Harriet Leach is a senior associate who joined Onside Law in June 2017 from international law firm DLA Piper. Harriet’s core practice area is corporate law, but she also has significant experience in commercial matters and corporate governance. In 2020, Harriet was seconded to the British Horseracing Authority as Head of Legal.
Company Law and Corporate Governance
DLA Piper, British Horseracing Authority (on loan)
Corporate transactions, sport structuring, esports and Women in Sport
As a lead transactional lawyer, Harriet advises clients across the sports and media sectors, from start-ups to listed companies on all aspects of company law (including M&A, investment, shareholder and joint venture agreements and sport structuring (new leagues/breakaways, finance and mergers)) for clients such as SMG Insight, Human Race and BWT. Harriet also acts for international federations and national governing bodies including European Professional Club Rugby, the ECB and the WPBSA on a range of governance matters, including constitutional changes, partnerships and players’ associations. She also helped establish World Snooker Federation in Switzerland.
Harriet has particular experience in the emerging world of esports, advising the leading esports company, Gfinity on a whole variety of matters, including hosting the Formula 1 Esports Series and ePremier League. Harriet is passionate about the evolution of women in sport and recently helped the ECB restructure women’s domestic cricket in England, and the FIA with its “Girls on Track” project.
Harriet relaxes by strength and conditioning training at Un1t, sailing on the Isle of Wight and watching Chelsea F.C. Women and the Lionesses.