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Tom Edwards

Tom Edwards

Associate

Tom is a specialist in commercial contracts with a particular focus on the sports sector.

About

My life revolves around sport (playing, watching, reading about…) so I was extremely fortunate to end up working in the industry. Whilst training at Fladgate, I quickly found that I have an equal love for the agile and enterprising nature of contract law and IP law.

Sports is an ever-evolving industry and it is fantastic to be advising clients who are the very forefront of these evolutions. As a lawyer there is a real need to not only take a genuine interest in the world of sport (which comes very easily to me!), but also to be adaptable to both the changing environment in which our clients operate and the pace at which the industry moves.

I have experience in commercial contracts (including sponsorship deals, transfer deals and player contracts, event agreements, distribution agreements and financing deals), IP, brand protection, anti-ambush marketing, and the data protection side of things.

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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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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Commercial lawyers advising on all aspects of contractual work, from drafting to negotiation, supporting our clients’ day-to-day operations and tackling complex projects.

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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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A team able to advise clients on the fast-paced and changing world of data protection and cyber security, guiding them through the relevant legislation and ensuring full compliance and protection across the industry sectors.

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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

  • Advising Major League Baseball on their London Series.
  • Advised a number of leading equity funds in over £500m worth of football financing deals.
  • Acted for a racing driver in his contract with the Mercedes Formula One team and related management contract.
  • Acted for Guild Esports on a range of contractual matters, including player contracts, data protection terms and policies, and commercial terms and conditions.

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