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Footballers' legal funding scheme opens

Morgan Sports Law and Harbour initiative will provide £2m in disputes funding

Morgan Sports Law has partnered with litigation funder Harbour to offer professional footballers a £2 million funding scheme which, it says, “takes the risk out of pursuing claims before the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber and the Court of Arbitration for Sport”.

The partnership combines Morgan Sports Law’s expertise in football disputes, with Harbour’s reputation as the world’s largest privately owned litigation funder.

The £2 million credit facility will assist Morgan Sports Law clients in pursuing legal disputes without any upfront costs, and with no fees to be paid if the case is unsuccessful. All legal fees and disbursements will be funded by the facility, with Morgan Sports Law’s and Harbour’s compensation coming from the proceeds of successful cases.

Morgan Sports Law’s managing partner, Mike Morgan said: “The firm was set up to protect the rights of athletes. All too often, costs are a barrier for athletes who wish to enforce their rights. Setting up this credit facility, together with Harbour, will offer our football clients the opportunity to enforce their rights and fight claims they otherwise would not be able to. I am grateful to Harbour for working with us to create an athlete-focused solution and look forward to assisting our clients with it.”

Ellora MacPherson (pictured), chief investment officer at Harbour, said: “As we emerge from the pandemic, law firm leaders are looking at new ways to support their clients. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with innovative firms like Morgan Sports Law who are using these sorts of funding ventures to support their clients.”

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