Mr Martin Budworth > Kings Chambers > Manchester, England > Barrister Profile

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Martin is a prominent senior junior dealing with substantial pieces of litigation (often appearing alone against Queen’s Counsel). He has appeared in more than 45 reported/published cases which is testament to real strength across broad areas. Martin has been ranked consistently in the directories as a leading practitioner year on year since 2006; Chambers and Partners UK currently ranks him in no fewer than 4 practice areas. He served on the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel for five years. He carries a diverse practice as detailed below. His background in both commercial litigation and employment law made him well suited to issues in the sports law field and he continues to be nationally recognised for considerable experience in all aspects of sports law litigation and is ranked in Band 1 for the Regions. He also occasionally sits as an arbitrator in sports disputes, appointed by Sport Resolutions.

“all that Mr Budworth has so ably submitted” Etherton MR in Clearway v Miles Smith [2016]EWCACiv1258

“I recognise the force of the contrary submissions put by Mr Budworth” Lewis J in ASE plc v Kendrick [2014]EWHC2171


Inner Temple

British Association for Sport and the Law

Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association


Inner Temple

British Association for Sport and the Law

Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Professional negligence

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Martin Budworth – Kings Chambers

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Commercial litigation

Kings Chambers ‘is a go-to choice for commercial litigation matters’. Its member have national client bases, including major institutions, private sector businesses, and high-net-worth individuals. Andrew Grantham KC has a wide-ranging practice, and he handles claims involving business and share sales, the sale and carriage of goods, commercial fraud, and restrictive covenants and confidential information. In Northamber Plc v Interactive Education Solutions LtdMark Harper KC is representing a business in resisting a claim that it breached an exclusive supply agreement, causing alleged losses of £2m. The set is also home to Aidan Reay, who frequently appears in the High Court and County Court, Kelly Pennifer, who is strong on civil fraud and contractual disputes, and Neil Berragan, who is regularly before the specialist business and property courts. Martin Budworth acted for the claimant in Oakwell v BFC Investment Company, which concerns a claim for several million due to unpaid consideration from the sale of Barnsley FC to Chinese-American investors. Ben Harding is another active member of the set with a growing volume of trial and injunctive work.

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Sport

Kings Chambers is highly regarded for its ‘great depth’ in sport law. Paul Chaisty KC regularly represents premier clubs in high-profile commercial cases, and Martin Budworth is well known for his expertise in sports arbitration. David Casement KC ‘possesses excellent technical knowledge‘ and is highly regarded as ‘an expert in sports disputes and regulation‘. Steven Flynn‘s practice includes regulatory issues and contractual and commercial litigation. Rosie Kight is ‘an entirely approachable and down to earth advocate‘.

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Employment

Kings Chambers is praised as ‘a great set of chambers with great local barristers’ and its employment team acts for employers of all sizes. It also has a thriving High Court practice, with its members representing high-profile clients on complex breach of contract and restrictive covenant claims. Head of the employment group James Boyd predominately represents employers in his national practice. The set also houses employment law specialist Anisa Niaz-Dickinson, who acts for claimants and respondents in the Employment Tribunal and the Employment Appeal Tribunal, and Ben Williams, who is highly adept in cases in the health care context. Martin Budworth is skilled in restrictive covenant cases, as well as matters in the sports context ; he also represented the claimant in Cohen v Leicester Football Club, a case concerning the departure of the Leicester Tigers’ former CEO. Rosie Kight is another notable name – she acted for the respondent Allen v Primark Stores, a discrimination case concerning flexible working upon maternity leave – at issue was constructing the correct pool of comparators.