Simon is a founding partner specialising in corporate and commercial work for clients in sports and media, and other entrepreneurial sectors. Simon founded Onside Law in 2005 with Jamie and Oli having spent seven years with leading City firms, Clifford Chance and Slaughter and May.

Simon Thorp has comprehensive understanding of sports sector; investment, good governance innovation, well-connected and highly supportive.

Legal 500
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  • Skills

    Corporate, Commercial

  • Previous Clubs

    Slaughter and May, Clifford Chance, Barclays (on loan)

  • Specialisms

    Mergers & Acquisitions, Investment, Shareholder Agreements, Joint Ventures, Governance, Start-up and Growth Companies

Simon acts for a broad range of clients including investors, family offices, founders, business owners, sport’s governing bodies, teams, talent and entrepreneurs. Clients include Two Circles, Twenty First Group, England Netball, ECB, Sn&ck Media, Gfinity, Ellipse Data, Srixon, Engage Digital Partners and Gloucester Rugby.

Simon’s practice predominantly involves general corporate and commercial matters including share purchase, asset transfer, investment, shareholder and joint venture agreements, along with specialist due diligence, investment and structuring in sport. Simon has particular experience in the ownership and governance of governing bodies, football, rugby and private member clubs, investment in sport and media properties, sale of sport’s businesses, funding and establishment of new sport’s leagues, the business interests of sporting talent and esports.

Simon is ranked as a leading sports law practitioner, in which he is described by commentators as “approachable, responsive and very practical in his approach and we are always impressed with his commercial understanding of our business needs. Commercially excellent with strong industry knowledge” and “adept at handling corporate work” (Legal 500) “He understands different types of acquisition and structures that we need to look at. He is very diligent and pragmatic” (Chambers & Partners).

Simon is a non-executive director at Gloucester Rugby. Simon enjoys playing all forms of sport (particularly those involving a ball) reaching a high level in tennis including previously captaining the Queen’s Club first team (a long time ago now!). Simon also assists his former university, Durham, on the development of their sport’s programme and infrastructure.