Rory Mac Neice > Ashfords LLP > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Ashfords LLP

Work Department

Professional Negligence; Dispute Resolution; Sport; Technology.


Rory is a Partner and head of our Dispute Resolution Team. He specialises in advising on disputes in the Tech and Sports sectors.


Within the Sports sector, Rory advises individuals, clubs and team sponsors and right holders on issues arising both on and off the field of play and has appeared as advocate in over 400 cases before Sports Regulatory Tribunals. Rory has advised in relation to sports regulatory matters arising in many jurisdictions including UK, Ireland, France, Spain, North America, Dubai and India. His focus is on anti-doping regulation and issues arising out of match/ race fixing allegations.

In the Tech sector, Rory’s work includes advising clients on disputes relating to IT infrastructure, cloud technology, and e-commerce including trading platform design and implementation.

Rory also has a well-established and respected practice advising lenders in respect of negligent and fraudulent transactions bringing claims against valuers, solicitors and mortgage brokers including for two well-known high street clearing banks.

Rory advises clients on product liability and regulatory issues including advising on emergency response, reputation management and product recall decisions.

“Rory’s knowledge of racing is so valuable and [his clients] would always trust his expert opinion.” He is also praised for his “sound tactical approach.” Legal 500 2018

Rory Mac Neice ‘leaves no stone unturned’ Legal 500 2018

He is recognised  for being “tenacious and hardworking. A born fighter noted for his bold style and perseverance – he never gives up and can win against the odds.” Chambers and Partners 2015

“Puts a lot into is cases”  “a tough opponent”  Chambers and Partners 2015

“Very decisive , extremely articulate during hearings and who simplifies complicated issues” Chambers and Partners 2013

Sources hail him as “a thoughtful litigator who is brilliant at finding the opponent’s weakness” Chambers and Partners 2012.

Lawyer Rankings

South West > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport

(Leading individuals)

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Ashfords LLP stands out for its expertise in the horseracing sector, where it offers comprehensive advice to a range of clients on contentious and non-contentious matters. The team’s disputes work includes frequently representing jockeys in appealing decisions by racecourse stewards, and it also represents trainers and owners in litigation. Cases involving injuries to horses are another area of focus. Beyond horseracing, the practice provides input on employment disputes, sponsorship deals and the development of sport facilities for clients involved in golf, football and cricket. Practice head Rory Mac Neice is a former jockey with deep experience in horseracing, while Andrew Braithwaite handles commercial agreements involving sports clients. Associate Joanne Saye is also a specialist in horseracing matters.

South West > Insurance > Professional negligence

Ashfords LLP acts for companies and private individuals in claims against professionals including surveyors, solicitors and accountants. Rory Mac Neice co-leads the team and also handles the general litigation practice; he handles claims against a range of professionals, with a particular focus on claims against veterinary professionals related to bloodsports. Victoria Bonnet also serves as practice co-head and focuses on disputes related to property transactions, while Stephen Homer handles claims in the construction sector. Senior associate Chris Freeman is noted for his work advising lenders on claims.

South West > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Bristol

Ashfords LLP ‘gives a real feeling of confidence’ to a variety of regional, national and international clients spanning the technology, retail, professional services, sport and financial services sectors; the group also acts in regulatory and risk-related litigation. Rory Mac Neice leads the team and excels in the technology and financial spaces, while Ben Derrington leads the firm’s risk team, which is active in the construction, waste, food and manufacturing sectors, and handles regulatory disputes. Ian Manners joined the team from DAC Beachcroft LLP in late 2021, and Joanne Saye is the key name at associate level.

South West > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall

According to clients, ‘reassurance, promptness and clarity are the main traits’ associated with Ashfords LLP, which is a key name in the market for shareholder and corporate disputes and professional negligence claims, where the team regularly acts for financial institutions. The Exeter-based practice is also developing its expertise in defamation and reputation management work and contractual disputes. Rory Mac Neice heads up the regional department from Bristol, and Andrew Perkins is the go-to name in Exeter; Perkins is particularly adept in shareholder litigation. Senior associate Anusheh Burcher is also singled out for energy sector claims.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

Ashfords LLP‘s disputes practice covers contractual issues, emergency relief, contempt of court proceedings, fraud, asset and tracing claims, and company and partnership disputes. The team also assists with claims against company directors, multi-jurisdictional disputes, professional negligence and debt recovery. London dispute resolution head James Crighton is increasingly sought out for contempt of court proceedings; and Rory Mac Neice in Bristol is the firm-wide practice head. Senior associate Chris Freeman is a specialist in professional negligence and technology sector disputes.