Rise of the underdog: why sports partners are leaving bigger firms to launch their own boutiques
The departure of four Charles Russell Speechlys partners to launch a new boutique is the latest example of a trend for sports lawyers to strike out on their own
The recent move by four Charles Russell Speechlys (CRS) partners to break away and launch specialist sports firm Northridge is just one example of a wider trend of sports and media lawyers leaving larger, more traditional firms to set up shop in tightly-focused boutiques.
Just weeks before the opening of Northridge, three former Couchmans partners launched City sports, media and entertainment boutique Level Law, while recent years have also seen the launch of sports-centric firms such as Manchester’s Centrefield and London’s Onside Law, by ex-lawyers from Brabners and Clifford Chance respectively.
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