The benchmark of integrity in football

The business of football is fragmented and hard to navigate.

We believe it’s time for change. We have set out to design a world-class commercial, legal and player negotiation service for football clubs.

Our vision is to build a market-leading sports boutique which enhances every aspect of a club’s commercial life and brings legal integrity to the game.

gunnercooke Football offers a new path to the results you need, and with a team you can trust.

Born out of law

gunnercooke Football is a spin out from gunnercooke, one of the UK’s fastest growing legal innovators.

Solely comprising senior industry experts across legal and management consultancy, every gunnercooke partner is a seasoned negotiator, trusted advisor and a business person in their own right.

As gamechangers in the industry, gunnercooke aim to challenge the norm and offer clubs protection, clarity and transparency.

gunnercooke Football is delivered by a uniquely positioned team who understand the reality of the game and are passionate about professionalising the business of sport.

This is the first time an all encompassing service targeted at improving the club’s performance has been delivered through the robust governance of a large-scale corporate law firm.

An all-encompassing service

Our principal focus is on protection and development of club assets, top youth talent and the club brand, supporting growth of the club, stabilising top talent and driving greater commercial income through the business to enhance the top line.

The gunnercooke Football team have extensive experience in the real needs of football clubs across all corporate and commercial disciplines. We ensure that every client is advised by a trusted advisor or a team of trusted advisors who understand how to help them to navigate their issue. We call it delivering ‘peace of mind’.

We offer the following services:

  • Commercial Agreements (media, sponsorship, and image rights)
  • Reputation Management
  • Sports Tech and Data Analysis
  • Employment and HR
  • Football Regulatory
  • Disciplinary
  • Football Arbitration
  • Governance
  • Discrimination
  • Covid-19
  • Club Acquisitions
  • Debt Restructuring
  • Immigration and Player Status
  • Sports Stadia Construction and Real Estate
  • Recruitment
  • Women’s Football
  • Transfers
  • Family Support

Protecting the Club

gunnercooke also offer services for Academy Parents including:

  • Independent Academy Overview
  • Legal Issues faced by players and families
  • Wellbeing connections
  • Social Media
  • Family Resources


More on us

Darryl is the founder and visionary behind game-changing law firm, gunnercooke, one of the UKs fastest growing commercial law firms. He began as a barrister in Lincolns Inn before working in the legal team of a major multinational corporation. When he began in private practice at SJ Berwin he quickly grew a thriving private equity practice which he continued at Addleshaw Goddard where he began what soon became one of the firm’s strongest practice areas while at the same time joining the board. He later moved to DLA Piper, where he headed private equity in EMEA. Having worked in all parts of the legal industry, Darryl is considered a thought leader on the need for innovation in legal services. In 2019 he launched his new book, ‘To innovate or not to innovate’, looking at the challenges that law firms face to be innovative in a traditional environment.

John Paul Mowberry is a highly qualified solicitor advocate who has operated as a lawyer in the football industry for over 10 years. JP’s work has spanned across all areas of football including clubs, football unions, governing bodies, player contracts, commercial brands, football publishing, charities, specialist football arbitration, disciplinary, dispute resolution, national squads, reputation management, recruitment and published research.

Having established a reputation for securing the careers of players through to the very top end of the game, JP was appointed as a specialist football arbitrator to the Court of Arbitration of Sport, Lausanne, Switzerland. At gunnercooke Football, JP will deliver on the real needs of clubs via their outsourcing in the areas of Legal, Football and Commercial, to mirror the operations of a professional football club, all under the roof of a large law firm for the first time.

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gunnercooke has vast experience in the protection and growth of business assets in all industries.

gunnercooke Football protects your club’s most prized assets, THE CLUB, THE BRAND and TOP TALENT.

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