Specialist sports and media law firm set up

Mark Brandwood, Brabners
Mark Brandwood, Brabners
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Commercial law firm Brabners LLP has entered into a collaboration agreement with a new law firm formed out of its established sports practice.

The deal will see the two firms work closely to provide complementary legal services.

The agreement will see three Partners exit Brabners to form a specialist sports and media law firm, Centrefield LLP based in Manchester.

Brabners’ established sports practice, led by Maurice Watkins CBE and Jason Smith will continue to provide a broad range of legal services to national and international clients, across the sports industry.

Centrefield LLP has been established by Matthew Bennett, David Bentham and Edward Canty, together with a team of seven solicitors and associates.

The two firms will work closely to serve clients.

Mark Brandwood, Managing Partner of Brabners LLP, said: “Placing a clear focus on core commercial services, across key sectors, continues to deliver growth for Brabners and this remains our long term strategy.

“This agreement will enable Matthew, David, Edward and their team to focus on sports and media law, and for our two firms to work together on a mutually beneficial basis.”

Mark added: “Sport remains an important sector for the firm and in Maurice Watkins CBE and Jason Smith we have two of the most renowned sports lawyers in the country.”

Brabners employs 347 people, including 62 partners, across three offices in Manchester, Liverpool and Preston.

In its most recent financial results (April 2014) the firm saw fee income rise to £30.2m (2013: £28.9m).