Ex-professional Footballer Turned Solicitor Spearheads the Launch of Specialist Sports Law Group

Ex-professional Footballer Turned Solicitor Spearheads the Launch of Specialist Sports Law Group

Thomas Eggar LLP lawyer and ex-professional footballer Udo Onwere is a key part of the firm’s October launch of its Sports Law group. The group’s formation sees the coming together of a range of existing sports expertise across the firm under one umbrella and will provide a comprehensive service covering the needs of both the commercial sports organisation and the individual sportsperson.

After a twelve-year career as a professional footballer at several clubs including Chelsea and Fulham, Udo decided to change direction in his life and become a solicitor, making him one of fewer than ten ex-professional footballers currently in private practice. With his unique background, sporting connections (Udo is a registered FA football agent) and genuine passion and enthusiasm for sport, Udo has been an integral part of law firm Thomas Eggar LLP branching out into Sports Law, looking after the welfare of organisations/clubs and individuals in the sports sector.

The new Sports Law group fits well with the needs of the modern sports industry, where injury is no longer the only barrier to success. In the current climate, sports individuals and their organisations need to be equipped to navigate through complex environments ranging from image rights to the strategic acquisition of an organisation, which is where Thomas Eggar LLP comes in.

Transactions worked on in the last 18 months have seen the firm advise Milan Mandaric on the takeover of Leicester City Football Club and, in one of the most high profile deals on the high street, act for Sports World International Ltd on the acquisition of Field & Trek (UK) Ltd.

On the private client side, the firm advises Premiership footballers and international cricketers on personal matters such as estate planning, their families’ affairs and the expansion of their personal property portfolios.

With the ongoing debate surrounding footballers’ wages, it can sometimes be easy to forget that footballers’ earning capabilities on the pitch are limited and can end prematurely. Just like other careers, it is important that footballers think about life after football and their retirement plans. In this type of situation, Thomas Eggar LLP is able to provide advice on how to protect and plan their wealth, trusts and assets.

Thomas Eggar LLP’s Sports Law services cover ten key areas:

• Private Client
• Personal tax
• Wealth and estate planning
• Family and matrimonial
• Corporate finance
• Commercial
• Intellectual Property
• Dispute Resolution
• Employment
• Property

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