Wasif joins Child & Child as a partner in the Disputes Resolution team and has a contentious and non-contentious international practice. He has a wealth of experience after a decade spent in Legal 500 ‘tier one’ ranked teams in the West End and City
He has been involved with helping athletes and institutions for many years, having traditionally been a litigator. The mix of his exposure to these areas have made for a distinctive practice.
He has three specialism in the field of law:
- Financial Services Law: Wasif’s financial services practice concentrates on FINTECH’s and new technology companies including challenger banks and commercial companies that have regulatory cross over. Recently, a key focus of his practice has been the growth of the WEB3 space and the ability to protect markets and brands including the use and compliance of Smart Contracts within the FS rules and the FCA Handbook. This has an international element to its working that includes the GCC region. Wasif has used his traditional understanding of the FCA handbook, to help companies write their policies and procedures so that they fit the regulatory environment but can also produce the necessary products they want to bring to market.
- Sports Law: Acting for athletes in the arena of football, cricket, boxing/MMA and tennis. On the contentious side, Wasif has assisted on reputation management such as defamation actions against the BBC, the News of the World and numerous social media outlets. He has also assisted on matters involving the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) the FA, the ECB, British Boxing Board of Control and others. On the non-contentious side, he has created contracts with and for clubs and also negotiated with clubs on changes to contracts to favour his clients. He has assisted agents and athletes with post career planning including new commercial ventures using branding and media in the digital space, including NFTs and crypto assets.
- Commercial Litigation: Wasif has a broad litigation practice that covers both the UK, MENA region, Pakistan and Turkey. Primarily, his practice deals with commercial disputes that arise from his FS and Sports practice. In addition, he deals with regular shareholder disputes, injunctive relief/freezing orders as well as fully litigated claims to trial. He is particularly adept at strategising and making regular use of dispute resolution including ADR and mediation.
Wasif is proudly Muslim and has helped a distinct number of international charities and organisations to ensure that he makes use of the ever growing “Crescent Pound”. He says about himself: