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Leading Silks

Christopher Quinlan QC - Guildhall ChambersChristopher is particularly outstanding when dealing with sport disciplinary hearings. As Chair of World Rugby's Judicial Panel, he has an excellent feel for how a sports panel operates and as an experienced criminal QC, is first-rate at dealing with evidence and cross-examination. I was particularly impressed with his handling of and interaction with clients.
Richard Smith QC - Guildhall ChambersHe stands out for his calmness and assuredness, as well as his superb clarity of message.

Sport in Regional Bar

Guildhall Chambers

Guildhall Chambers remains the pre-eminent set for sports law on the Western circuit. Practice head Christopher Quinlan QC has an excellent reputation for his 'industry-leading knowledge of the rugby and football regulatory regimes'. Sports disciplinary and regulatory matters are key areas of expertise for the team, which also provides advice to multiple sporting bodies. Richard Smith QC has noted experience in rugby union discipline, with a track record in acting as counsel to the England team. Samuel Jones acted for Bath Rugby player Tom de Glanville, one of thirteen players charged breaching Covid-19 policies causing the cancellation of the 2020 England-Barbarians fixture; the sanction of a two-week ban being one of the lowest imposed.



‘Guildhall Chambers appear to be at the forefront of sports law, most notably in the field of rugby where they have an unrivalled experience in rugby discipline both at a national and international level. No other set in the country has such expertise and experience in this area.’

‘In my view they are the best regional set for sports work I have come across.’

‘Guildhall is a leading sports set, with excellent clerking and a strong team of very experienced advocates. They are leaders in the field in rugby discipline.’


‘Well organised, helpful, efficient and reliable.’