Chris Walsh

Partner, Head of Litigation, Onside Law

Chris is a partner specialising in commercial, regulatory and contentious matters in the sport sector, both nationally and internationally. He qualified and spent several years at leading City firm, Freshfields, before moving to another niche London sports law firm and joining Onside Law in 2007.

His long-term clients include the England and Wales Cricket Board and a number of other national and international governing bodies, rights-holders, clubs, sports agencies and prominent individuals operating across all the major sports.

In addition to his broad commercial practice, Chris is onside law's Head of Dispute Resolution, in which capacity he advises a wide range of sport sector and other clients in relation to a variety of domestic and international disputes. Chris regularly represents clients in proceedings before the English courts, in domestic and international arbitrations (including before the Court of Arbitration for Sport and Sport Resolutions UK) and mediations, and before other quasi-judicial bodies and tribunals. He also advises sport sector clients on a range of governance, disciplinary and other regulatory matters.

Chris is recommended as a leading sports law practitioner in all of the independent legal directories, where he is “praised by commentators for his industry expertise and unique insight into his clients' operations” and described as “utterly dependable” and “outstanding and knowledgeable” with clients adding that “his knowledge and commitment go beyond what it is reasonable to expect” and commenting that he has "a calm assurance about him. He's never rushed and his logical thinking skills are very high. He conveys confidence, he knows what he's doing and he therefore makes clients feel comfortable."

He also regularly contributes to sports law and business publications, speaks at sports industry conferences and appears on sports law webinars and television as a sports law expert.

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