Newfields’ Manager Partner Glyn Lloyd is one of the most prominent sport immigration lawyers in the country (ranked, etc) and leads a team that exclusively supports the sector to secure UK visas and immigration compliance for high-profile athletes, backroom staff and executive management.
As one of the largest dedicated sport immigration teams in the UK, Newfields has both the expertise and capacity to ensure a highly responsive service, which is known within the sector for going the extra mile. We identify all necessary routes and collaborate with all parties to enable the sportsperson to reach his or her club as quickly as possible, on competitive fixed budgets.
Our work in rugby
Newfields is the leading professional immigration supplier in supporting all rugby league English clubs competing in both the Super League and the Championship, including the Rugby Football League itself. In rugby union, the firm acts for the RFU and represents fifteen of the twenty clubs featuring in the Premiership/Championship in addition to all Welsh Regions. We coordinate the visa processes for coaches, backroom staff, players and their family members using the entire spectrum of the Immigration Rules, including key overseas jurisdictions to accommodate fixtures and tours outside the UK.
Our work in football
We support seven of the twenty-four clubs in the EFL, including others in League One, on their recruitment of footballers and their family members, and coaching and support staff. Away from the pitch, the team further assists with the visas for Board Members and Directors, and professional staff. As with other sports, we facilitate immigration compliance for clubs with tailored auditing and training.
How Newfields can help
We offer hands-on immigration support for the sporting industry.
Rugby Football Union
Glyn has been instrumental in advising the England Rugby Football Union as well as many clubs on a wide range of immigration matters, and is always on hand to steer us in the right direction. He and his colleagues always respond promptly, efficiently and often with very little notice, which is essential in the fast-moving environment within which we work.
Swansea City FC
Chloe and Glyn have assisted Swansea City FC for a number of years with our immigration needs. They are experts in their field and provide excellent advice and support, with a true understanding of the sector. They are extremely responsive and professional and always ensure to deliver results in a timely and efficient manner. We would not hesitate to recommend Newfields.
Rugby Football League
The RFL have worked with Newfields on a wide range of immigration issues and have found that they have an excellent understanding of many immigration matters. Glyn is always available for both the governing body and the clubs to answer the most straightforward or complex query; his attitude and work ethic are outstanding.
Glyn and the team at Newfields have played a key role in our organisation. In the professional basketball industry, the acquisition and retention of players is key to our operations, and having Newfields on our team has been a game changer. They are prompt, efficient, and most importantly always available whenever we need assistance. Glyn and the team have played a vital role to our success off the court.
International & professional rugby player
Very professional and makes life a lot easier, amazing to work with.
I want to highlight the amazing diligence from everyone [at Newfields] involved in my matter. From the moment I contacted you to go through with my application, everyone involved was extremely efficient and made the whole experience a lot less stressful than I anticipated it.
Club Secretary, Sheffield Wednesday Football Club
Glyn and the team at Newfields are incredibly efficient offering a flawless visa service from start to finish. Their knowledge and guidance makes the process so much easier and I couldn’t recommend them highly enough.
Newfields did an exceptional job in helping us with our immigration requirements - very professional and personal with a minimum of fuss. I recommend their practice very highly
Mike Ruddock OBE
Development Director, Ospreys
Glyn and his team at Newfields have been Instrumental in advising on a range of immigration matters. As part of my talent ID role at the Ospreys I recruit on a global basis. Glyn is always on hand to advise and guide me through each step of the process with a great deal of calmness and professionalism. Glyn and his team are experts in their field and their knowledge on all immigration matters is incredibly impressive. Glyn and his team are hugely supportive, friendly, responsive and professional. I would have no hesitation in recommending Newfields.
Glyn and his team worked tirelessly with Billy Nelson, the Boxing Board of Control and Home Office Policy teams to secure a sponsorship arrangement and set of visas for myself and my family, whilst accommodating my overseas boxing commitments. 10/10 for service and getting the result we needed!
We have had nothing short of exceptional service from Glyn and his team at Newfields. Their attention to detail for our visas was beyond anything that we had anticipated with every step of the process being made as simple as possible for us - even to the point where Glyn went out of his way after hours to meet me to receive my BRP. We couldn't have asked for a better service and have recommended Glyn to numerous other South Africans engaging in the visa process.
English Premiership Rugby Union player
Outstanding and efficient service for my family and I.
English Premiership & England National Rugby Union player
Glyn provided a fantastic service to my family and I, they were professional, extremely helpful and very efficient, and were always on hand for friendly advice.
Performance Operations Lead (Wales) Wales Netball
Glyn and his team have been instrumental in advising Wales Netball and Cardiff Dragons on all immigration matters. Glyn is always willing to answer any questions to ensure the process is as straight forward as possible, with quick and efficient responses. Glyn, Emily and the team at Newfields are extremely supportive, responsive, professional in their business and we couldn’t recommend them enough.
Premier League football player
Glyn was always available when needed and made our applications, which were time sensitive and very daunting at first, less stressful and more straightforward. Highly recommended.
Argentinian National Rugby Union Player
They are really an excellent team of professionals, all the staff always willing and with good energy to help you and try to solve any problem. Highly recommended.
CEO, Bradford Bulls
In all of the Bradford Bulls Rugby League Football Club dealings with Emily and Glyn, I can personally vouch for their integrity, agility, professionalism and personal touch in being able to translate the complexities of immigration into everyday language. Given all this and their undoubted sector expertise, I would wholeheartedly personally Newfields to anyone seeking to progress and resolve immigration related issues.
Read more about our mission, our work in other sectors and our fees, below.
Our Sports Team
Our dedicated team of highly experienced immigration lawyers have a wealth of experience to cut through the complexities of UK immigration for the sporting industry.
Newfields’ immigration expertise provides a platform for our clients to focus on starting a new chapter, safe in the knowledge that, with your best interests at the front of mind, we will navigate the simplest, quickest and most cost-effective immigration solution for you. Discover our service mission.