Michael Powner

Partner , Charles Russell Speechlys

Michael is the head of the 50 strong Employment group at Charles Russell Speechlys and is primarily a corporate employment lawyer with a specific expertise in sports related work. As a trained advocate, Michael has considerable experience of employment claims at every level, including sports mediation and arbitration proceedings.

Michael’s work within sports includes the full array of contentious actions including injunctions and related protective proceedings as well as advice on recruitment and retention of key sportsmen and women, together with the most effective incentivisation options and programmes for a range of sports clients such as Mercedes GP Formula 1, the English and Jordanian Football Associations, Premiership  and Championship Football clubs such as Newcastle United and Everton FC as well as expert advice to the English Premiership League Managers’ Association in Club related disputes.

He also completes complex transactions and the more challenging UK employment issues for Nike UK together with overseeing all the European employment advice for Sports Direct and globally for brands such as Dunlop Slazenger.

The team at Charles Russell Speechlys recently won the Legal 500 UK Firm (specialism) of the year 2017: Human resources (Employers and senior executives) award.


Legal 500 UK Awards 2017 Winner