and in the legal rankings (ranked Tier 2 in the Legal 500 Sport rankings for 2020).
This success is a reflection of the Sports Group's work across some of the most high-profile and complex commercial and contentious matters in the world of football, rugby, boxing, tennis and motorsport. Such matters have required specialist lawyers from the Firm's employment, immigration, corporate, insolvency and regulatory groups to come together to service the Sports Group's client base, which includes athletes, clubs, sponsors, agents and governing bodies.
Simon takes up the role having been at the firm for over three years, joining from Berwin Leighton Paisner. He has been central to securing many of these significant mandates, as well as leading the Sports Group's more recent focus towards sports technology and regulatory work.
Commenting on the announcement Simon said; "I'm delighted to take up this new role and continue to build on the strong foundations that have already been laid as evidenced by the Sports Group's recent success. I am confident in the Group's ability to thrive and look forward to continue to help our sports clients navigate these unprecedented times."
Chair of Intellectual Property Jeremy Hertzog commented; "Simon has been a key figure in the practice since joining and has led the Group on a variety of high-profile matters. Our Sports Group has gone from strength to strength in recent years and I am confident that Simon will continue to see the Group thrive."
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