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Nic Couchman, Partner

Nic is a specialist sports business and rights lawyer, and a well-known figure in the UK sports business.

Nic Couchman, Partner

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Nic was the founder and Chairman of Couchmans LLP and led the firm from 2001. A specialist sports business and rights lawyer, and a well-known figure in the UK sports business, he has very extensive experience in developing and implementing commercial rights programs and strategies for a large number of sports, events, investors, sponsors and sports businesses. Nic has worked in over 25 sports.

Nic’s clients have included the International Olympic Committee, Formula 1 Management, Rugby World Cups 1991/1995/1999/2003, Ascot Authority, Six Nations, European Rugby Cup, International Tennis Federation, England and Wales Cricket Board; Premier Rugby, Poland 2012, British Champions Series, Volvo Ocean Race, Nova International, The Great Run Company, World Match Racing Tour; International Rowing Federation (FISA), Aviva, BT, Carlsberg, Coca-Cola, Haymarket Publishing, Heineken, Nationwide Building Society, Nike, Nokia, News International, Panasonic, Rio Tinto, Sports Investment Partners, UK Sport, as well as various players and athletes and player associations such as the Gaelic Players Association and World Pro Surfers.

Nic is admitted to practise in England and Wales.


  • Nic was named as one of the world’s twenty most influential sports lawyers by Sport Business magazine, and featured in The Times “Top Ten Sports Lawyers” list.
  • Nic is on the steering group of Sports Relief, and was co-founder of the sports networking club, the 6pm Club.
  • Nic is a co-founding partner in sports specialist investment firm, Sports Investment Partners, chaired by Sir Martin Broughton, and an investor in a number of sports businesses.
  • Nic is an author of and/or contributor to numerous books and articles on subjects from ambush marketing and merchandising, to athlete image rights and sport and technology.