4 New Square’s barristers have a strong reputation for sports law – both in relation to sports disciplinary law and commercial sporting matters.
Where disputes are concerned, we draw on our passion for sport as well as our experience, expertise and advocacy skills fostered in commercial litigation and professional disciplinary matters. A number of the set’s silks and juniors are to be found regularly appearing in disciplinary tribunals and investigative inquiries, for both regulators and participants, across a diverse range of sports domestically and overseas.
For example, Chambers is one of the first ports of call for advice and representation for the IAAF, the IRB, the British Horseracing Authority, and the Amateur Boxing Association amongst other leading governing bodies. We have also been instructed by athletes, clubs and other entities in significant cases in the worlds of professional football, rugby and boxing, as well as across the Olympic and motor sports (including Formula One), including in the context of doping and alleged corruption.
In recognition of our strength in this field, in 2012 LOCOG appointed us, as a Chambers, to the London 2012 Legal Advice Service, and two of our number (Graeme McPherson QC and Daniel Saoul) were appointed to the specialist Advocates Panel, with a third (Graeme Mew) sitting as a Court of Arbitration for Sport panel member on London Games disputes. Members of Chambers were involved in virtually all of the high profile selection disputes relating to London 2012 (including the Rhythmic Gymnasts’ appeal, the Aaron Cook v British Taekwondo case and Rowley Douglas’ appeal to British Rowing) and also acted in a number of time critical anti-doping matters, including the IAAF’s successful appeal to CAS re the discus thrower Zoltan Kovago (Richard Liddell and Nick Broomfield acting for the IAAF), which we continue to do (both prosecuting and defending).
Members of Chambers also assist sporting bodies in non-contentious aspects of sporting governance and commerce. They have been responsible for advising on and drafting the articles of association and other constitutional and policy documents (including selection, disciplinary and welfare policies) for numerous organisations, have written the Sports Spread Betting Association’s standard terms and conditions and assisted in the updating of the Orders and Rules of Horse Racing. We also advise on commercial agreements, where our background in commercial law is of significant assistance.
Chambers also boasts a Judicial Officer for the International Rugby Board, a Specialist Member of the Football Association Judicial Panel, a member of the BHA’s disciplinary panel and one of two (rotating) Chairmen of the Lawn Tennis Association’s disciplinary panel. We also boast a CAS arbitrator amongst our number, as well as arbitrators and mediators appointed by Sport Resolutions and the National Anti-Doping Panel.
We are one of only 4 sets at the Bar recognised by Chambers & Partners as outstanding in sports law. Our barristers are also ranked individually by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 in the field of Sports law.
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