UCFB is delighted to partner with Mackrell Solicitors in delivering regular sessions of the Sports Law Clinic to students at its London and Manchester campuses.

Based in central London, Mackrell have been established for over 175 years and have a global network of lawyers, as well as a number of national legal awards to their name.

The Sports Law Clinic involves a solicitor providing pro bono legal advice to both UCFB staff and students regarding any sport related issue, and acts as an excellent accompaniment to the academic portfolio of BA (Hons) Sports Business & Sports Law students in particular. Student coordinators from UCFB help run the clinic, observe sessions and discuss cases with the visiting solicitor. 

Dr. Alexander Chrysanthou, UCFB programme leader, said: “At UCFB we pride ourselves on the amount of extra-curricular and employability opportunities that we host for our students, and the Sports Law Clinic very much fits into that sort of mould.

“It provides those studying or interested in sports business or law with exclusive access to a specialist sports lawyer, which could ultimately help new business opportunities to develop from UCFB. Student coordinators have not only been observing the clinic, but have been actively learning how legal advice is offered by an expert in a professional manner. Our visiting lawyer, who is Head of Sports and Entertainment at his renowned law firm, not only has our students shadowing the sessions but also discusses the cases with the student coordinators after the clients have left. This provides students with a unique insight into working as a sports lawyer.

“We hope the Sports Law Clinic will develop with each session, and student coordinators are being encouraged to regard the Clinic as a pseudo-business. In this regard, they are being asked to actively consider how each session can be improved and run more professionally. Although priority will be given to UCFB students and staff, the next stage of the Clinic will be to expand it to include visiting sporting professionals who require pro bono legal advice. This should provide even further enrichment for the student coordinators”.