Lydia is an active member of the Littleton Chambers Sports law group. Her keen interest in sport stems from personal connections to the world of cricket and football. The many hours sitting at various county grounds under grey skies or in the rain and snow at Villa Park have confirmed a lasting passion which she is keen to further through her legal practice.
Lydia is regularly instructed on sports law disputes with recent cases including:
- Representing Jess Varnish in her claim against British Cycling for sex discrimination, appeal ongoing;
- Part of an independent review panel which is presently confidential;
- Representing a former professional footballer in a CAS dispute with his former club;
- Appointed as a sole arbitrator on a Rule K arbitration;
- Independent reviews on behalf of Sports Resolutions exploring allegations of governance failures, tampering and mismanagement;
- High Court claim in relation to disputed agency fees;
- FA Arbitral proceedings in relation to disputed agency fees;
- A dispute between a player and sponsor regarding image rights; and
- FA disciplinary proceedings in relation to positive drug tests.
Lydia is a member of the LawInSport Editorial board, a panel member for Sports Resolution and author of the Equality review for the LawInSport yearbook. She appears regularly at conferences speaking on subjects such as equality in sport, hyperandrogenism, safeguarding and agency issues. Lydia is an independent member of the ethics panel for British shooting.