John is a barrister specialised in employment, commercial and sports law, practising from Littleton Chambers where he is the current Head of the Sports Law Group. He is the only junior barrister below 13-years call ranked by the leading legal directory, Chambers & Partners, in both employment and sports law. He was selected as a pro bono advocate for ad hoc sittings of the Court of Arbitration for Sport during the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games.
Over recent years he has represented numerous football players, managers, agents and clubs before forum including CAS, FIFA, the FA, the Premier League and the High Court. He is also recommended for his expertise in rugby and cricket. He has been appointed an FA Arbitrator and is on a panellist for Sports Resolutions, a leading sports mediation body. This year he has given numerous sports law talks in-house to solicitors and also at conferences, including the World Sports Law Report’s Player Contracts conference. He also regularly writes for that publication on contemporary sports-related legal issues. Some years ago now, John was an international rower and was a multiple time national as well as university champion in that sport.
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