North West-based commercial law firm Brabners has been appointed to the Scottish Professional Football League’s (SPFL) new panel of external legal advisers.
The SPFL was founded in 2013 following a merger between the Scottish Premier League and the Scottish Football League. It consists of the top four levels of the league system and two cup competitions – the Scottish League Cup and the Scottish Challenge Cup. The SPFL is owned by its 42 member clubs.
The panel was created following the end of a long-term relationship between SPFL and Scotland-based Harper Mcleod LLP.
Neil Doncaster, chief executive of the SPFL said: “I would like to thank the team at Harper Macleod for their advice over the past 20 years. I am looking forward to working with a new team of legal advisers, which includes some of the best legal minds in sports law from across the UK.”
Maurice Watkins CBE, senior partner at Brabners, added: “We are delighted with the news of our appointment to the Scottish Professional Football League’s new panel of legal services providers. We are very much looking forward to working with the SPFL Board, the Executive Team and the entire organisation at this very interesting and exciting time.”
Brabners has been a leading adviser to the sports sector for more than 30 years. It has worked with some of the UK’s best-known sporting organisations during a period of historic legal developments and the widespread commercialisation that has shaped the modern era of sport.
The firm currently advises a range of sports governing bodies including British Swimming, the England and Wales Cricket Board, Basketball England and British Judo. The firm also represents a number of English Premier League, EFL Championship and lower division football clubs.
Brabners is joined on the SPFL legal panel by Fladgate LLP, gunnercooke LLP and Glasgow-based Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP and will work alongside newly appointed in-house counsel Rod Mckenzie.