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Joshua Bennett

Joshua Bennett

Associate

I specialise in sports, esports, gaming and technology.

About

I’m not really your traditional lawyer having spent over half a decade working for a global charity that uses sports to inspire children and young people around the globe (and then working on a cruise ship!) before becoming a lawyer.

Fortunately, I have now the pleasure of working with clients throughout sports, media and entertainment, with a particular focus on helping them capitalise on the explosive growth of the esports landscape. I love the challenge of working through different issues in the sector - from player and team contracts to sponsorship deals and IP queries. And I like to think my big hair and short trousers ensure that I look the part whilst doing it!

At the end of the day, I am always looking for new ways to support people - I am involved with a number of charities and created the Sports and Esports Legal Clinic, which offers players, athletes and business in sports and esports free one-to-one sessions to answer any legal queries they may have. Finally, and some would say most importantly, I am a connoisseur of sub-standard rom coms and an avid coffee drinker.

Expertise

Our sector experience spans a wide range of sports including motor racing, where we have advised teams and drivers in Formula 1, A1 GP, World Rally, Cart, Indy Car and Moto GP, and cricket, football, golf and cycling. We have supported clients on a range of a matters including: intellectual property, sponsorship, broadcasting & web rights, fundraising, events, and regulatory issues.

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The betting and gaming sector has rapidly expanded and evolved in recent years as ‘re-regulation’, new technologies, and changing behaviour have fostered innovation and adaptation on all fronts. We’re experienced in advising clients on this rapidly evolving regulatory environment.

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Our e-business and e-commerce team is able to advise on all issues arising from the frequently changing online marketplace in a way which will help clients across a range of sectors launch, maintain and grow their brand while maximising business opportunities.

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Experienced litigation and commercial lawyers working together to advise clients on their full range of IP issues from trademarks and passing off, branding, confidential information and trade secrets through to designs rights, copyright, patents, IP audits and transactions.

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Our expert team advise on all aspects of commercial law, including commercial agency, contracts, competition, data protection and cyber security, digital business and consumer, intellectual property, outsourcing and technology.

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Our technology team covers the full range of advisory and transactional work, from day-to-day commercial advice, such as software licensing and channel arrangements, through to negotiating major systems procurement, systems integration and outsourcing transactions.

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We act across a broad swathe of corporate matters in the UK and internationally on both public and private deals.

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Experience

  • Advised Guild Esports on their investment from David Beckham and subsequent admission to London Stock Exchange’s Main Market.
  • Acted on behalf of Gareth Bale and the Elevens Group in establishing his mini-golf themed restaurant Par 59.
  • Advised racing driver Artem Markelov on his return to F2.
  • Advised Platform and Esports Insider on the creation and management of the WFH League, a corporate esports league.
  • Acted on behalf of Guild Esports in negotiating their landmark sponsorship deal with Subway.

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