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Leading Silks

Paul Harris KCMonckton Chambers ‘Paul has a strong intellect and is an excellent advocate.’
Adam Lewis KCBlackstone Chambers ‘Adam is a go to barrister for sports law and his knowledge of all areas is outstanding.’
Nick De Marco KCBlackstone Chambers ‘Nick has an almost uniquely stellar practice in sports law, and particularly football.’
Graeme McPherson KC - 4 New SquareGraeme is a great all rounder with a clear and well thought out advocacy style.’
Ian Mill KC - Blackstone Chambers ‘Hard working, forceful advocate and terrific cross-examiner.'
Jane Mulcahy KC - Blackstone Chambers ‘Jane's advocacy is first class. She's able to expertly convey her arguments in a compelling manner.’
Kate Gallafent KCBlackstone Chambers 'Always very practical and approachable and able to provide her advice succinctly.'
Paul Gilroy KCLittleton Chambers ‘Has a truly outstanding court style with tact, intelligence and a deep knowledge of the area.’
Nina Goolamali KC – 39 Essex ChambersThe standout silk with a sport and PI overlap, specialising in injuries in the sporting context.’
Andrew Hunter KCBlackstone Chambers ‘Andrew is tactically very astute, prepared to take risks, very knowledgeable and excellent on cross-examinations.'
John Mehrzad KCLittleton Chambers ‘His knowledge of sports disputes, in particular football disputes, is second to none.’
Mark Phillips KC - South Square ‘The best there is in F1 regulatory. Elite status in motorsport.’
David Reade KC - Littleton Chambers ‘Unmatched knowledge of the sports world in particular football.
Daniel Saoul KC - 4 New Square ‘A very strong advocate and excellent at cross examining witnesses.'
Jim Sturman KC2 Bedford Row ‘Client friendly advice, understands the sports industry and is a fantastic advocate .'
Philip Evans KC - QEB Hollis Whiteman 'Great sense of fairness and excellent people handling skills.'
Sean Jones KC - 11KBW ‘Understands the complexities of advising in a sport context  and is very well thought of in the sector.’
Richard Liddell KC4 New Square ‘His individual strengths are his attention to detail as well as the way he crafts and lays out his cross examination and closing arguments.’
Mark Milliken-Smith KC2 Bedford Row Very good grasp of the details and of the politics of sport.’
James Segan KCBlackstone Chambers 'If you want help winning a case, get this guy.'

2021 Silks

George Spalton KC - 4 New SquareHe is not only technically excellent but is also commercially focused and has an in-depth knowledge of sport sector.

Leading Juniors

Fiona Banks - Monckton ChambersCalm, clear, speedy and efficient.
Tom MountfordBlackstone Chambers ‘Tom has a good range of experience in areas of relevance to sports work. In particular, he is very strong on the interchange of employment and discrimination in a sports setting’
Kendrah Potts - 4 New Square ‘Kendrah is a superstar. She is extremely clear, concise and thoughtful in the advice she provides.’
Lydia BanerjeeLittleton Chambers ‘Lydia is incredibly commercially minded and pragmatic. Her cross examination style is a particular strength.’
Jonathan Bellamy39 Essex ChambersFor equestrian sports regulatory work Jonathan is a go-to counsel.’
Pippa Manby - 4 New Square ‘Very assured advocate and adaptable in her approach.’
Ravi Mehta - Blackstone ChambersHe combines an excellent knowledge of the sports sector and the bases for challenging decisions, with an ability to provide practical and useful advice to clients, and a clear and compelling style of advocacy.
Sam NeamanLittleton ChambersSam is a robust and innovative advocate. He is a natural sportsman and is very close to the practice area bringing his own experience and knowledge whether it is football, rugby, boxing or motorsport.’
Craig Harris - Furnival ChambersCraig is an excellent advocate and has built up an impressive sports practice through his own individual dedication and expertise.’
Luka KrsljaninBlackstone Chambers ‘Luka has a great ability to get up to speed with a matter very quickly and understand the nuances of a matter.’
Ifeanyi Odogwu – Matrix Chambers 'An extremely personable and well-rounded barrister, who shows brilliant skills in mediation and dispute resolution.'
Grahame Anderson - Littleton Chambers ‘A barrister you want on your team. Grahame is a very able lawyer who can combine powerful written submissions with equality powerful advocacy.’
Katherine Apps - 39 Essex Chambers ‘A real strength and knowledge in intricate sporting disputes, in particular safeguarding.’
Theo Barclay  – 4 New Square ‘Having Theo on your side is like having a Mercedes in the garage: quick; reliable; nothing ever goes wrong.’
Stuart Benzie - 2 Temple GardensStuart has tremendous attention to detail, prepares thoroughly for all hearings and clients like his commercial approach.’
Tom Cleaver - Blackstone ChambersTom’s brain works faster than everybody else’s. He sees through complex problems to get to the heart of a point.
William Clerk  – 2 Temple Gardens ‘William’s understanding of the rules and regulations specific to motorsport, and their application in the wider legal environment, is profound. ‘
Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersHis assistance and contributions are always of highest quality, well-formulated and immediately usable.
Ashley CukierLittleton Chambers ‘Ashley provides clear and practical advice, is great with clients, is excellent on strategy, and a pleasure to work with. ‘
Gavin DingleyFive Paper ‘Skilled on witnesses’ cross-examination and assessment of evidence.’
Diarmuid Laffan - 4 New Square ‘Very good, very sensible and an excellent advocate.'
David Lowe - Blackstone Chambers ‘Clarity of thought. Very articulate.'
Sebastian PurnellDevereux ‘Advice delivered in a clear straightforward and personable manner and very client focused.'
Shane SibbelBlackstone Chambers 'Very thoughtful, anticipates gaps and has great forensic skill.'

Rising Stars

William Harman4 New Square 'A remarkable barrister who is not only consistently on top of the detail and willing to get 'stuck in', but he thinks creatively and strategically and adds value throughout. '
Celia RooneyBlackstone Chambers 'Celia is a strong advocate and thinks well on her feet. She is proactive and assists instructing counsel with strategic approaches to litigation.'

Sport in London Bar

4 New Square

4 New Square acts for national and international sports governing bodies as well as clubs, agents, and athlete associations. The set covers the full gamut of sports law, including match-fixing, doping, selection disputes, governance, safeguarding, disciplinary cases and sports-related commercial and insurance issues. Graeme McPherson KC acted for the team of Dragon Symbol, including the 2021 champion jockey Oisin Murphy over the horse's penalisation in the Commonwealth Cup at Ascot post-race, after winning the race on track, for making contact with another horse during the race. Daniel Saoul KC represented Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis, two bronze medallists from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, to challenge their non-selection by GB Badminton for the Tokyo 2020 Games. Richard Liddell KC is recognised for handling matters across the sports space as well as sitting as an arbitrator. Turning to the set’s juniors, Kendrah Potts defended England cricketer Oliver Robinson in relation to charges for bringing the game of cricket into disrepute concerning historic tweets. Pippa Manby has represented a number of athletes charged with doping offences.

Testimonials

Set

‘Our go to set when it comes to sports work.’

‘A strong commercial litigation background, with an ability to deploy that expertise in sports law matters.’

‘Well renowned in the sports sector with a number of strong advocates.’

‘Impressive depth of sports experience.’

‘They have a number of extremely competent sports barristers who I would have no hesitation in instructing.’

Clerking

‘Dennis Peck is superb.’

‘The clerks perform an efficient service.’

Work highlights

    Blackstone Chambers

    Considered the ‘gold standard when it comes to sports law’, Blackstone Chambers supports clients across the breadth of the practice area, encompassing sports body governance and regulation as well commercial issues. Nick De Marco KC’s exclusive sports law practice covers regulatory, sponsorship, agency, image rights, financial fair play and competition law issues; he acted for Newcastle United in their dispute regarding new ownership with the Premier League as well as for various Championship clubs with respect to Financial Fair Play rules. Adam Lewis KC represented The FA in defence of charges brought by UEFA in relation to European Championships and for the EFL in disciplinary proceedings against Derby County. Jane Mulcahy KC acted for England footballer Kieran Trippier in his defence of betting charges brought by the FA, with the prosecution being represented by Kate Gallafent KC and Celia Rooney . Ian Mill KC acts for many individuals, teams, organisers, managers, governing bodies and sports broadcasters.

    Testimonials

    Set

    ‘Blackstone is THE sports law chambers.’

    ‘Reputationally very strong, particularly for sports law.’

    ‘Unrivalled depth across all areas of sports law.’

    ‘Blackstone Chambers are easily the best sports chambers and they have more strength in depth than anyone else.’

    ‘Blackstone are leaders in the field for sports related disputes work.’

    Clerking

    ‘Adam Sloane is a brilliantly responsive clerk – every communication from him is sensible, efficient and helpful.’

    ‘The clerks at Blackstone are great. They are responsive, extremely helpful and accommodating.’

    ‘Adam Sloane and Gary Oliver excellent.’

    ‘Billy Brian is extremely user friendly, available and easy to speak with.’

    ‘Gary Oliver is brilliant.’

    Work highlights

      Littleton Chambers

      Littleton Chambers is recommended for its work in sporting disputes, investigations and reviews. David Reade KC is acting in section 994 minority shareholder proceedings against Cardiff City FC owner Vincent Tan and the club on behalf of a former director, concerning the actions of the owner and his control of the club. Paul Gilroy KC has worked on disputes concerning various football managerial appointments, renewals and terminations, including Nigel Clarke at Charlton Athletic and Sean Dyche at Burnley. John Mehrzad KC is acting for Cardiff City regarding a financial dispute arising from a transfer agreement between the club and FC Nantes for the transfer of Emiliano Sala, who was killed in an air crash two days after signing for the Bluebirds. Sam Neaman is instructed in a claim by EFL club Hartlepool United against Fulham FC in relation to the alleged “tapping up” of a Hartlepool FC player by Fulham. Lydia Banerjee is representing Sabri Lamouchi in his claim in relation to the termination of his employment contract as manager of Nottingham Forest.

      Testimonials

      Set

      ‘Excellent chambers doing some high profile sports work.’

      ‘A strong set on the employment and sport side.’

      ‘Littleton are without doubt a very strong set for employment and sports related employment.’

      ‘Stand out chambers for employment and also sport related litigation.’

      Clerking

      ‘Scott Hersey is extremely .’

      ‘George Shah is excellent as is Andy Sargeant and Jason Drakeford.’

      ‘Excellent and supportive clerks all round.’

      Work highlights

        39 Essex Chambers

        39 Essex Chambers provides a full-service offering to stakeholders across sports, including football, rugby and horse racing, among others. Over the past year, members have received increasing instructions relating to anti-doping, tax, selection, data protection and safeguarding issues. The set is also recognised for handling disputes before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Europe and Oceania. Nina Goolamali KC was instructed by World Rugby, one of the defendants in the rugby union concussion test case litigation. Jonathan Bellamy continues to handle a claim brought by sports agent Anthony McGann against former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping for unpaid commission and remuneration under sports management agreement by way of account and inquiry. Katherine Apps ‘s sport practice spans regulatory, disciplinary, safeguarding, employment, EU law and commercial issues within sport.

        Testimonials

        Set

        ‘Have an extremely strong sport injury group of barristers.’

        ‘The sports law group has a very strong offering of counsel and arbitrators.’

        ‘A growing reputation in sports law.’

        ‘A growing reputation for sporting disputes.’

        ‘Strong legal knowledge and empathy necessary for safeguarding work.’

        Clerking

        ‘Ben Sundborg is very helpful.’

        ‘The clerks I have encountered at 39 Essex Chambers are all efficient.’

        Work highlights

          Monckton Chambers

          Monckton Chambers offers expertise in disputes arising within the overlapping areas of sports law and commercial EU law, including competition law, freedom of movement and cross-border trading. Paul Harris KC handled a commercial dispute relating to rugby broadcasting contracts interrupted by COVID force majeure circumstances. Elsewhere, Fiona Banks successfully defended former Red Bull junior driver Callan O’Keeffe and his father, on a threatened claim for unlawful means conspiracy by a Cayman company, Axon, concerning sponsorship money paid by Axon to Drivex, with which he competed in the 2019 Formula Renault Eurocup.

          Work highlights