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Index of tables

  1. Sport – Leading sets
  2. Sport – Leading silks
  3. Sport – 2016 silks
  4. Sport – 2017 silks
  5. Sport – Leading juniors

Sport – Leading silks

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Sport – 2016 silks

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Sport – 2017 silks

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Sport – Leading juniors

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Blackstone Chambers is β€˜the go-to set for sports regulatory work’, but members cover the gamut of work in this area, extending to intellectual property and commercial disputes through to child protection matters. Adam Lewis QC represented the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) in Jersey Football Association’s Court of Arbitration for Sport challenge to the client’s rejection of its membership application.

4 New Square handles a range of sports work, but with a particular strength in equestrianism. Indeed, Graeme McPherson QC brings his experience as a racehorse trainer to cases. Outside this space, his recent work includes representing Anthony McGann, former coach and manager of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Michael Bisping, regarding allegations that the fighter owes him Β£270,000 for expenses and fees. Among the β€˜very good juniors’, Daniel Saoul represented former Springbok Chiliboy Ralepelle in a doping case.

Littleton Chambers is β€˜a very strong set’ with members who handle cases involving a range of sports, from motorsport and boxing through to football and rugby. Paul Gilroy QC advised Sam Allardyce on his departure as England football manager, while John Mehrzad was a member of the panel carrying out an independent review into British Cycling’s culture following, inter alia, allegations of sexism on the part of its former technical director Shane Sutton.

2 Bedford Row’s members handle sports disciplinary work as well as advisory matters regarding corruption in sport. Mark Milliken-Smith QC represented England and Harlequins prop Joe Marler, who was given a two-week ban for directing offensive language at Wales player Samson Lee during a 2016 Six Nations match, half the four-week lower guideline for on-pitch racial abuse.

Monckton Chambers has particular strength in matters at the interface of competition law, telecoms and sport, alongside some disciplinary and regulatory expertise. Fiona Banks advised FIA Formula E Championship team Virgin Racing in an FIA International Court of Appeal hearing as an intervenor: Dragon Racing appealed two penalties issued to Virgin Racing’s Jean-Eric Vergne that it considered unduly lenient; the appeal was considered inadmissible.

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