Sports, media and entertainment law specialist Stephen Taylor Heath has been recruited as a partner in the Leeds office of newly-formed practice Freeman Fisher.
Freeman Fisher has been established by experienced solicitors Alex Megaw and Gary Black with a presence in 1 Leeds and headquarters in the Spinningfields business district of Manchester.
Mr Taylor Heath works with sports and entertainment stars, promoters and agents, advising on matters such as contracts, brand protection and image rights and employment.
He was the in-house counsel at Frank Warren Promotions before spells at Leeds law firms Fox Hayes, Lupton Fawcett and Eatons.
The 45-year-old has represented boxers, rugby league and soccer stars, jockeys and cricketers as well as broadcasters, bands, music management and TV production companies.
Mr Taylor Heath, who lives in Selby, said:
“I have joined Freeman Fisher because I have bought into its ethos of providing big firm quality commercial legal advice in a flexible entrepreneurial environment.
“I have been in practice for 22 years, and I have never been more content that I am able to provide the professional services my clients expect.”
Mr Megaw, 62, was the managing partner at Davies Arnold Cooper’s Manchester office until its merger with Beachcroft in 2011.
He continued as a partner at DAC Beachcroft until last December.
Mr Black, 42, returns to practice after a spell as legal director of Manchester-based investment group CorpAcq. Before joining CorpAcq in 2007, he was a partner at Manchester firm Berg Legal.
The new firm’s title stems from Mr Black’s mother’s maiden name (Fisher) accompanied by Freeman to give an alliterative combination.
Freeman Fisher plans to recruit commercial property, intellectual property and private client partners with its first year of operation, while also expanding its commercial litigation and corporate/commercial offering.
Mr Megaw said:
“There is a real opportunity for smaller firms with expertise to engage more closely with clients and grow a business with emphasis on service delivery and fast contact at partner level.”