John Shea > Lewis Silkin > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Lewis Silkin
255 Blackfriars Rd

Work Department

Sports Business and Dispute Resolution


Managing Associate

John is an experienced dispute resolution lawyer with a particular focus on the Sport Sector.

As a dispute resolution lawyer, John has considerable experience of dealing with high value and complex commercial litigation in court proceedings as well as all forms of alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation.

John is deputy co-head of Lewis Silkin’s sports group and advises clients in the sports sector on a broad range of sports issues.

His key clients include clubs, leading agencies and international athletes. The matters which he works on are often with an international element and being a Spanish speaker is particularly valuable to many clients.


John is a member of the British Association for Sport and Law, Sports Resolutions’ Pro Bono Legal Advice List and the appeals committee of the International Powerlifting Federation.


John was awarded a Bachelor of Law degree from Oxford Brookes University in 2007 and qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2011 after completing the Legal Practice Course at the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice.

Lawyer Rankings

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport

(Rising stars)

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Lewis Silkin is praised by one client for its ‘particular, leading strength in brand protection in sport’. Practice co-chair Alex Kelham advises on an array of matters, ranging from contentious issues concerning both athletes and governing bodies, to IP and image rights agreements. Kelham co-heads the team with Jonathan Carr, who focuses on employment and contractual matters for household clubs from the worlds of football and rugby. Andrew Osborne is the team’s specialist sports immigration practitioner, while Stephen O’Flaherty notably advises football, cricket and rugby teams on recruitment and transfer of players and coaches. Deputy co-chair John Shea remains a key name to note.