Sports Law

2 Bedford Row's members continue to play a prominent role in the Sports sector.

Chambers Directory 2015

Our barristers have represented individual athletes, football players and clubs, national and international sporting associations and regulatory bodies.

Members of chambers have acted in some of the most significant sports law cases of the past 25 years and individuals as well as chambers are consistently ranked as leaders in sports law in the UK and internationally.

Members of chambers regularly appear before:

  • Court of Arbitration for Sport,
  • The Football Association,
  • Premier League Judicial Panel,
  • EFL arbitral and disciplinary tribunals,
  • National Anti-Doping Panel,
  • UEFA,
  • FIFA

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 experience covers all disciplinary and regulatory matters, including doping and safeguarding.

Chambers has acted in some of the most significant sports law 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.

Members of chambers 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.

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. Members of chambers have vast experience in defending sportsmen 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:

  • Football Association Judicial Panel,
  • Rugby Football Union Appeal Panel,
  • English Cricket Board disciplinary commissions,
  • Lawn Tennis Association, (Safeguarding and Protection Committee)
  • England Boxing Disciplinary Board,
  • British Rowing and
  • the Sport Resolutions’ Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators.

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.

Contact information

For further information and enquiries please contact our clerks team.

+44 (0)20 7440 8888

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