Sports group scores a hit with lawyers

A FIRM of Scandinavian lawyers is among more than 40 practices interested in joining a new network for sports law practitioners.

Ole Borch, of Berning Schluter Hald, contacted the organiser after reading about the embryonic group in The Lawyer.

Borch, whose firm has offices in Stockholm, Oslo and Helsinki, chairs a government committee set up to examine contracts for professional footballers in Scandinavia.

He wrote to William King, partner at Grimsby firm Beetenson & Gibbon, after reading about his plans to form an association of sports lawyers.

King, who acts for First Division football club Grimsby Town, believes there is a need for a group which can exchange ideas, contacts and work.

Other firms interested in the project include Russell Jones & Walker, Harbottle & Lewis and Hammond Suddards.

King said: “There are a large number of firms out there who feel they are not being serviced. They want something practitioner-orientated to push things forward.”

He now plans to circulate a list of interested firms later this month, and hopes to hold preliminary meetings with prospective members in December or January.

City firm SJ Berwin & Co held a forum to brief commercial football managers on the implications of the preliminary judgment in the Bosman case on player transfer systems.