Because even the greatest sporting career needs expert future-proofing.

Sports Sector

Our clients in the sports sector lead high-pressured lives and need the reassurance of knowing their financial affairs are in safe hands. No two clients in this sector have the same requirements, so we offer a carefully tailored service to suit your individual needs.

With retirement generally coming earlier for our sports clients, future-proofing your finances is key. It’s best to work with us to establish the correct structures at the earliest opportunity for maximum financial benefit.

We become part of our clients’ teams and work seamlessly with other advisers. Our experts work with other professionals such as lawyers, bankers and agents to structure and run your affairs smoothly.

Our team also looks after clients in other areas of the sports industry, such as agents and merchandise.

We negotiate with HMRC in relation to tax enquiries which often focus on agents’ fees, image rights and foreign tax credit relief. We’ll ensure the process is as straightforward for you as possible.

Many of our sports clients, footballers in particular, need to establish an image rights company. This is an area that has attracted considerable interest from HMRC and careful planning is essential. We are well aware of the sensitive areas HMRC focuses on and plan accordingly.

We assist our clients and their families with establishing businesses which run alongside their careers. This is usually connected with property investments which operate in conjunction with pension and wealth planning arrangements.

Our team acts for our sports clients throughout their careers and beyond. We’re often heavily involved with long-term financial planning. Many of our clients will accumulate considerable wealth and our advice covers inheritance tax and wealth planning. The close relationships we develop with our clients means we are often appointed as trustees and executors.


Personal tax

We can take care of all your compliance issues, including preparation of tax returns and planning to minimise your UK and overseas tax liabilities. We offer tax planning for investments, pensions and wealth planning, including wills and other trusts where appropriate. We also represent clients in HMRC enquiries.

Personal financial planning

We’ll liaise with you and your financial advisers to secure the best financial outcome/optimum tax position on your investments.

International advice

Through our membership of the Leading Edge Alliance, we can provide expert cross-border advice if your career involves international tax.

Company structures

We can advise on and create the most effective, tax-efficient structure for you. If you need advice on a global basis, we can provide this through the Leading Edge Alliance.


We have a wealth of experience in dealing with investigations with HMRC and have secured excellent outcomes for our clients.

Kind Words

Harry Kane, Footballer, England Captain and Tottenham Hotspur Striker

“HW Fisher have supported me with my taxation affairs at the early stage of my footballing career and have assisted me and my family with much help and guidance. The two Martins have ensured that I can concentrate on what I do best on the football pitch whilst they ensure that my off the field financial matters are taken care of. It also helps that they are passionate football fans and truly understand the football industry.”

Ashley Young, Footballer, Everton

“I have been with HW Fisher for the last 12 years and they have always provided a very reliable service. Martin has worked closely with my financial advisor to ensure both my tax and financial affairs are kept simple and easy to understand. I am delighted with the service I have received and would be happy to recommend HW Fisher to any player who needs an accountant.”

Christina Morley, UK Licensing Manager, Liverpool FC

“I would definitely recommend HW Fisher to perform royalty audits. They consistently seem to be able to use their forensic and advanced IT skills to dig deeper than other auditors, identifying all sorts of issues and significant audit findings. While their reports are very detailed, they are extremely clear and easy to follow. Most importantly, they are an absolute pleasure to deal with and make the whole process so straight-forward and are always available, ready and willing to help with instant responses and excellent practical advice. We have worked with several of their audit team and each one appears to have been trained to the same exacting high standard”

Key contacts

Martin Smith
Head of Sports & Director - Tax

020 7874 7825
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Gurdeep Dhanjal
Manager - Private Client

+44 (0)20 7874 7977
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