Ashley is a member of Littleton’s Sports Law group, which both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 rank as a leading Sports Law group in its field. Sports Law work forms an increasingly prominent part of Ashley’s practice. His current and recent sports law work includes:
- Acting as sole counsel in three (ongoing) FA Rule K Football Arbitrations;
- Troisi v Al-Ittihad CAS2017/A/5056 & 5059 – (led by John Mehrzad) Successfully representing the former Australia football team captain, James Troisi, in the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne in a claim (on appeal from a FIFA Tribunal) for non-payment by the player’s Saudi former club, Al-Ittihad;
- Acting for the successful claimant (a prominent FA Registered Intermediary) in a Rule K claim against a former client (an international footballer) for unpaid commission;
- Acting for the respondent to a National Anti-Doping charge, brought by the Rugby Football Union;
- Acting for the respondent to a Misconduct charge brought by a National Sporting Body (ongoing);
- Advising a La Liga footballer in respect of a breach of contract claim brought against him by a former agent, involving complex issues of jurisdiction and governing law.
- Advising a National Sporting Body in respect of its selection procedures for Team GB athletes, both in the run-up to, and subsequent to, the Rio Olympics 2016
Ashley is a member of the Table Tennis England Board of Appeal, and was recently appointed to the Sports Resolutions Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators. He writes and talks regularly on Sports Law matters, examples of which can be found here, here and here.