Mr James Eighteen > Northridge Law LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Northridge Law LLP
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Work Department

Litigation and Arbitration


James has for many years been a key advisor to governing bodies such as The FA, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), the Greyhound Board of Great Britain and Premiership Rugby on a range of contentious and regulatory matters. In addition, James advises individuals and teams, regularly appearing before disciplinary panels, the High Court and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

His recent highlights include acting for the BHA on a series of high-profile anti-doping cases, advising Premiership Rugby on its investigation into Leicester Tigers for breaches of salary cap regulations (having previously led on the high-profile salary cap prosecution of Saracens) and advising Middlesbrough FC on their complex, and ground breaking, financial fair play arbitration proceedings against Derby County.


2017 – Present: Founding Partner, Northridge Law LLP
2016 – 2017: Partner, Charles Russell Speechlys
2013 – 2016: Senior Associate, Charles Russell Speechlys
2008 – 2013: Associate, Charles Russell Speechlys
2006 – 2008: Trainee, Charles Russell Speechlys




British Association for Sports and Law


College of Law LPC (2005)
Nottingham University, Law (2004)

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading individuals)

James EighteenNorthridge Law LLP

Sports boutique Northridge Law LLP acts for a wide variety of clients in the sector, including athletes, clubs and governing bodies. Commercial litigator Jonathan Ellis leads the team, with clients including the FA. Co-head Ian Lynam offers expertise in financial regulation, data, M&A, rules and regulations, sponsorship agreements, transfers, player contracts and image rights. Jon Walters is recommended for dealing with governance, corporate investment and acquisitions, and commercial rights deals. Other integral members within the practice include James Eighteen and Paul Shapiro, with the latter focusing on sporting commercial and regulatory issues, such as sponsorship, merchandising, and image rights structures. Beyond partner level, managing associate Oliver Harland specialises in litigation and contentious regulatory matters for sports governing bodies. Fellow managing associates Mike Herbert and George Willis add to the depth of the firm’s offering.