John joined Muckle in 2011 as a Partner in the Commercial Team, specialising in the sports sector. It was a move which Legal 500 described as a ‘top-class new addition to Muckle LLP’s Commercial and IP Team.’
Having practiced as a commercial solicitor since qualification, John has, as you might expect, a great deal of experience in commercial contract preparation and negotiation, company law matters, agency and distribution, sale and supply of goods and services, collaboration agreements and other forms of joint venture.
He also has wide experience in commercial work specific to the sports sector, such as the commercial exploitation of image rights, sponsorship and endorsement contracts, broadcasting and licensing, event management. A good example of his work in this sector being the advise he has provided to professional clubs on stadium concert contracts at some of the best-known sports grounds in the UK.
On the subject of sports grounds, John has, at the last count, visited 61 of the 92 grounds in the football league – although not always to see a game. His favourite ground, other than St. James’ Park, of course, is Fulham’s Craven Cottage, as it has, he says, ‘a lot of character and is pretty unique.’