Nick De Marco QC
Barrister, Blackstone Chambers
Nick is rated as a leading barrister in Sports Law and is a member of Blackstone Chambers.
He has advised and acted for a number of sports governing bodies, athletes, most Premier League football clubs and many world-class football players in commercial and regulatory disputes.
He regularly appears in the UK Courts and football, rugby, cricket, boxing, athletics, horseracing, doping and a number of other arbitral and disciplinary tribunals, including CAS in Switzerland.
He is acknowledged as having special expertise in all aspects of football and has been involved in most of the recent high profile cases in the sport. He has particular expertise in financial regulation including financial fair play, disputes relating to football agents, player disputes and disciplinary issues, doping in football, commercial disputes between clubs and third parties and Third Party Ownership of football players. Chambers directory described him as the “go-to junior on any football regulatory issue”.
Nick has a special interest in sports arbitration. He acted for the ECB in the leading case in the field (ECB v Kaneria) and acts for and against a number of sports regulatory bodies in arbitration disputes as well as siting as an arbitrator for a number of sports. He is also involved in a number of high profile media rights disputes in sport.