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Joshua Charalambous
Associate

Josh is a commercial, disputes and sports lawyer who supports clients on contentious and non-contentious issues involving sports, retail, IP, technology and insurance matters.

Josh's contentious experience includes High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court claims as well as mediation, arbitration and other forms of ADR. On the non-contentious side, Josh advises clients on sponsorship/endorsement arrangements, brand protection, licensing, and commercial contracts.

Josh's sports law practice includes acting on commercial and regulatory disputes, disciplinary and governance issues.

He has authored a number of articles for LawInSport and Sweet & Maxwell's Entertainment Law Review on legal issues in sport and IP.

Josh also advises on coverage, monitoring, defence, pursuit and policy wordings in IP, sports and technology insurance matters and has spent time on secondment to the claims team of a major global insurer.

Directory quotes.

"A future star" - TMT: Sports - Legal 500 2020

"his all-round ability is extraordinary for his level" – TMT: Sports - Legal 500, 2020

Memberships

LawInSport

British Association for Sport and Law

Independent Council Member, English Schools' FA

Relevant work

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

Sports Direct:  successfully advising Sports Direct in various disputes with Rangers FC during 2018/2019 concerning football kit supply and retail arrangements (including matching rights).  

BetConstruct:  a range of advisory, disputes and transactional work relating to live sports data and content distribution, matters involving White Label partners including Premier League and EFL 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 ambush marketing and endorsement / passing off related matters for the biggest social media platforms in the world.

VBet:  advising and negotiating VBet's high profile flagship partnership agreement with Arsenal FC.

Eponymous luxury fashion brand:  supporting in relation to contentious company law and Companies House matters and JV related contractual issues involving some of the most famous names in fashion.

Everlast / Lonsdale / Slazenger:  various online trade mark enforcement matters involving these well-established sports manufacturers including via UDRP claims.

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.

FeedConstruct:  supporting this innovative sports betting technology provider in relation to its suite of agreements and dispute escalation documents concerning its live sports data and content licensing models.

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.