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Richard Yates


Richard Yates Solicitor

Richard is a solicitor in the Commercial Litigation and Sports and Media Law Departments here at Farleys. Richard is based in our Manchester City Centre Office having previously carried out his legal training at the firm before qualifying in January 2014.

Richard has a detailed understanding and knowledge of commercial disputes and specialises in advising both individuals and companies on a variety of contentious commercial matters. Richard’s particular specialisms include breach of contract, professional negligence, defamation, property litigation and contested debt cases.

Richard also possesses extensive experience across the Sports and Media sector and acts for a number of Premier League footballers and Olympic medallists. Richard regularly advises on legal issues relating to playing contracts, sponsorship agreements, agency agreements, Anti-Doping Violations, regulatory disputes and disciplinary issues.

Richard is also an advisor to the Sport Resolutions Pro Bono Legal Advice Panel advising athletes of limited financial means on a variety of legal issues ranging from anti-doping to selection and funding disputes.

Richard also carries out considerable media work having recently been asked to comment upon legal issues on BBC One’s Victoria Derbyshire Show, BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio Berkshire amongst others.

Richard is also a professional athlete himself, an attribute which provides him with expert knowledge of the sporting industry and understanding of his clientele. He has regularly represented both Great Britain and England over 400 metres hurdles and won a Commonwealth bronze medal in the 4×400 metre relay in Delhi, India in 2010 and is a multiple English Champion over 400 hurdles.

What People Say About Richard

“Richard’s combination of technical legal knowledge and experience of the sporting industry meant that my contractual issue was resolved in an efficient manner and resulted in a favourable outcome. I would recommend Richard to any professional athlete and would definitely use Farleys again.” – Olympic Medallist – Rio 2016.  

“Richard has acted for my company in a variety of commercial disputes in recent years. I have found his service to be very diligent and he scrutinises the necessary points well to ensure I am successful in each and every dispute. Richard has been exceptionally quick in dealing with matters and has done so with our best interests at heart. I can certainly recommend his services.” – Mr B – Managing Director of SC Limited

Professional Memberships

Elected Member of the UK Athletics Athletes’ Commission

The British Association for Sport and Law

Law In Sport

Accredited Advisor for UK Anti-Doping (UKAD)


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