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Joshua Charalambous
Senior Associate

Josh is a sports, disputes and commercial lawyer advising on contentious, advisory and transactional matters. He is a senior associate and is the associate lead of the firm’s sports group.

Josh’s disputes work covers sports, IP and commercial cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, as well as private sports arbitrations and disciplinary panels.

His commercial experience includes sponsorship and partnership arrangements, sports data and content supply agreements, IP licensing and general commercial contracts.

Josh is described in directories as “a real rising star in the sports law arena”.  Josh represents clients on regulatory, governance, disciplinary and safeguarding matters across a range of sports from football and rugby to lacrosse.  Josh similarly advises a range of stakeholders and brands in esports, gaming and content, and sports betting. Josh was selected as a Sport Industry NextGen Leader for 2021.

Josh regularly contributes as an author to Entertainment Law Review and LawInSport on IP and sports related matters, and is a regular speaker at sports law events.

Having spent time on secondment to a major global insurer, Josh also advises on policy wording, coverage, defence and pursuit instructions in sports, IP and technology matters.



Directory quotes

"Josh Charalambous has a wealth of knowledge in the sports and entertainment sector and is one to watch." - The Legal 500 UK 2022 

"Josh Charalambous was brilliant. Personable in a sphere where that is not a standout – he showed real understanding of the player and what he did which brought about an immediate connection." - The Legal 500 UK 2022

"Josh Charalambous has ability beyond his years and is a very safe pair of hands to take responsibility for the detail." - The Legal 500 UK 2022

"Josh Charalambous is a standout at the junior level who has everything you want in a litigation lawyer." - The Legal 500 UK 2022

"Josh Charalambous has excellent judgement, both commercially and as to what will matter in court." - The Legal 500 UK 2022

Recommended The Legal 500 UK 2022

"Joshua Charalambous is a star lawyer in the making." - The Legal 500 UK 2021

"Josh Charalambous is very mature, the complete package." - The Legal 500 UK 2021

"Joshua Charalambous is a real rising star in the sports law arena. Very talented. Extremely conscientious and knowledgeable." - The Legal 500 UK 2021

"A future star, his all-round ability is extraordinary for his level. - TMT: Sports - The Legal 500 UK 2020


Sport Industry NextGen Leader 2021


British Association for Sport and Law

Independent Council Member, English Schools' FA (2017-2020)

Relevant work

Sports Direct:  lead associate successfully advising Sports Direct in various ongoing disputes with Rangers FC concerning football kit supply and retail arrangements (including matching rights).  

Harlequins player:  representing a Harlequins player in relation to RFU disciplinary proceedings concerning the England -v- Barbarian FC fixture cancellation, and COVID-19 rules and regulations (instructed Richard Liddell QC);

Newcastle United FC:  representing the club in relation to the industry wide investigation into agents' fees and player transfers.

BetConstruct / FeedConstruct / VBet:  a range of advisory, disputes and transactional work relating to live sports data and content distribution, matters involving White Label partners, and high-profile football sponsorship matters.

Social Media Platforms (world's biggest):  advising in relation to licensing issues concerning football broadcast content and UEFA rules regarding blackout periods.  Also supporting RPC's top ranked advertising and marketing teams in relation to sports ambush marketing and endorsement / passing off related matters for the biggest social media platforms in the world.

World famous drinks company:  advising on sports and esports related matters for a non-endemic brand in the alcoholic drinks space, including advising on new digital fantasy league products, and famous long-standing sports partnership arrangements in the UK.

Sports transactions:  sports regulatory and governance advice, and corporate support on sports media rights and financial regulatory arrangements, in relation to high-profile investments and transactions involving a world famous rugby club

Premier League / EFL club owners / directors:  providing advice to high profile football club owners and directors in relation to various external, FA, Premier League and EFL regulatory matters including D&O insurance, fit and proper person tests, shareholding restrictions, and prospective M&A deals.

Various Market Leading Insurers:  insurers and insureds in a variety of sports (including football agents' professional indemnity policies and content policies), IP and technology matters including defence, coverage, monitoring and policy wording issues.