What do you focus on for your clients
I am a sports lawyer and focus on commercial sports rights – broadcast rights, sponsorship, merchandising and all other commercial rights associated with sports teams and the organisation of sports competitions as well as production and broadcasting of audiovisual content.
Tell us about your professional background
I trained at Cumberland Ellis Piers (now Wedlake Bell) and qualified into their company commercial department. I then joined the commercial legal department of FIFA. I worked on the full range of commercial matters arising from the organisation of the FIFA World Cup and FIFA’s other competitions. I then joined Sportfive International (now Lagardère Sports) to work on the European broadcast rights sales of the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2016 Summer Olympics. I joined Halebury in 2012 and continued working on the Olympics project until it’s completion in late 2016. I have worked on-site at two World Cups, the Winter Olympics and the Summer Olympics, as well as other FIFA competitions. I have also worked on a number of other sports properties including the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Euro 2016.
Tell us a bit about your working style and other interests
I am a commercially-minded lawyer who likes to look at the bigger picture and find practical solutions to achieve my client’s aims. Having worked on deals with numerous broadcasters across the world, my knowledge of the broadcast landscape and of the sports industry is something that proves particularly useful for this. Outside being a lawyer, I love travelling, cooking and photography. On a recent stag weekend I discovered I like rock climbing and I seem to have a talent for knife and axe-throwing!
Halebury’s Raj Koria has an ‘excellent reputation as a sports media lawyer’. Highlights included advising Lagardere Sports Geneva on the Rio 2016 Olympics media rights tender across 40 jurisdictions, following on from media rights work for the same client relating to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.