National law firm Shoosmiths has recruited senior in-house lawyer Richard Millington from Iconix Brand Group Inc, to strengthen its technology, media and commercial team. He joins as a partner, based in Shoosmiths' growing Manchester office.
Richard will add his extensive knowledge of structuring commercial deals in the global sports fashion and entertainment markets to help develop the firm's established sports practice, as well as boosting its commercial team in the North West.
Richard has worked for 12 years as an in-house lawyer for US listed businesses operating in sportswear, entertainment, retail, technology and marketing. His most recent role was VP International Counsel for Iconix Brand Group, the home of the Umbro, Starter and Peanuts brands. He is also a member of the legal committee of the World Federation for the Sporting Goods Industry.
Prior to that, Richard held several senior in-house roles at Nike Inc, including Legal Manager for its Football Business Units, where he advised on Nike's endorsement deal with Manchester United, and General Counsel for Umbro, where he advised on deals with the Football Association, Manchester City and the New York Cosmos amongst others. He has also been involved with many high profile athletic deals for the likes of Joe Hart, Pepe and David Haye and was part of the team that oversaw the sale of the Umbro business to Iconix Brand Group.
His appointment will also bring new ideas and commercial insight to Shoosmiths' services for in-house legal teams. Richard has managed legal teams and budgets on a global level, worked with lawyers from the top US firms through to small boutiques, executed strategic corporate and commercial deals and managed tough litigation in many jurisdictions as well as being a strong executive partner. The firm runs a national programme of knowledge events for in-house lawyers, produces a quarterly legislation tracker to help GCs with early awareness of what is on the horizon and earlier this year launched Shoosmiths' Resource Solutions, a suite of four services designed to support the changing needs of in-house legal teams.
Commenting on his appointment, Richard said: 'When Shoosmiths approached me I was impressed with their energy and their strategic approach to business. Shoosmiths has a strong reputation amongst in-house legal teams for thinking differently about how to support the challenges which general counsel face. The opportunity to bring my in-house and executive level experience to the firm's clients, particularly those in the sports, retail and creative sectors, and then couple this with the innovative way in which Shoosmiths are thinking about service delivery was a very strong pull.'
David Jackson, head of Shoosmiths' technology, media & commercial practice, said: 'Richard is a senior in-house lawyer and an exciting addition to our national team. His commercial insight into the sports sector will help us further develop our work in that industry. In addition to his IP/IT licensing, sponsorship and endorsement expertise, he also brings experience of working on complex cross-border joint ventures, trading networks and IT system deals as well as in-house strategic alignment of legal resources.'