Zane is a Partner in the Sports, Media and Commercial team. He provides practical commercial advice to global brands, international sporting bodies and events and high-profile individuals. Zane specialises in intellectual property and the drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts including sponsorship, joint venture, merchandising, broadcasting, new media, agency, distribution, franchise and image rights agreements, venue agreements and IP and software licenses.
He has negotiated numerous lucrative sponsorship and supplier agreements and other event related contracts on behalf of sporting events and governing bodies including the PGA European Tour, Ryder Cup, World Marathon Majors, London Marathon, RideLondon and the All England Lawn Tennis Club (Wimbledon).
Zane is also the sole In-house Legal Counsel at Wimbledon advising all departments across the organisation (on a secondment basis).
He has drafted and advised on the agreements connected to high profile Premier League football transfers and renegotiations and has successfully represented well-known players in disciplinary proceedings brought by the Football Association of England.
He is a regular contributor to sports publications and author of the articles: “What effects have Fifa’s Intermediaries and Regulations had on Player Representation and Commission Levels (published by LawInSport); “Qatar 2022: Have The Sunday Times Uncovered the Smoking Gun?”, “The Fifa Ethics Committee: An Oxymoron” (for the professional body, aat ethics), “The David Moyes Sacking: The Financial Fallout for Manchester United” and “Are Match Officials Fair Game?” (published in the British Association for Sport and Law Journal).