The Manchester office of Gateley Legal has advised top tier British professional basketball team, the Manchester Giants, on a sponsor licence for their players from outside of the UK.
As just under half of the team are US nationals, the Giants approached Gateley Legal for immigration support in applying for permission to sponsor the athletes before the start of the season in October 2020.
In view of the delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the team needed to work quickly to ensure each US player was sponsored.
Gateley Legal also assisted the Giants with applying for extensions to visa applications for the players in January this year.
Employment legal director, Rizwana Ishaq, led on the matter, with support from paralegal, Daniela Notarpippo.
Rizwana said: “We were pleased to support the Giants with immigration advice to ensure they were able to start the season with a full squad.
“We regularly support sports teams and individual athletes with UK immigration and have been working hard to ensure that famous faces are able to return to the court, the pitch and the track.”
Former basketball international, Jamie Edwards of the Manchester Giants, said: “We’re really happy that Gateley Legal were able to turn this case around so quickly for the sake of the club and our fans.”
The Manchester office of Gateley Legal regularly work on a number of sports law related cases, including matters on licensing and brands, commercial contracts, reputation management and immigration.
Visit our global mobility & immigration page to find out more about Gateley Legal’s work in this area.