SFX Sports Group signs up Couchmans as sole adviser

Leading sports agent SFX Sports Group Europe has appointed Couchman Harrington Associates as the company’s sole legal adviser.

Couchmans won the work through a competitive tender against three niche sports law firms, and will handle a variety of legal issues for the group’s non-contentious legal requirements.

SFX is part of global advertising and entertainment giant Clear Channel. Clear Channel has a small in-house legal team, and outsources various aspects of its work to Hammonds, Lewis Silkin, Schillings, SK Sport & Entertainment and Slaughter and May.

SFX has a range of prestigious sports and media personalities on its books, including footballers Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen and Alan Shearer and rugby internationals Jonny Wilkinson, Martin Johnson and Lawrence Dallaglio.

Couchmans adds SFX to a client book that boasts Nike, the International Rugby Board and the Rugby World Cup, among others.

SFX chief operating officer Sam Rush said: “We need lawyers who are not just technically good, but really understand the nuances of our business. Couchman Harrington fits the bill perfectly.”