Tim Meakin


Tim's practice covers various aspects of sports law and he represents the interests of both sports organisations, coaches and managers in addition to individual sports-men and women. His two main areas of practice are:

Disciplinary and Regulatory Sports Law:

Tim has a background in medical disciplinary proceedings in the GMC work, from which background he has developed a practice in sports law disciplinary proceedings. This covers advice and representation in disciplinary and anti-doping proceedings in Courts, Arbitrations and Tribunals in the UK. He has experience of appearing at FA disciplinary proceedings and has advised the RFL on various aspects of disciplinary law. He is also on the list of advocates compiled by UK Anti-Doping who volunteer to assist sports-men and women on all doping proceedings.

Sports Related Personal Injury and Health and Safety Law:

Tim has extensive experience in undertaking maximum severity personal injury work of high value and he has a broad experience of conducting sports law related litigation at high levels of complexity. He has been instructed by UK Athletics, the British Cycling Federation and the RFL. For example, he successfully represented a UK Athletics Coach in a professional negligence action brought by an international athlete against his coach. [Davenport v Farrow [2010] EWHC 550 Owen J]. In addition, Tim successfully defended an action at trial brought against the British Cycling Federation, which alleged negligence in the management and implementation of a UK Road Race. [Brown v (1) Brent (2) British Cycling Federation Ltd [2011] HHJ Atkins]. He has also advised professional sportsmen and women on career-ending injuries and associated loss, including Premiership and Championship footballers.


Sports Related Professional Negligence Law:

Tim has extensive experience of cases involving injury consequent on alleged clinical negligence including professional sportsmen and women.


Child Protection in Sport:

Tim undertakes work relating to child protection including abuse and the failure to protect young persons, in addition to sports organisations' vicarious liability for employees. He was instructed in a leading Court of Appeal case: Weddall v Barchester Healthcare [2013] and will provide talks on this topic including on the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act/Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, and safeguarding issues generally.

Tim also writes on issues relating to Sports Law and he is a member of the British Association for Sport and Law.


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Tim Meakin


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