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Transfer spending by English football clubs this summer has exceeded £500m, according to recent analysis by Deloitte. This figure confirms the ever-increasing value and complexity of football transactions. So it is no surprise that the involvement of solicitors and barristers in the business of professional football shows no sign of abating. This has been further […]

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