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Paul Darling OBE KC

Working at 39 Essex Chambers

Paul has a wide experience of commercial and construction disputes and regulatory issues in the sports and gambling world. Specifically: past Chairman of the Sports Ground Safety Authority, the body sent up to prevent a repetition of Hillsborough, gaining experience of the regulation and governance of football, and of local and national government; conducted many disputes about the construction sports grounds and stadia – football, rugby and horseracing; appeared at many horseracing disciplinary hearings; considerable experience of gambling including regulation and integrity issues, having been member of the board of the Tote  as well as Chairman of the trade association for betting shops; now Chairman of the Horserace Betting Levy Board involved in a number of football transfer disputes including about transfer window closures ; represented the Welsh Regions in a dispute with the WRU about media payments, advised on Boxing media issues. Chaired Disciplinary Panel under British Sailing Rules.


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Paul Darling