ABOUT

Clear transparent advice

We are a boutique law firm that specialises in Sport, Media and Business Law in England and Wales. The advantage of working with a law firm like us is that we have specialist knowledge, which means that we can help where many law firms simply won’t have the experience.

 

 

 

PHILOSOPHY

 

Client centric expertise, delivered with care

 

Our sports law department has worked with many high-profile individuals, professional sports people, participants, coaches, managers, agents and people in the public eye. We also help organisations, professional and amateur sports clubs. Our media law department deals mostly with reputation management and defamation issues. And our business law department helps SME’s, and owner managed businesses throughout their commercial journey, we specialise in dispute resolution, commercial, employment and insolvency.

 

 

 

 

TRANSPARENCY

 

Clear communication, every step of the way

 

We believe in price transparency and clear communication and have done our best to make our website clear and easy to understand. Have a good look around our website to find out more about the services we offer and then contact us and talk to one to of our Partners about how we can help you

 

 

 

 

TEAM

 

Our experts dedicated to supporting you

 

 

Richard Cramer

Richard has over 25 years of legal experience having qualified as a solicitor in 1985 and formed Cramer Richards solicitors in 2002. He regularly appears in regional and national media as a recognised figure in Sports Law and is a frequent guest on Radio Leeds, providing expert advice to its listeners.

Paul Dodds

Paul qualified as a Solicitor in 2005 and has extensive experience Sports, Law and business. He was a former Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution, and his practice has extended to become a wide-ranging commercial practice, including a specialism in Sports Law.  Paul has recently taken on the role of Head of Group Legal.

Paul has acted for many well known sports people alongside his commercial practice, counting former World Title Holders, Leading Agents and elite footballers as current or former clients. Paul does so much more than the traditional lawyer role for his clients and is considered a trusted advisor to HNW individuals and SME owners. Paul also often provides hands-on support to businesses in trouble, using his legal and management skills.

When not advising clients, Paul’s principal role is to help ensure the practice has excellent service and compliance standards.

Martin Collins

Martin has enjoyed a successful career in the SME sector as well as Large Corporates and the world of banking following the sale of one of his business to a leading FTSE 250 bank.  His experiences have served both himself and his current group of professional services businesses as well as providing unique knowledge and support for the clients across the group of businesses.

As CEO across these professional service companies, Martin remains completely focused on delivering the highest levels of customer service, ensuring that the incredibly talented team of lawyers combine their skill and expertise with the understanding of a business owners needs and expectations to deliver a truly unique client experience.

Declan Doherty

Declan works closely with the partners having joined Front Row Legal as a paralegal in October 2017, becoming a trainee solicitor in September 2018. He has acted on a variety of complex civil and commercial disputes including in the High Court and Court of Appeal. He also advises in employment disputes and on a broad range of non-contentious matters and has experience in FA and RFL cases including disciplinary hearings.

Suhail Alloo

Suhail is an experienced commercial litigator with specialisms in professional negligence and recoveries, . He works with clients to help them find solutions to the problems they face; he prides himself on the ability to build excellent client relationships with a pragmatic and straightforward approach.

Examples of how Suhail has supported clients include:

  1. Working with lenders to recover sums from commercial borrowers via the sale of assets.
  2. Advising on professional negligence claims against professionals such as solicitors and surveyors
  3. Advising on breach of contract matters
  4. Advising on matters relating to unpaid debts

Dick Jennings

Dick Jennings is a Consultant at Front Row Legal. Dick specialises in company and commercial law. He has over 35 years experience advising in relation to corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, commercial contracts, owner-managed businesses, right managements, law firm consultancy, private client, property and litigation.

Rima Gasperas

Rima is an experienced commercial property lawyer with general experience in all aspects commercial property and has acted for national clients as well as smaller business closer to home. Having originally trained and worked in the City she moved into a consultancy role whilst retaining clients in London.

Rima has worked with our Head of Group Legal for over 10 years in a national practice.  She acts for many national retail clients as well as much small local businesses and dealt and has a good knowledge of the retail market – she has been quoted in the national press and specialist retail press regarding the challenges facing retail during and after the COVID pandemic and how the high street is changing.

Her recent career highlights have been the acquisition of a large retail space for a longstanding client in a prominent building in the centre of Manchester, acquiring a number of shopping precincts in North Wales, the relocation of a major client’s office space in the City of London and the Management of large housing developments sites for a former sports client.

David Dresser

David is vastly experienced Property Solicitor, having provided Commercial Property services to a variety of enterprises across Yorkshire including both private Practice and extensive local Authority work.  He has worked alongside the team at Front Row Legal for a number of years.

Career highlights for David are setting up the in-house legal departments for both Poundworld and Costcutter.

David holds an MA in International Studies and a Master of Law degree in Commercial Intellectual Property Law.

 

Kate Porter

Kate joined Front Row Legal in February 2024 after working at a law firm in Leeds. Kate graduated from Edge Hill University in 2019 with a law degree. As a paralegal at Front Row Legal, Kate assists with the day to day running of both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Harry Joule

Harry joined Front Row Legal in 2023 after working in-house at a technology company in Sheffield and previously a law firm in Sheffield. Harry graduated from Keele University with a Law degree in 2018. As a paralegal at Front Row Legal, he assists with the day to day management of both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Molly Bleazard

Molly joined Front Row Legal in July 2023 after studying A-Level Law, English Language and Literature, and Sport Science at Immanuel College, Bradford. Molly hopes to qualify as a solicitor in the future and has had a fond interest in the legal industry for a long time. Prior to joining Front Row Legal, Molly completed some work experience in a firm, in Morley, Leeds.

 

 

 

 

REVIEWS

 

Our experts dedicated to supporting you

 

Gyles Seward

Bringing in Richard (and the Front Row team) in at the 11th hour to help with a partnership dispute and shareholder sale, he hit the ground running and was able to provide invaluable insight and practical legal advice to the situation.

Adopting a balanced and fair approach, Richard has a vast knowledge of business legal matters and can see beyond the matter at hand looking at the bigger picture. In my instance Richard was quite literally a life saver and helped push on the matter to a resolve that was balanced and fair to both parties. In particular Richard provided excellent advice on guarantees and ensuring the outcome provided security for myself.

Unique in his approach in the legal world, Richard doesn’t let you down, makes himself available and is compassionate. My recommendation would be to get Richard and the Front Row team involved as soon as possible, you’ll not look back.

James Whewell

In 2020 I was looking forward to my weddings business having its best year to date. Instead, the government lockdowns saw the industry brought to its knees, with no weddings allowed to take place and multiple legal challenges being mounted against wedding venue owners (owing to the CMA issuing incorrect legal advice).

Front Row Legal guided me through the three years of extremely tough trading conditions and successfully saw me to the finish line. I would not be where I am today without the support of Richard and his team. It has been invaluable.

Wyresdale Park
Charlie Savage

I came to Richard Cramer and the team at Front Row Legal with an issue in regard to the misuse of my private information, this was resolved speedily, efficiently and a settlement was achieved swiftly. I will be recommending Front Row Legal to my teammates if they have any issues, the service was first class.

Amanda

Richard Cramer held our hand through a complicated Film Contract with 72 Films for a Netflix Production. We were complete novices and he liaised with the Production company on our behalf. His service was speedy, thorough and accurate. He kept us informed each step of the way. We would not hesitate to engage Richard’s services again in the future.

72 Films

CAREERS

 

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Are you ready to be part of a dynamic and innovative legal team?

 

Front Row Legal is seeking passionate individuals to join our esteemed team of legal professionals. If you’re dedicated, driven, and eager to make a meaningful impact, we want to hear from you!

 

Contact us with your resume and a brief introduction explaining why you’d be a great fit for our team. Join us in our mission to provide exceptional legal services and make a difference in the lives of our clients.

 

 

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