Hammonds star puts trio of football deals in the net

Hammonds has won a hat trick of contract deals for football clubs, including advising Manchester City on the sacking of manager Sven-Goran Eriksson.

Corporate partner David Hull has worked on three deals since the season ended. He also acted for Manchester City on the hire of new executive chairman Garry Cook, who was formerly a director at Nike. Teacher Stern partner Graham Shear acted for Cook during the negotiations.

Hull’s relationship with Manchester City began last year. He was part of the Hammonds team advising UK Sports Investments on its £81.6m takeover of the club in June 2007, backed by former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

To complete his hat trick, Hull advised Leicester City on the termination of manager Ian Holloway’s contract after seven months, following the club’s relegation to League One for the first time in its history. Holloway was represented by Howard Kennedy litigation head Craig Emden.