Our sports law barristers have represented individual athletes, football players and clubs, national and international sporting governing bodies.
Chambers’ team of sports lawyers have acted in some of the most significant sports law cases of the past 25 years. Individual sports barristers as well as Chambers itself are consistently ranked as leaders in sports law in the UK and internationally.
Our sports lawyers regularly appear before:
and the regulatory bodies of other sports – such as boxing, horse racing, athletics, motor racing, fencing and rugby (including World Rugby, the RFU and ECPR) and cricket (ECB and ICC).
Our sports law experience covers all disciplinary and regulatory matters, including doping and safeguarding.
Our sports barristers have acted in some of the most significant football disputes of the past 20 years, including acting for Wigan in the “Webster” case on the construction of Article 17 of FIFA’s statutes, for Mohammed Bin Hammam in his successful appeal to CAS on appeal from a FIFA ethics decision, the Carlos Tevez affair, The Ashley Cole “tapping up” case and frequently advising national FA’s in South America and Asia in relation to International disputes and acting for some of the best known and prestigious Clubs and players in football today.
Chambers’ sports lawyers acted in the cricket spot fixing trials involving Pakistani test cricketers, and the “Bloodgate” case in Rugby, the IOC investigation into corruption and doping in athletics as well as for a host of household names across the complete range of sporting endeavour.
The sports law work undertaken includes the full range of disciplinary and regulatory breaches (including allegations of failing to control fans and preventing racist behaviour, spot fixing and match fixing) as well as contract disputes between players and clubs, including disputes over “third party” ownership. Jim Sturman QC acted for Dan Gosling in his successful application for a declaration that he was entitled to a “free transfer” from Everton FC. Our sports barristers have vast experience in defending sportsmen and women for “aggravated breaches” and inappropriate social media posts.
In addition to appearing before sports tribunals, several members of Chambers also hold appointments across a wide-range of sports, including:
Chambers is rated by the legal directories as being in the top rank for criminal work and members of Chambers frequently represent sports personalities who fall foul of the criminal law, ranging from serious offences (including the horse race fixing trial) to traffic offences.