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Marc Delehanty

Barrister, Working at Littleton

Marc is featured in the Legal 500 directory in the Sport law category, where he is described as “very down to earth and responsive” (2021 edition), extremely personable and client focused, with a genuine interest in the issues affecting each matter” (2019 edition) and “known for contractual issues and sensitive disputes” (2016 edition).

Some of the cases in which he has been involved include:

  • McMillan v UK Anti-Doping (UKAD)  – successfully represented Scottish footballer Jordan McMillan before the National Anti-Doping Panel in his appeal against the length of his doping ban (on the basis that he satisfied the ‘Substantial Assistance’ provisions in the WADA Code and UKAD rules).
  • Acting for a Premier League football club in two separate claims against it by spectators in relation to crowd/stadium distur­bances, including appearing (as sole counsel) at interim hearings.
  • Advising in relation to an agent’s entitlement to commission upon the international transfer of a football player.
  • Defending a football club against allegations of discriminatory conduct, including appearing (as sole counsel) at interim hearings.

Marc also writes on topical sporting issues for the popular LawInSport website. His articles include: Why did Coventry City FC’s State Aid claimfail?, The Queensberry Rules of Sky and BT’s Sporting Match-Up, and A Guide to England’s Independent Football Ombudsman.


Marc Delehanty