Chris Farnell


Chris Farnell advises leading Premier League and Football League Clubs, leading sporting and media agents and a number of high profile sporting individuals on a wide variety of matters.

Chris’ practice areas include: Sports, Media & Entertainment. He specialises in image rights, third party ownership issues, player transfers, intellectual property contracts, contract re-negotiations, sponsorship and endorsement contracts, defamation, sports dispute resolution, footballer and agent disputes, doping hearings, regulatory issues, and both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property law.
Chris has advised on a leading number of high-profile cases in the area of sports law, some of which are listed: –

  • Roberto Martinez
    Chris represented Roberto Martinez in his dispute with Everton FC gaining a record pay-out for his Client and also advising on Roberto Martinez appointment to the Belgian FA
  • Swansea City Football Club
    Chris was the lead lawyer on the sale of the football club to the new owners;
  • Tyson Fury
    Represented the former World Heavyweight Champion;
  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    Chris acted on behalf of Cristiano Ronaldo during his time in the UK on various significant commercial matters;

Emily Pybus


Emily qualified as a solicitor in September 2019 having joined IPS Law in 2018 as trainee solicitor. Before joining IPS Law Emily worked at a specialist legal consultancy specialising in mediation and dispute resolution, providing her with experience in a number of fields including LLP disputes, fraudulent investment schemes and disputed business debts. 

Emily also has experience in civil litigation including high profile malicious prosecutions, committal proceedings, civil recovery cases and a number of judicial reviews. Along with quasi criminal experience which includes assisting in a highly publicised inquest involving complex legal arguments and a number of serious criminal appeals Emily has a wide and varied skill set.

Coming from a sporting background with a family business dedicated to providing educational sports programmes in the community and to premier league clubs, Emily has a keen passion and interest in sports law which has assisted her to develop her knowledge and skills since joining IPS and working with Managing Partner Chris Farnell.

Easily approachable and always willing to go the extra mile for client’s.


David House,
10-12 Cecil Rd,
Hale WA15 9PA


+44 (0)161 830 4710