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John Shea

Senior Associate, Lewis Silkin

John is deputy co-head of Lewis Silkin’s sports group and advises clients in the sports sector on a broad range of sports issues.

His key clients include clubs, leading agencies and international athletes. His recent experience includes:

  • Acting for numerous clients in arbitration tribunals such as the Court of Arbitration for Sport and in FA Rule K arbitrations, often with an international element;
  • Advising Premier League clubs, players and intermediaries in relation to numerous domestic and international football transfers and player contracts;
  • Advising clubs, managers, players and intermediaries in relation to regulatory compliance and disciplinary investigations for alleged regulatory breaches and on-field misconduct; and
  • Regularly instructed in relation to high-profile football manager and coaching staff appointments and terminations.

John is a member of Sport Resolutions’ panel of arbitrators for the period 2021-2024 and was recently selected by FIFA to act as pro bono counsel in FIFA proceedings.

He writes regular articles on sports law and provides updates on Twitter (@fc_legal).

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