Gilson Gray signs David Winnie as new head of sports

Gilson Gray signs David Winnie as new head of sports

David Winnie

Gilson Gray has appointed former Scottish football player and experienced solicitor David Winnie to lead its sports offering.

He will head up the new sports and immigration specialism, working alongside Gilson Gray’s corporate team. Mr Winnie has previously represented players, clubs, sporting associations and governing bodies across football, rugby, golf, motor racing and other professional disciplines.

Following a career in professional football which included spells in Scotland, England, Australia and Iceland and representing Scotland at under-21 level, he qualified as a solicitor in 2009. Most recently, he was partner and head of sports at London-based firm Burlingtons Legal and held the same position at Blaser Mills Law from 2021 to 2023.

He also serves as an arbitrator for the Football Association (FA) and Scottish Football Association (SFA) and was recently appointed to the panel for Sport Resolutions – an international dispute resolution service dealing with high-profile cases.

Glen Gilson, chair and managing partner of Gilson Gray, said: “We are delighted to welcome David to the firm.

“We have represented numerous sports people and sporting institutions over the years and David’s expertise takes our practice to yet another level. His general corporate and immigration expertise makes David a valuable addition to our team.

“As Gilson Gray expands across the UK, lawyers like David, who enjoy a UK-wide client base, are an ideal fit for our growing business.”

Mr Winnie said: “Gilson Gray has developed a reputation as a disruptor in the legal market and has become a go-to for the full suite of legal services.

“The firm’s leadership, ambition and culture struck a chord with me, and I jumped at the opportunity to join the growing team. I look forward to leading the sports offering and developing this service line.”

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