Biography

Neil is Head of Sports and Events at Al Tamimi & Company, based in our Dubai Office. Neil has over 10 years’ experience advising on sports, events and general commercial matters, with the majority of his time being spent as Vice President, Legal at Liverpool Football Club, where he led the commercial in-house legal team.

Neil has worked on an array of sporting and event matters including, high profile sponsorship deals, kit supply deals, international tours/events, concerts, venue hires, soccer schools, ticketing, hospitality, retail, licensing, ambassador and player endorsement deals, player and manager image rights, liaising with sports governing bodies, broadcasting, commission agreements; and contractual disputes.

Neil’s particular strength is his ability to balance client commercial requirements alongside risk protection. Having led a team of lawyers at one of the biggest football clubs in the world Neil understands the importance of navigating the many legal challenges that the sporting world can often present.

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Recent Experience

  • Advising and leading a COVID-19 task force at Liverpool Football Club to tackle the unprecedented disruption caused by the pandemic, protecting fans, staff, sponsors and overseeing the return of live events in a safe and secure manner.
  • Advising on several high-profile High Court disputes, most notably succeeding in a well-publicised case between Liverpool Football Club and New Balance which resulted in Liverpool Football Club protecting its ability to enter into a multi-year kit supply deal with a new major apparel manufacturer.
  • Advising on a multi-million pound front of shirt sponsorship agreement with a financial institution.
  • Advising on the first of its kind (within the Premier League) shirt sleeve sponsorship deal.
  • Advising on the naming rights to a new state of the art training centre.
  • Advising on alternative international and local sporting events and music concerts within sports stadia.
  • Advising on a self-organised pre-season tour throughout the United States and Asia.
  • Advising on the creation of the first of its kind Supporter’s Board to be affiliated within a football club.
  • Contributing to the media rights landscape for live Premier League matches across world football.
  • Advising on the co-operation with and participation in the Premier League’s first e-sports tournament.

Language(s)

  • English

Education

2007 – LLB Law (Hons), Lancaster University
2008 – Post Graduate Diploma in Law – Legal Practice Course. College of Law, Chester

Admission

2010 – England & Wales, Solicitor

Practice(s)