Our Company

BASL is a professional association representing sports law practitioners, sports administrators and sports law.

Our Board of Directors and Team

Jason Saiban

Jason is a solicitor and partner at Charles Russell Speechlys, where he heads the Commercial Group. Jason is a commercial contracts specialist, with a particular focus on Sport, Retail and Leisure and TMT. He has significant experience in sponsorship, digital media (including advertising and marketing), merchandising, endorsements and event management....

Adrian Barr-Smith

Adrian is a Solicitor and a consultant with Dentons UKMEA LLP. He is an accredited Mediator and a member of the Judicial panel of the Football Association and of the Fitness to Practice panels of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the General Pharmaceutical Council. He acts as non-exec chair...

Ashley Blake

Ashley is Managing Partner of TSC Legal and General Counsel at The Sports Consultancy. Ashley’s work includes advising sports and major event clients in relation to a wide range of commercial and operational matters including, event bidding and hosting, event creation, sponsorship, governance and the production and exploitation of media...

Mary Guest

Mary qualified into the TMT team at Clifford Chance LLP before moving to The FA in 2008. She was Head of Legal – Commerical at The FA Group, leading the team responsible for all commercial legal work across the The FA Group, including all sponsorship and broadcast arrangements. Mary then...

Catherine Beloff

Catherine was appointed as the BHA’s Director of Legal and Governance and Company Secretary in September 2016. Catherine is responsible for all aspects of the BHA’s general legal counsel, company secretariat, corporate governance and data protection. Prior to joining the BHA, Catherine was a senior member of the DLA Piper...

Morris Bentata

Morris co-founded Level, a sports, media and entertainment law boutique in 2017. His practice focuses on the business of sport, in particular the structuring and exploitation of commercial rights programmes. Clients include national and international governing bodies, teams, agencies, broadcasters, sponsors and individual sportsmen and women. The Legal 500 describes...

Nick De Marco

Nick De Marco QC is a barrister specialising in sports law at Blackstone Chambers in London. He is ranked as one of the leading sports lawyers in the UK and the foremost practitioner in football disputes. He acts for football clubs, confederations, federations, players, and agents in commercial and regulatory disputes...

Hussein Fahmy

Hussein Fahmy is the Head of Legal and Commercial at Team Sky. Hussein started out in private practice at Herbert Smith. He moved to Sky to take up the position of Legal Counsel for their Sky Movies, Entertainment and Sky News channels advising principally on programme acquisition and output agreements...

Polly Handford

Polly was a partner in a law firm based in Mayfair before moving in-house. She has been involved in sports law for a number of years. She previously worked for the Rugby Football Union as Deputy Head of Legal dealing with a wide range of legal and governance issues spanning...

Oliver Holland

Oliver has over twelve years of experience negotiating and advising on key commercial deals within the sports industry, with a particular focus on sports media rights. Whether acquiring sports media rights from global sports organisations for Sky Sports or selling UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League media rights to...

John Mehrzad

John Mehrzad was called to the Bar (Inner Temple) in 2005, and practises from Littleton chambers in Temple, London, where he is Head of its Sports Law Group. He specialises in Employment, Commercial and Sports Law litigation. He is a Chairman of the FA Chairman’s Anti-Discrimination Panel, is a panellist...

Katie Simmonds

Katie is a member of the Executive Committee of ICSS EUROPE, headquartered in London. As Director of Sports Governance and Financial Integrity, she manages several tough leadership projects in these fields, such as the Financial Integrity and Transparency in Sport (FITS) Project, an innovative initiative aimed at providing, for the...