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Shoosmiths’ Richard Millington makes The Lawyer Hot 100 2019

Shoosmiths’ Partner Richard Millington has been named in this year’s The Lawyer Hot 100 list, aimed at singling out the most “daring, innovative and creative lawyers” across the industry.

Published annually, the eagerly awaited Hot 100 recognises individuals who have contributed significantly to the legal world and enhanced the reputation of law firms, chambers or other organisations for which they work.

Richard was named one of the 18 top dealmakers.

He said: “I am really honoured to be named as one of The Lawyer’s Hot 100. It has been an exceptionally busy and exciting 12 months, both for myself and the team. We have made a name for ourselves, quickly, and we have attracted some of the biggest names in the business. The team of lawyers we have at Shoosmiths, and our well-known and respected colleagues in Elite Advisory, are really putting Shoosmiths on the map and we can only build on this success.”

The report says of Richard:

“After spending the majority of his career in-house, including a stint as general counsel of Umbro, Richard Millington returned to the world of private practice in 2016, tasked with kickstarting a sports team at Shoosmiths.

“It was a bold decision – as Millington himself told the firm, he was an expensive hire with no business case. But Shoosmiths saw the potential of tapping into his vast experience in the sector, and Millington has proved himself ideally suited for the job.

“From nothing, Millington has built a team and won some heavyweight mandates across football, rugby, cricket and more. Rather than try to go head to head with the leading names in the field, Shoosmiths’ Elite Talent Advisory team, led by former Manchester City head of player liaison Haydn Roberts, is taking a new approach to providing sports law advice.

“Millington works alongside non-lawyers like Roberts and David Murray (formerly head of BBC Sports Rights) to bring a more commercial approach to a traditional practice area.

“It sees them pitching for projects against the big four accountants as much as law firms and securing work from the likes of City Football Group and the FA alongside mandates on the CRS GT v McLaren case.”

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