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Wollens Sports Law Division

We are proud to offer a complete Sports Law legal advice service to our clients.  Our team have the knowledge and expertise to work with all types of sports people across the continuum of Sports Law.

The Sports Law Division is headed up by expert Marco Floreale and the services encompasses a wide range of areas including:

  • Contract Negotiations
  • Representation
  • Sponsorship
  • Disciplinary Matters
  • Regulatory Issues
  • Sport Injuries
  • Commercial Deals
  • Financial Advice
  • Intellectual Property and Immigration

Marco has sports sector knowledge and understand the complexities of the profession and so can be mindful of this when dealing with your matter.

Through our experts we have built up and nurtured an extensive network which we believe gives advantages to our clients.

The new division is a reflection on the firm’s dedication to innovation and adaptability and also a recognition of the growing legal needs of the sports industry and its commitment to serving those needs.

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Working with the  specialists at Wollens –  Marco can offer advice, representation or guidance whether you are an established star or a young player tipped for potential stardom. Marco can deal with contract negotiations, transfer dealings, bonuses, photo shoots and a lot more.

But what about financial planning, litigation? Or buying a house or if you have a family matter? 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, local and professional football clubs, hockey, golf, rugby and netball clubs and teams. In recent years we have supported record breaking paddle boarders and this year set to support an ice warrior expedition !


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Marco Floreale, Head of Wollens Sports Law Division. 

Helping our team to understand current sporting challenges is Marco Floreale, a solicitor with a difference. Marco is a qualified lawyer – but was 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 your representative.

Marco grew up in the London area and initially qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives before completing his Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Certificate in Waterloo London. He practised for over 15 years in Reading Berkshire undertaking all aspects of Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution before emigrating and living overseas in France, South Africa and Mauritius for 8 years.

Marco joined Wollens in April 2023 and has been instrumental in setting up the firms Sports Law Division.

Our Partners

Wollens have signed a new partnership with Somerset County Cricket Club, the new agreement will see Wollens become Preferred Legal Partner to the club. 

Founded in 1875, Somerset County Cricket Club is one of eighteen First Class County Clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. The Taunton based club play in the 1st Division of the County Championship and are the current Vitality Blast T20 champions – winning the competition at Edgbaston in 2023.

Somerset County Cricket Club Commercial Director, Caroline Herbert is pleased to be able to welcome Wollens to the Somerset Cricket Family. “We are delighted to be working with Wollens,” she said. “To be able to partner with a company with such strong links to the region is always exciting. From our discussions it was clear that they have a genuine passion for sport in the South West and they have a history of backing local teams, including Western Storm.” Read the full story here

Johan Cruyff Institute partnership with Wollens

Wollens are very happy to have a collaboration with the Johan Cruyff Institute where we can make a difference to all elite sports people’s professional development during their sporting careers and after.

It is integral to who we are to ensure that elite sports people have all elements covered off-the-pitch so that they can continue to shine on the pitch. Player welfare and education are the key, and this partnership is another area that enables us to offer full spectrum law services to our clients.

We are thrilled to forge collaborative endeavours with Wollens, this partnership fully aligns with our collective aspiration to advance the professionalization of the sports industry. We are looking forward to work together and promote education for sports people across the legal issues

Cristina Palés, Marketing Manager at Johan Cruyff Institute

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