Inside Sports Law


Meet the team

The Inside Sports Law editorial team consists of a series of co-editors from across the business. Alex Wills, Matt Buckle, Tom Maturi, Josh Kay, Nandini Rao, Sa’ood Lahri, Andrew Keightley-Smith and Andrew Jackson are all part of the Norton Rose Fulbright sports practice, which is led by Stephen Rigby.

The editorial team is supported by a number of regular contributors who all have experience in the sports sector.


Stephen Rigby

Stephen Rigby is a corporate M&A partner specializing in the infrastructure sector, and is head of the Norton Rose Fulbright sports practice. He has significant experience in soccer, in particular M&A and regulatory issues, and has worked on a number of high profile matters in recent years, including deals in the English Premier League.

Alex Wills

Alex Wills is a corporate lawyer based in London and he has been involved in a wide variety of general corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, general corporate matters and joint ventures across a number of jurisdictions.

Alex is also part of our sports law practice in the UK and has particular experience in the UK football sector.

Matthew Buckle

Matthew Buckle is a disputes lawyer based in London. He specializes in commercial and investment arbitration and has advised a wide variety of clients to resolve disputes arising under various agreements, licences and treaties.

Matthew is a member of our sports law practice in the UK and has broad experience in litigations and arbitrations involving sports stars, sports teams and their suppliers, sponsors and governing bodies.

Tom Maturi

Tom Maturi is a corporate lawyer based in London.  Tom has been involved in a wide variety of corporate transactions across a number of jurisdictions, including: public and private company M&A, joint ventures, corporate restructurings, equity capital markets work and general corporate matters.  He is also part of our global sports law practice.

Josh Kay

Josh Kay is a dispute resolution and litigation lawyer based in London. Josh’s practice focuses on cross border corporate and commercial litigation, regulation and investigation, international arbitration and advising clients on anti-bribery and corruption matters. Josh is also a member of our global sports law practice, with a particular focus on integrity issues and regulatory matters

New York

Nandini Rao

Nandini Rao is a lawyer in New York who focuses her practice on employment and labor counseling and dispute resolution.  She regularly represents clients with a broad range of employment matters, including discrimination and harassment claims, compliance with employment regulations, and global mobility issues. She also has experience in the sports sector providing employment counseling to a major sports car manufacturer.



Matthew Fonti

Matt Fonti is a lawyer in the financial restructuring and insolvency team based in Sydney. His practice focuses on commercial transactions, financial restructuring and insolvency matters, and regulatory advice.

He has experience providing advice on stadium venue hire agreements and has been spent time on secondment at a major sports sponsor.



Nader Hasan

Nader Hasan is a lawyer in our corporate, M&A and securities group based in Toronto and a member of our Canadian special situations team.

Nader is also part of our sports law practice in Canada and, as a former competitive basketball and rugby player and avid sports enthusiast, he has particular interest in the growth of all things sports related around the world.



Sa'ood Lahri

Sa’ood Lahri is a commercial litigation lawyer based in Johannesburg.  He is an associate in the corporate and commercial litigation team and areas of focus include corporate and banking disputes, financial and asset recovery, investigations, insolvency litigation, mining litigation and constitutional and administrative law.

Andrew Keightley-Smith

Andrew Keightley-Smith is a lawyer in the corporate and commercial litigation team in Johannesburg.  His areas of focus include risk advisory, business ethics and anti-corruption, and legal investigations.  Andrew is also experienced in competition law and anti-trust related matters and has been involved in multiple dawn raids carried out by South African regulators.