Legal Advice

Sports law is a complex and highly specialised area

Legal Services for Sports Professionals

At Select Soccer management, we know that sports law is a complex and highly specialised area. That’s why we’ve chosen our legal partner with exceptional care. We work closely with Onside Law, a company which has won awards and received accolades for its proactive approach and encyclopaedic knowledge of the sporting sector.

Oliver Hunt, Founding Partner of Onside Law

Select’s clients benefit from our special relationship with Oliver Hunt, one of Onside Law’s founding partners. A commercial lawyer with over fifteen years’ experience, Oliver set up Onside Law in 2005 after five years with the global sports media company IMG.

This experience gives him a special insight into the requirements of both clients and other in-house counsel, enabling him to deliver the best advice in the most appropriate manner. Oliver has a distinguished legal pedigree, having trained and practised in the City of London, at the international law firm Nabarro.

Oliver’s passion for football is evident in his professional and personal life, and he is a board member at Kidderminster Harriers FC. His clients include Patrick Vieira, Alan Pardew and Southampton Football Club. He is heavily involved with law in other sports, and has represented cyclist Victoria Pendleton, and the British Olympic Association.

Most importantly, Oliver has extensive experience advising sports professionals on their commercial affairs, and recently helped golfer Rory McIlroy set up profitable endorsement contracts with Santander, Bose and Omega.

He works with Select’s clients on a wide range of sports law concerns, such as:

  • Employment and transfers
  • Sponsorship and endorsements
  • Merchandising and licensing
  • Image rights and brand management
  • Publishing
  • Marketing, promotion and advertising
  • Privacy and data protection

Other significant professional achievements include:

  • Providing commercial advice to Southampton FC through the club’s promotion to the Premier League.
  • Advising Ladbrokes on its social media and digital marketing activities.
  • Giving legal support to British Athletics concerning broadcasting contracts with Channel 4 and the BBC.