Our Sports Law team has extensive experience representing participants, governing bodies and stakeholders in a range of sports, concerning financial and commercial disputes, employment disputes, regulatory issues and disciplinary issues.

Sports in relation to which members have provided advice and representation include football, rugby union, rugby league, cricket, boxing, cycling, golf and athletics. In particular, members of our Sports Law team have represented Manchester City FC, Leeds United FC, West Bromwich Albion FC, Peterborough United FC, Blackpool FC, the Trinidad and Tobago national football team, the Gibraltar national football team, Mario Balotelli, Jay-Jay Okocha, Jonny Wilkinson, Sven-Göran Eriksson, the Gibraltar Football Association, Leicester Tigers RFC, Sale Sharks RFC, the Welsh Rugby Union, Bradford Bulls RLFC, Kent County Cricket Club, the England and Wales Cricket Board, Ricky Hatton, the British Cycling Federation, the British Triathlon Association, the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association and Seattle Sport Sciences, Inc.

Members of our Sports Law team appear before civil courts in England & Wales and overseas, arbitral tribunals and sports disciplinary bodies, including the Court of Arbitration for Sport, FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber, FA Rule K Arbitrations and FA Regulatory Commissions.

Typical examples of recent work by members of our Sports Law team include advising a group of FA Premier League clubs in respect of financial distributions from broadcasting rights being affected by COVID-19; advising FA Premier League clubs in commercial disputes with kit suppliers and sponsors; representing an EFL League Two footballer in an appeal against a decision of a FA Regulatory Commission on an anti-doping rule violation; advising two Gibraltar national football team players in respect of claims concerning distributions paid by UEFA to the players’ domestic teams; advising on contractual terms for the sale of a football club; representing a leading sports technology manufacturer in a claim for passing off; and representing the Welsh RFU to block abuse of the secondary ticket market.

Several members of our Sports Law team are Public Access qualified and therefore in appropriate circumstances can accept instructions directly from participants, governing bodies and stakeholders without requiring the involvement of a solicitor.

Where needed our Sports Law team also has the benefit of drawing on expertise from other members of Chambers with specialist practices in personal injury, employment law, reputation management, commercial law and insolvency law.

International sports law is a developing area and we are able to provide comprehensive assistance. For example we recently advised and were instrumental in achieving a satisfactory settlement for the Trinidad international team, following disputes arising from its participation in the World Cup.

Sports Law barristers

Thomas Horton

Call: 2015

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Claire Errington

Call: 2021

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Nicholas Leah

Call: 2022

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Darren Whitbread

Senior Practice Manager

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  +44 (0)20 7415 7807
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Bradly Patterson

Practice Manager

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