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Leading Silks

David Casement QC - Kings ChambersA first choice silk for sports law matters. He is a leader in this field.
Paul Gilroy QC - 9 St John StreetPaul is extremely experienced and knowledgeable in the sports law world, in particular in relation to football related disputes. He is personable, responsive and pragmatic.

Leading Juniors

Martin Budworth - Kings ChambersMartin is my go-to barrister for Sports Law matters. He is very commercial and discards irrelevant detail and gets to the nub of the case very quickly. He is an excellent advocate in court, too.
Steven Flynn - Kings ChambersSteve is one of the top sports law juniors in the UK, with experience across a number of sports and expertise in commercial and regulatory disputes.
Laura Gould - Kings ChambersLaura is approachable and well-liked by clients. She has a practical and common-sense approach to issues but that is supported by an ability and confidence which belies her years.

Sport in Regional Bar

9 St John Street

'A leading light in football manager disputes' both in the UK, Europe, and the USA, Africa, and Asia, 9 St John Street's Paul Gilroy QC  has a renowned sports law practice, covering advisory work, litigation, and all regulatory aspects of professional football, rugby's union and league, cricket, tennis, cycling, boxing, athletics, weightlifting, gymnastics, and table tennis. Recent instructions of note include Keith Grindley v Everton FC where he successfully represented the Premiership club in its defence of a £5.25m claim for loss of opportunity relating to the commission on its sale. Gilroy QC also successfully represented Jose Mourinho in FA disciplinary proceedings alleging the manager brought the game into disrepute by swearing on television. In addition, he was recently instructed as an expert witness on English law in Cardiff City v Nantes FC, an appeal from  FIFA to CAS regarding the decision on transfer of liability arising from the death of footballer Emiliano Sala in an aeroplane crash.

Kings Chambers

Kings Chambers is 'the standout sports law chambers in the North' with 'very experienced and reliable sports specialists'. According to instructing solicitors, the set's sports sector expertise 'continues to grow and remains an attractive alternative for clients outside of London'. Members have conducted numerous sports disciplinary hearings across a variety of sports bodies as well as act for individual sportspersons, clubs, governing bodies, and suppliers in a variety of disputes and advisory instructions. In recent work of note, David Casement QC has been acting for Manchester City FC, and other companies in the same group, obtaining trespass injunctions to protect premises around the globe from a group of individuals involved in parkouring. Martin Budworth has been acting for Laurence Bassini in the battle for control of Bolton FC and also advised the shareholders of Bury FC on the club's recent expulsion from the Football League. Steven Flynn represented Peter Beardsley in the employment tribunal and FA disciplinary proceedings following accusations that the former footballer made racist comments while the coach of Newcastle United’s U23 team. Also of note, Laura Gould is considered 'a tenacious opponent; you know you are in for a tough fight when you are against her. She is particularly good on rugby and cycling-related matters, as well as anything with an employment-related angle to it.'