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  1. Sport – Leading sets
  2. Sport – Leading silks
  3. Sport – 2017 Silks
  4. Sport – 2018 Silks
  5. Sport – Leading juniors

Sport – Leading silks

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Sport – 2017 Silks

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Sport – 2018 Silks

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Sport – Leading juniors

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    • John Mehrzad - Littleton Chambers β€˜A friendly, down-to-earth football arbitration expert, as well as a leading junior when it comes to governance reviews in cycling and equestrianism.’
    • Daniel Saoul - 4 New Square β€˜A nice guy, and one of the best junior silks in sport; a star practitioner.’
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    • Max Baines - Red Lion Chambers β€˜A clear, down-to-earth adviser and a very impressive advocate – creates powerful narratives by tying together multiple strands of evidence in a logical, compelling way.’
    • Rupert Beloff - 4-5 Gray's Inn Square β€˜Strong in the interface between sport and the media.’
    • Stuart Benzie - 2TG – 2 Temple Gardens β€˜A very persuasive and tenacious cross-examiner.’
    • Daniel Burgess - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A superb advocate who is fiercely committed to his clients.’
    • Edward Craven - Matrix Chambers β€˜A top-notch sports specialist who is clearly a star in the making. He grasps complicated legal concepts, and concisely articulates strong legal reasoning with unparalleled attention to detail.’
    • Owain Draper - One Essex Court β€˜A very bright young lawyer.’
    • Craig Harris - Furnival Chambers β€˜Very experienced – articulate and composed, with a good eye for detail.’
    • David Lowe - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Kind, friendly and willing to dive into the finer points.’
    • Sebastian Purnell - Devereux β€˜Thorough, calm and creative, with excellent experience in complex sports tax cases.’
    • Andrew Smith - Matrix Chambers β€˜Extremely intelligent and diligent; open to discussing difficult points in detail.’
    • George Spalton - 4 New Square β€˜Consistently produces high-quality work.’

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Generally regarded as β€˜the strongest chambers for sports work’, Blackstone Chambers has β€˜real strength in depth at the QC and junior levels’; it provides β€˜truly stellar all-round service’, and β€˜its clerks are a cut above’. Its superb regulatory capabilities are bolstered by longstanding expertise in IP and commercial disputes: Ian Mill QC acted for the FA Premier League in a case against Sky and others to prevent access to illegal streams of Premier League footage. The highly regarded, football-dedicated Nick De Marco QC took silk in 2018.

The β€˜well-resourced’ set at 4 New Square provides clients with β€˜an overwhelmingly positive experience’; its barristers and clerks are β€˜very polite, friendly and helpful’, and provide β€˜a fast turnaround’. Equestrianism is an area of particular strength: Graeme McPherson QC defended British trainer Hughie Morrison against charges brought after one of his horses tested positive for anabolic steroids. Active across a wide range of sports, Daniel Saoul acted for the Rugby Football Union (RFU) in appeal proceedings brought by Lichfield Ladies RUFC and Thurrock RFC Ladies following their exclusion from the new Women’s Premier League.

β€˜A great set for sports work’, Littleton Chambers is β€˜full of bright, enthusiastic barristers who have sufficient expertise to do the job well’. It has β€˜a wealth of expertise at the forefront of sport-related employment work’: David Reade QC assisted Bristol RFC with bringing an injunction to restrain coach Steve Borthwick from joining the England rugby team. John Mehrzad acted for former Australia football team captain James Troisi in a claim for non-payment against Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad.

2 Bedford Row fields two leading silks who are frequently active in high-profile corruption advisory work as well as sports disciplinary matters. Jim Sturman QC acted for Watford FC in an investigation by the English Football League into alleged forgery and non-compliance by the club; he also advised one company spotlighted by the US Department of Justice investigation into corruption at FIFA. Mark Milliken-Smith QC is also highly active in sport, particularly cricket and rugby: he sits on the England and Wales Cricket Board’s Cricket Discipline Commission, and the RFU instructed him in two high-profile disciplinary cases.

Monckton Chambers β€˜always provides very good service’, and is well known for its expertise in matters involving the intersection of sport, telecoms and competition law. It also has disciplinary and regulatory expertise: Paul Harris QC defended Massimo Cellino and Leeds United FC in disciplinary proceedings brought by the FA. Fiona Banks acted for Tony Pulis in a breach of contract case brought by Crystal Palace FC. Ronit Kreisberger is recommended for competition matters.

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