Best Professional Services Firm in Sport
From small organisations, led by enthusiasts enabling amateurs to keep fit and have fun, to international organisations generating millions in revenues, haysmacintyre supports a range of sport organisations to fulfil their compliance obligations and achieve their financial objectives.
Since the launch of the National Lottery, we have helped NGBs develop from small organisations with big ideas, staffed by volunteers, to complex organisations offering elite programmes, major events and grassroots development led by professional staff and well governed Boards. As the leading advisers to NGBs, we founded the NGB Finance Special Interest Group incorporating the NGB Benchmarking Survey and Report, a free, valuable resource, and one of the few providing up- to-date, NGB-specific management data.
Our combination of experience and knowledge ensures we deliver first class advice that is constructive and practicable at a competitive price.
Our team has built up a wealth of NGB-specific knowledge on structuring of major events, sponsorship agreements, VAT recovery, employment status and governance – and have secured appropriate favourable rulings from HMRC concerning our clients’ operations.
We enjoy sport and value the benefits it delivers.
Renowned for our high profile sports projects, KSS is one of the foremost sports architecture practices in the UK. With a number of awards we have been formally recognised as a leading professional service in sport. We specialise in stadia, indoor arenas and training centres in the UK, Europe and around the world.
With over 95 members of staff in Central London and Sevenoaks Kent, we have an established reputation for bespoke, high quality design, supported with technical excellence and backed by critical commercial judgement.
Our sports team leaders have over 25 years of experience in stadium design and are proud to have worked globally in this field. Key highlights are The Amex Stadium in Brighton, Stade Océane in Le Havre, No.1 Court at Wimbledon, London 2012 Basketball Arena, Twickenham Stadium in London, National Indoor Arena in Dublin, Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa and of course Anfield Stadium for Liverpool FC.
Onside Law – Tennis
Onside Law has built an unrivalled practice in tennis acting across the spectrum from federations such as the LTA, ITF and Federation Francaise de Tennis, events, agents and many players including Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Gael Monfils, Chrissie Evert, Tim Henman and upcoming stars Alexander Zverev, Borna Coric and Donna Vekić.
We are very proud of our tennis practice. However, we are particularly proud of our role working alongside all of the governing bodies of international tennis to combat corruption in the sport, principally the Tennis Integrity Unit, a body Onside Law helped to set up, which sits beneath the four Grand Slams, ATP, WTA and ITF with the remit to defend the sporting integrity of professional tennis.
Onside Law have worked with the TIU on many prosecutions under the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme and seven in the last 12 months. On each occasion Onside Law successfully secured a conviction against the match fixer and on many occasions ensured the removal of the match fixer from the game entirely. Partner Jamie Singer acted as lead counsel before two CAS Arbitration Panels, presenting oral arguments.
Our advice goes significantly beyond simple client/lawyer relationships as we strongly believe in the importance and power of sport and in particular the importance of fighting against the evil influence of corruption in sport.
We are very proud to be part of a team all dedicated to protecting sporting values and fair competition.
PKF Francis Clark
PKF Francis Clark is a full service chartered accountancy and business advisory practice with 8 offices across the South & South West of England.
Its Professional Sports service team has a longstanding but still growing reputation for supporting professional sports people and elite athletes with clear, practical and value-for-money accountancy, taxation and business advice that meets all their regulatory compliance needs, helps them plan their financial future, protects their wealth and provides them with the peace of mind which allows them to focus on their sport.
We advise individual sports persons as well as coaches, trainers, managers and clubs dealing with Lottery funded sports (e.g. sailing where we advise almost all the GB Olympic Squad) and with professional team sports including football, rugby, athletics, cricket, golf, horse racing and equestrian.
We have a dedicated client-facing team who are supported by a considerable in-house resource of award-winning tax experts as well as specialists in VAT, financial planning, business advisory, international tax, tax investigations and property issues.
Clients include Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing, Sir Ben Ainslie, British Cycling’s performance director Stephen Park OBE and Exeter Chiefs England Rugby Union international, Jack Nowell.
Shakespeare Martineau LLP
Shakespeare Martineau is a top 50 UK law firm. In October 2015 we were appointed as the first legal partner for Commonwealth Games.
Our team of dedicated sports specialist lawyers distinguish themselves by focusing on sport sector issues. Whether suppliers of products &/or services in the sector, sporting governing bodies or high profile sports individuals we have the breadth and depth that makes us the go-to choice for sporting organisations.
For us this is more than law –to bring the spirit of this to life for our people who are at the very heart of our business, we wanted to bring the parallels of sport into the lives of everyone. We’ve chosen to do this through firm wide health and wellness programme to rival all others – Walk to the Gold Coast. The programme dovetails with our partnership in the lead up to the 2018 Games. It’s combined with support from, Alex Danson as firm ambassador and performance director for Team England at the 2014 Games, Greg White as Programme director.
Our people have been offered Fitbit activity trackers with the aim of completing several challenge. Designed to promote healthy activity it supports our commitment to a positive, team work ethic.
Sportscover Europe Limited
Sportscover is a specialist sports and leisure insurer which provides insurance, risk management and other sports services to sports organisations in over 20 countries around the World. Sportscover Europe is the European arm of the group and is a well-known and respected brand in the UK sporting landscape.
Our passion is for sport. Many of our management team and staff have either played sport at a senior level or been involved as coaches or volunteers and therefore know the issues and risks that sports organisations have to deal with.
It is through our close relationship with various sports organisations around the world that we identified that there are many services that are either difficult to obtain or not available to sports organisations and we set out to provide them. We have been providing a range of specialist insurance products and risk management advice to sport for over 30 years but now also provide a range of other important services to sport including live streaming of sporting events, information and educational services, marketing advice and assistance and sponsorship support.
In short, we take a holistic approach to the needs of sport and will continue to enhance our services to sport to meet the needs of our clients.
Jockey Club Services
Jockey Club Services (JCS), a division of The Jockey Club, has built a world class platform of services which is now offered to the professional sports market. JCS’ clients have experienced marked improvements in the performance of their clubs and savings across many facets of their businesses allowing profits to be re-invested back into their sport.
With expertise in Procurement, Ticketing, Finance & Accounting, Payroll, Public Wi-fi, and IT Services, Live Music and Catering, JCS has provided procurement services to 12 Football League clubs and five county cricket teams, ticketing to three county cricket teams, the Badminton Horse Trials, live music to The Ageas Bowl and has created the Rewards4Cricket Loyalty programme being run by Hampshire, Glamorgan and Durham County Cricket Clubs. JCS has also expanded finance and accounting services partnering with Table Tennis England and England Squash, with others in the pipeline.
The significant economies of scale which JCS is passing on to other professional sports organisations will only increase as new partners come on board.
The Sports Consultancy
Formed in 2006 by two former professional athletes turned sports lawyers, Robert Datnow and Angus Buchanan set out to fill a gap in the market – to bring the standards, integrity and data-led insight of professional services to the world of sport.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary in November 2016, London-based The Sports Consultancy now employs over 30 consultants, lawyers and rights marketeers serving over 80 clients on 5 continents.
We offer consulting, commercial and legal expertise that interlock to create smart commercial solutions in sport. Our team includes proven commercial negotiators, best-in-class consultants and leading sports lawyers drawn from the sports and professional services sectors.
Our services are offered through 5 integrated teams:
1. Consulting – delivering data-led, insight driven commercial solutions to rights holders, host cities and major events, spanning:
Major event bid management
Host city and promoter procurement management
New event and asset creation
Host city event strategy and calendar planning
Event procurement and negotiation
2. Legal – through our industry leading sports law specialists, we partner to deliver:
Event bidding and hosting legal services
Sponsorship, endorsement and commercial partnerships advisory
Media rights negotiation and protection
Governance and regulatory design
Brand protection and intellectual property advisory
3. Major Events & Venues – our leading team of feasibility specialists support major event hosts and venue operators to deliver innovative, evidence based solutions. Our services include:
Mega and major event feasibility
Venue and major event strategic business planning
Venue operator procurement
Major event economic impact assessment
Major event operational planning
Major event and venue legacy planning & implementation
4. Rights Marketing – leveraging experience of delivering rights programmes for mega events and international rights holders, we deliver:
Rights packaging and valuation consultancy
Value proposition development
Marketing strategy design
Rights marketing sales and servicing
5. Brand Consulting – building on our deep experience of partnering with brands to activate their sport and event properties, we deliver to our clients:
Partnership strategy consultancy
‘Brand-owned’ event design
Partnership procurement management