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Professional Sports Services

Why use Wollens Professional Sports Services?

Our sports department has experience in dealing with sports men  and women in need of legal advice across a wide range of matters. Our experts have sports sector knowledge and understand the complexities of the profession and so can be mindful of this when dealing with your matter.

We can advise sporting professionals on a range of legal needs including:

  • Conveyancing
  • Financial matters
  • Wills and probate
  • Commercial advice if you have other business interests
  • Family law matters
  • Litigation
  • Wealth management

We have substantial teams which enable us to offer specialist services. In recent years we’ve grown into one of the largest solicitors in the South West, with exceptional specialists across private client matters as well as company and commercial law. Our lawyers specialise in their area and are supported by support staff and partners who also specialise – which means that we can offer great strength and depth when it comes to your matter. We will find the right specialist for you and ensure that we can have a relationship that offers guidance and support.

Helping our team to understand current sporting challenges is Marco Floreale, a solicitor with a difference. Marco is a qualified lawyer – but he is also a Football Association Registered Intermediary. His passion Is working in the world of sport, especially football, and his focus is on helping people in the sports sector with everything you would expect from an agent.

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Working with the  specialists at Wollens –  Marco can offer a lot, lot more whether the you are an established star or a younger player tipped for potential stardom. Marco can deal with contract negotiations, transfer arrangements, bonuses and photo shoots. But what about financial planning? Or buying a house. Or even making a will?

That is where our expert teams will step in.

At Wollens we are well connected with the sporting community with strong links in community and professional sports clubs and programs. Our support and sponsorship includes partnerships with local cricket teams, professional cricket with our involvement in Western Storm, local and professional football clubs, Hockey, Golf, rugby and netball clubs and teams. Most recently we are supporting a local paddle boarder who is paddling around the UK starting in April 2021!

Our specialist sports lawyers

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Chris Hart, Managing Partner

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Marco Floreale

Sport & Legal Director

Marco Floreale

Marco Floreale has significant experience in sports management He is passionate about achieving the best results for the people he works for. No surprise really as the field and area in which Marco lives and breathes his daily job is in the passionate world of sport.

Marco is a solicitor and describes himself as ‘highly ambitious, energetic, results driven and analytical.’  But he is also a Football Association Registered Intermediary. With 25 years’ experience in the legal industry and six years in the offshore financial industry he set up The Game of Two Halves which is a boutique sports agency.

Marco says “The Game of Two Halves is a Player Welfare Agency that has 4 main divisions : Legal, Finance, Education & Brand where our aim is to keep you the player onside off and on the pitch.

Whilst we can’t change the past where 40% of footballers end up bankrupt within 5 years of retiring from the game, we can shape your future where you are legally represented from your first contract to your last one and beyond. We will ensure you are never mis-managed or ill-advised and represented at all times by qualified professional advisors in their relevant division of expertise.

To ensure that we stay on top of your career and the game, we have partnered with a select number of trusted partners which allows us, we believe, to provide a level of service that no other company can offer a professional footballer.

We aim to become your silent best friend and the go-to support network you need to become the best version of you. We are happy to be the hidden face and voice that the crowd never sees that always has your back – keeping you onside on and off the pitch!”

Marcos work entails contract negotiation, contract re-negotiation, agreeing transfers, player and club representation, performance-related bonuses, image right contracts, loyalty payments, release and buy-out clauses, buyback and first refusal clauses.

Marco is always looking to develop his business and offer  an even better, more all-rounded service to his clients. A qualified Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives and a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, Marco is married with two daughters, and also has a diploma’s in Sport Management and Sports Agency.

The partnership with Wollens means that a sports person need look no further than Marco and his Wollen team-mates for their legal needs and requirements.

https://www.thegameoftwohalves.com/

 

Wealth Management

​We have established our financial planning service to provide you with quality, impartial advice of the highest professional standard. We offer fee-based financial planning and wealth management advice to private clients and charities.

Financial planning is a long-term activity that aligns your personal goals to your financial situation. By taking an holistic view of your financial position we create a plan that is unique to you.

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