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Level to sponsor Living Room Law event

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Life at Level: Halina Wielogorska

Since giving up a City law firm job for unpaid work as an intern, Halina Wielogorska has followed her passion for music throughout her career – all the way to joining Level last year. What gets you up in the morning? Quite often it’s my daughter! But if not, I’ve usually got an exciting day […]

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Life at Level: Rowena Samarasinhe

Rowena Samarasinhe From in-house to in control of her career, we asked Rowena to tell us a bit more about her journey from GC to Level and how she makes the Level model work for her. What gets you up in the morning? The fact that I love what I do. I’ve always been driven […]

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Inside Information: Lessons from the Trippier and Sturridge Cases

This blog post is an abridged summary of a more in-depth article, available on Law in Sport here: https://www.lawinsport.com/topics/item/betting-on-inside-information-in-football-lessons-from-the-trippier-and-sturridge-cases The offences under the FA Rules The recent cases of The FA v. Kieran Trippier and The FA v. Daniel Sturridge have highlighted what is likely to become a growing issue for players and other Participants […]

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Action without consequences: do football’s authorities have the power to sanction players breaching lockdown?

When Boris Johnson announced the introduction of Tier 4 restrictions in London and the South East less than a week before Christmas, long term holiday plans were thrown into chaos.  With household mixing banned indoors, many people spent Christmas 2020 alone, rather than eating, drinking and relaxing with loved ones.  It is unsurprising, therefore, that news of professional footballers breaching those restrictions has triggered a flurry of negative press and touched a […]

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In review: World Rugby governance review findings

In June 2020, World Rugby launched an independent-led working group, chaired by British Olympic Association chairman Sir Hugh Robertson, with the objective of enhancing the fairness and effectiveness of World Rugby’s governance structures.  On 7 January 2021, the working group released its interim recommendations, which are: the establishment of an ethics and conduct charter for […]

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A great start to 2021 as two more lawyers choose Level

This week, Level announces two more specialist lawyers have joined the team – a strong start to the new year. The latest duo joining the firm take the number of new senior lawyers choosing Level to six in the past six months alone. Experienced litigation lawyer Alastair Campbell joins Level from magic circle firm Allen […]

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Mental health doesn’t discriminate: Jesy Nelson’s departure shows the strain that artists can face

It doesn’t feel that long since Jesy Nelson and the rest of those who would become Little Mix were wide-eyed hopefuls on the X Factor – just four more wannabe superstars subjecting themselves week after week to brutal feedback as they chased their dreams. Jesy – along with Jade, Leigh-Anne and Perrie – saw their […]

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One to watch: Gambling advertising and sponsorship in sport

It is unfortunate timing for sports who are already struggling with the effects of the pandemic but we’ve been here before. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has launched a review of UK gambling laws, in particular considering the All Party Parliamentary Gambling Related Harm Group report which proposed eradicating betting sponsorships in sport […]

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Level welcomes specialist commercial lawyer Natalie Kadas

Level are delighted to announce that highly experienced commercial lawyer Natalie Kadas has joined the firm. Natalie brings 10 years’ experience acting on non-contentious matters for clients across the media, technology and energy sectors. Building upon a legal background in energy, infrastructure, project and asset finance, her specialisms now include advising on the protection of […]

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Level welcomes IP specialist lawyer Alec Cameron

Today is another exciting day in Level’s growth and development as we welcome a further senior lawyer to our team. Alec Cameron becomes the newest member of the Level team, bringing extensive commercial and intellectual property (IP) law experience acting for media, entertainment and technology companies in private practice and in-house roles. In a career […]

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Changes Proposed to the Regulation of Gambling Advertisements

The Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) has announced a public consultation to strengthen the rules and guidance for gambling advertisements to protect children, young people (under 18s) and vulnerable adults.  It could lead to significant changes to the tone and content of advertising and marketing practices in the UK, and limit commercial opportunities for celebrities and […]

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UEFA granted blocking injunction in Ireland

The latest injunction granted to UEFA to block illegal streaming of live football shows a growing determination by rights holders and internet service providers alike to tackle the issue.

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(Transfer) Window shopping

Reflections on one of the busiest transfer windows ever seen at Level, despite the predictions for a quiet year. The popular view was that the 2020 summer transfer window would be quieter than normal. Covid-19 was predicted to curtail the spending of the 20 Premier League clubs and many thought that the usual round of […]

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The new normal: five ways legal careers may change in light of lockdown.

It’s fair to say Covid-19 could prove to be the sunset on working life in law as we knew it as a new, exciting dawn emerges. So, alongside the normalising of remote working, how else might legal careers change in a post-Coronavirus world?

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Level ranked again in Legal 500 2021 edition

Level has retained its tier 2 position among the country’s highest-ranking sports law specialists in the 2021 edition of The Legal 500.  Level is the only platform-based firm of its kind to be recommended for sports law. Morris Bentata has once again been included in the Hall of Fame, whilst Dan Lowen has been recognised […]

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Level appoints new Head of Growth to lead expansion plans

We are delighted to welcome Amy Sullivan as the new Head of Growth at LEVEL.

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Leading Music lawyer Halina Wielogorska joins Level

Halina Wielogorska, an experienced music lawyer with extensive in-house and private practice experience in the music, content creation and start-up worlds, has joined Level. Halina joins Level from Clintons where she spent five years building a hugely successful practice focusing primarily on talent representation in the music industry. Prior to Clintons, Halina worked in-house at […]

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Level welcomes Legal 500 ‘Rising Star’ Film and TV lawyer Jennifer Parker

Film and TV specialist Jennifer Parker has joined Level, the platform for media, entertainment, sport and tech lawyers. Jenny is one of two senior media and entertainment lawyers to have joined Level in the first half of this year. She joins from Clintons where she spent four years developing a highly successful practice focused on […]

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FIFA’s ‘guiding principles’ for national associations during the COVID-19 crisis

A FIFA Working Group is reportedly considering whether, in response to COVID-19, the FIFA Regs on the Status and Transfer of Players should be amended.  A number of “guiding principles” for national FAs and stakeholders have been mooted, with the current situation viewed as a force majeure issue for FIFA / football.  It’s important to […]

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Coronavirus, Force Majeure and Frustration

The unprecedented events of the last 7 days, caused by the spread of COVID-19, have led to nearly all elite level sport being cancelled for at least the next two weeks with no Premiership football, Formula One, Six Nations rugby, NBA or PGA golf going ahead. In the world of professional sport, contracts are king. […]

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BASL Conference 2020

The 27th Annual BASL (British Association for Sport and Law) conference is being held at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on 27th February 2020. Panel members will participate in topical discussions including Disrupting Sport, Piracy and Media, and Balancing Human Rights in Sport.  Speakers include: Alice Wonnacott, Head of Commercial Affairs, TEAM Stephen Ridgway, Vice President and Head of Legal, […]

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Swimming in Hot Water: FINA Loses First Round in US Competition Law Complaint Filed by Organiser of ‘Unofficial’ League

Dan Harrington, Level, and Eric Solomon, Harvard Law School Context and Background:  This case concerned a US competition law complaint filed against FINA by a class of plaintiffs, including world renowned swimmers and the promoter of a privately-run event, the International Swimming League, Ltd (ISL) in the United States District Court, Northern District of California.  FINA is the […]

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Hand of God Slaps Wrist of D&G: Maradona Wins Image Rights Case in Italy

Diego Maradona has prevailed in his court action against Dolce & Gabbana, following the high-end fashion house’s use of the football legend’s name on t-shirts modelled at a show in Milan last year, which were based on the iconic Napoli kit worn by Maradona in the 1980s.  Despite the fact that the t-shirts were never […]

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Level welcomes its first senior hire of 2020

We are absolutely delighted to welcome our first senior hire of 2020, Raj Pahuja. Raj is a highly experienced corporate and commercial lawyer who specialises in the sports and major event sectors. 

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The Ghost in the Machine: WIPO Consults on AI, Deep Fakes and IP Policy

On 12 December 2019, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) launched a public consultation on intellectual property and AI.  The full consultation document can be downloaded here.  Interested parties are invited to submit their comments to ai2ip@wipo.int by February 14, 2020. Among the many questions upon which WIPO is inviting responses, some of the most interesting relate to […]

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Cross-Border Portability of Sports and Entertainment Media Content After Brexit.

Key Finding:  Rights owners, broadcasters and operators of digital content services will need to consider adjusting their standard acquisition and/or licensing agreements following Brexit. Background:  The EU Portability Regulation is a fairly recent addition to copyright law in the EU, and allows consumers across the EEA to access online content services to which they subscribe (such as Sky Go […]

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LawTech Delivery Panel Delivers Legal Statement on the Status of Cryptoassets and Smart Contracts

Practitioners, companies and investors in cryptoassets and smart contracts will welcome the findings of a leading group of jurists from the UK Jurisdiction Taskforce of the Law Society’s Lawtech Delivery Panel.  Following a recent consultation, they have delivered a statement on the legal status of cryptoassets (including cryto-currencies) and smart contracts. The taskforce considered the […]

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New Balance v Liverpool Football Club

On Friday, the High Court handed down its judgment in the case of New Balance Athletics, Inc v Liverpool Football Club and Athletic Grounds Limited [2019] EWHC 2837 (Comm) (judgment attached) a case that concerned the matching right clause in New Balance’s (“NB”) existing kit sponsorship agreement with LFC. Facts NB are the current kit suppliers of LFC. […]

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Leading media lawyer joins the Level team

We are happy to announce another new hire.

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Level has moved

A new home to fit our growing team. We’re delighted to announce that we have moved to Shelton Street in the middle of London’s Covent Garden. We look forward to welcoming you to our new offices in due course.

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Seasoned litigator joins Level

Specialist media, entertainment and sports law firm Level announced the arrival of Tim Lowles this week, the second senior hire of 2019.

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GC Powerlist player joins the world of new law

Rowena Samarasinhe, recognised in the 2018 Legal 500 General Counsel Powerlist detailing the most influential and innovative in-house lawyers in the world, has joined fast-growing media, entertainment and sports firm, Level.

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