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James Eighteen

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Northridge Law

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James has for many years been a key advisor to governing bodies such as The FA, the British Horseracing Authority, the Greyhound Board of Great Britain and Premiership Rugby on a range of contentious and regulatory matters. In addition, James advises individuals and teams, regularly appearing before disciplinary panels, the High Court and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Recent highlights include working on the Independent Review of Integrity in Tennis, leading the re-draft of all of the British Horseracing Authority Rules and Regulations and representing AC Milan on their successful FFP appeal at CAS.


2017 – Present: Founding Partner, Northridge Law LLP
2016 – 2017: Partner, Charles Russell Speechlys
2013 – 2016: Senior Associate, Charles Russell Speechlys
2008 – 2013: Associate, Charles Russell Speechlys
2006 – 2008: Trainee, Charles Russell Speechlys




British Association for Sports and Law


College of Law LPC (2005)
Nottingham University, Law (2004)

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Next generation lawyers

James Eighteen - Northridge Law

Within: Sport

Founded in 2017, sports boutique¬†Northridge Law¬†attracts a range of impressive, high-profile work across a range of sports. It comprises market-leading partners and senior associates who had previously been at Charles Russell Speechlys. The 'highly knowledgeable, experienced'¬†Jonathan Ellis¬†is, according to some clients, 'simply the best sports litigator there is'; 'no one has a greater knowledge and experience of regulatory football work'. Ellis and¬†'really impressive operator'¬†James Eighteen, who is 'a calm, reassuring presence', continued to¬†advise the Independent Review Panel ‚Äď a commission set up by various global tennis governing bodies, including the ATP, Tennis Australia and the French Tennis Federation ‚Äď on its high-profile tennis integrity review, begun in 2016 following allegations of match-fixing.¬†'Real go-to adviser' Jon Walters¬†advised the Football Association (FA) on its governance reform. 'Exceptional', 'incredibly well connected' football expert¬†Ian Lynam¬†has 'an engaging personality', and is 'one of the country's foremost experts in commercial sports matters and image rights cases'; he also has a strong line in sports data work. The British Horseracing Authority (BHA), the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), Chelsea FC and individuals such as Dele Alli and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are among the firm's client roster. Managing associates¬†Ben Rees¬†and¬†Paul Shapiro¬†are highly active.

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