Former Brabners lawyers launch sports and media firm

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Nine former Brabners lawyers are part of a team that has launched a new sport and media law firm in Manchester.

Centrefield LLP has been founded by partners Edward Canty, David Bentham and Matthew Bennett.

Nine lawyers from the firm's 10-strong team left North West based law firm, Brabners LLP, to form Centrefield.

Bennett said: “Centrefield marks a significant development in our industry. We act for clients across a wide range of sports and they all operate within a highly specialised environment; we believe that a more industry-focused and specialised firm is much more closely aligned to their interests.

"Our goal is to create the leading sport and media practice with the greatest industry knowledge and the best possible client service.”

Centrefield says it already has a "wide range of clients" including governing bodies, national associations, leagues, clubs, player associations, individuals, agents, sponsors and businesses operating in sport and media.

It was recently involved in transfers, loans, contract re-negotiations and image rights arrangements for clubs and players from the Premier League, the Football League and Major League Soccer.

Aside from the founders, the new team includes senior associate Stuart Baird and associates Sarah Athi, Deirdre McCarthy, Oliver Sadler, Andrew Gartside, Jennifer Norris, Kate Findlow and team administrator, Janet Yates.

Pictured above (l to r): Matthew Bennett, David Bentham and Edward Canty