Wright Hassall launches sports management business

Midlands firm Wright Hassall has launched a sports management arm for professional athletes and snared an Aston Villa player as its first client.

The Leamington Spa-based firm has set up Wright Sports Management, which will use the firm’s own lawyers and consultants but will operate as a separate business. It will be fully owned by Wright Hassall.

19-year-old Aston Villa midfielder Courtney Cameron has signed up as the management business’ first client. Cameron joined the Birmingham club from Northampton Town in 2009 for £35,000.

The firm said the management arm would remove the middle man and bring the entire service to professional athletes in-house.

The three-man team will consist of Wright Hassall senior partner and real estate lawyer Nick Abell, disputes partner Stuart Cutting and litigation solicitor Nathan Talbott – a former Wolverhampton Wanderers professional.

Talbott said: “The wheels were set in motion early last year and Wright Sports Management is the result. We have since been liaising with ex-professional footballers and other people within sport to gain an insight into the business side of it all.

“It’s a complete management service on a transparent basis and this year we’ll be looking to increase the size of the business.”