David Hinchliffe, head of the sports group at Walker Morris, has been named Sports Lawyer of the Year at Finance Monthly’s Law Awards.
Hinchliffe has particular expertise in football club finance. In particular, he has developed specialist expertise advising on the acquisitions and disposals of football clubs and has been the lead adviser on a number of sales and purchases of football clubs, including Leeds United, Portsmouth, Watford and AFC Bournemouth.
He has also worked on the vast majority of football administrations and restructurings of football clubs that have taken place, including Portsmouth, Crystal Palace, Leeds United, Bradford City, Huddersfield Town, Luton Town and York City.
Most recently, Hinchliffe has been the lead partner in two recent Court of Appeal victories involving Crystal Palace and Portsmouth respectively.