Leicester Tigers mourn leading lawyer Neil, 50
A solicitor who played a big part behind the scenes at Leicester Tigers has died.
Neil Head, joint managing partner of Leicester law firm Josiah Hincks, died on New Year's Day after a short illness.
He was 50 years old, and leaves behind a wife and two sons.
Mr Head was both a Tigers supporter and was involved in many of the club's major projects, including its ground redevelopment.
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He was with Josiah Hincks for almost 30 years, joining in 1983.
Fellow joint managing partner Andrew Eagle said: "Neil was an integral part of this firm and a valued and important member of the team.
"He leaves a great legacy from the years he invested in the business.
"Neil had an excellent reputation for providing outstanding service to his clients with down-to-earth advice. His no-nonsense approach and the ability to communicate clearly with his clients generated him a significant client base.
"Neil was proud to number among his clients Leicester Tigers, a club of which he was a lifelong supporter.
"He will be greatly missed and we pass on our sincerest condolences to his wife Jayne, sons Alex and James and to all his family and friends."
Tigers chairman Peter Tom said: "Neil was a valued and important member of the team behind the scenes at Leicester Tigers.
"He was a great supporter of the Tigers and involved in many of the club's major projects, together with conducting regular legal business on our behalf.
"Neil was also a good friend of so many people at Leicester Tigers among the board of directors, management team, staff, players and supporters."
Josiah Hincks – which has offices in De Montfort Street, and branches in Coalville and Blaby – said Mr Head was a specialist in company and commercial law, property development and agricultural law.
Over the years he had sat on advisory committees for the Environment Agency and was a strategic adviser to the boards of his client companies.
He was involved in a £40 million land and asset swap for the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and also had an interest in sports law, providing advice to professional sportsmen on image rights and sponsorship deals.
His funeral takes place at Leicester Cathedral at 11am on Tuesday, January 15, followed by a service at 12.15pm at Gilroes Cemetery and Crematorium.
Clients, contacts and anyone who knew Neil and wants to pay their last respects is welcome.
His family has asked that in place of flowers people make a donation to Hope Against Cancer or Help for Heroes.