Meet the team

The Inside Sports Law editorial team consists of a series of co-editors from across the business. Alex Wills, Sophie Lees, Matt Buckle, Nandini Rao, Sa’ood Lahri and Andrew Keightley-Smith and Andrew Jackson are all part of the Norton Rose Fulbright sports practice, which is led by Stephen Rigby.

The editorial team is supported by a number of regular contributors who all have experience in the sports sector.

London

Stephen Rigby

Stephen Rigby is a corporate M&A partner specialising in the infrastructure sector, and is head of the Norton Rose Fulbright sports practice. He has significant experience in soccer, in particular M&A and regulatory issues, and has worked on a number of high profile matters in recent years, including deals in the English Premier League.

Alex Wills

Alex Wills is a corporate lawyer based in London and he has been involved in a wide variety of general corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, general corporate matters and joint ventures across a number of jurisdictions.

Alex is also part of our sports law practice in the UK and has particular experience in the UK football sector.

Matthew Buckle

Matthew Buckle is a disputes lawyer based in London. He specialises in commercial and investment arbitration and has advised a wide variety of clients to resolve disputes arising under various agreements, licences and treaties.

Matthew is a member of our sports law practice in the UK and has broad experience in litigations and arbitrations involving sports stars, sports teams and their suppliers, sponsors and governing bodies.

 

New York

Nandini Rao

Nandini Rao is a lawyer in New York who focuses her practice on employment and labor counseling and dispute resolution.  She regularly represents clients with a broad range of employment matters, including discrimination and harassment claims, compliance with employment regulations, and global mobility issues. She also has experience in the sports sector providing employment counseling to a major sports car manufacturer.

 

Toronto

Hugo Margoc

Hugo Margoc is a corporate lawyer based in Toronto with a focus on restructuring and insolvency, public and private mergers & acquisitions, as well as corporate commercial work surrounding technology and innovation.

Hugo is also part of our sports law practice in Canada and, as a former competitive hockey player, he has particular interest in the growth of ice hockey around the world.

 

Sydney

Andrew Jackson

Andrew is a commercial lawyer based in Sydney. His practice focuses on commercial transactions, consumer law, regulatory advice, privacy and technology law. Andrew has experience advising multinational and government clients on all forms of commercial and technology transactions with a particular focus on projects which involve complex contractual structures and arrangements. 

As part of our sports law practice in Australia, Andrew has experience in advising sporting entities and an understanding of the commercial drivers of sporting clubs, governing bodies and broadcasters.

Sophie Lees

Sophie is an intellectual property and technology lawyer based in Sydney.  Sophie regularly advises on the intellectual property aspects of corporate and financing transactions, commercial arrangements involving intellectual property (including sponsorship, franchises, licensing arrangements and technology development agreements) and complex commercial contracts.  Sophie is part of our sports law practice in Australia and has particular experience in sponsorship and licensing.

 

Johannesburg

Sa'ood Lahri

Sa’ood Lahri is a commercial litigation lawyer based in Johannesburg.  He is an associate in the corporate and commercial litigation team and areas of focus include corporate and banking disputes, financial and asset recovery, investigations, insolvency litigation, mining litigation and constitutional and administrative law.

Andrew Keightley-Smith

Andrew Keightley-Smith is a lawyer in the corporate and commercial litigation team in Johannesburg.  His areas of focus include risk advisory, business ethics and anti-corruption, and legal investigations.  Andrew is also experienced in competition law and anti-trust related matters and has been involved in multiple dawn raids carried out by South African regulators.