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UK Bar: Sports 2018

In this chapter we highlight 32 leading barristers who stand out for their excellent work representing sporting individuals, teams, clubs, domestic and international sporting associations and regulatory bodies in disciplinary, contractual, regulatory and commercial disputes before the relevant authorities.  

Most Highly Regarded
Silks
1. Adam Lewis QC Blackstone Chambers
2. Ian Mill QC Blackstone Chambers
3. Jim Sturman QC 2 Bedford Row
4. Andrew Hunter QC Blackstone Chambers
Juniors
1. Daniel Saoul 4 New Square
2. James Segan Blackstone Chambers

Silks

BLACKSTONE CHAMBERS demonstrates its leading sports offering this year with 11 silks nominated.
Adam Lewis QC is one of the pre-eminent silks practising sports law, with respondents noting that “his breadth of knowledge is unsurpassed” and that he is the “standout silk” in the field. He has a specialist sports law practice involving areas such as disciplinary and club/player disputes as well as commercial media issues.
Ian Mill QC is considered “the foremost sports lawyer” at the Bar, with peers noting, that he “takes no prisoners” and is “a formidable opponent”. He is recognised for his excellent work acting on behalf of governing bodies, managers and broadcasters.
Andrew Hunter QC has “an exceptional manner of advocacy”, and is a silk who “matches his approach to the needs of the case”. He has a distinguished sports law practice that spans areas such as disciplinary and commercial cases.
Michael Beloff QC’s wide-ranging practice includes representing all types of clients, from sports clubs and bodies to individual athletes. He has “a legendary reputation” and is described by sources as “the godfather of sports law”.
A “rising force in sports law” Kate Gallafent QC has a distinguished practice and is noted by peers for her excellent work in anti-doping, child protection and discrimination issues.
Jane Mulcahy QC is spoken highly of by peers, who praise her work before the High Court and Court of Appeal in matters relating to employment, regulatory and disciplinary issues.
The “tremendous” David Pannick QC focuses his sports law practice on areas such as related entertainment and media, an area in which he is considered a real specialist.
Paul Goulding QC is rated highly by respondents. In addition to chairing FA commission hearings, his work involves unfair dismissal claims and contractual disputes.
“Exceptional” Nick De Marco QC was a standout name at the junior Bar before taking silk, whose practice encompasses disciplinary and doping hearings, contract disputes and commercial claims.

At 2 BEDFORD ROW, Jim Sturman QC is noted by peers for his “outstanding cross-examination” ability, “particularly when it comes to football matters”. He boasts experience both advising and representing football industry players.

MATRIX CHAMBERSNicholas Randall QC is one of the pre-eminent sports law practitioners in the country. His work covers areas including cricket and rugby, and peers note he is “particularly talented at football work”.

MONCKTON CHAMBERSPaul Harris QC is noted by peers for his adept handling of complex matters, most notably when acting for high-profile clients in relation to arbitral disputes and broadcasting rights.

CLOISTERS CHAMBERSCaspar Glyn QC has an impressive sports law practice and is renowned for his exceptional work in relation to wrongful dismissal and damages claims.

LITTLETON CHAMBERSPaul Gilroy QC has a well-regarded sports law practice that incorporates areas including litigation, advisory work and regulation. He is well versed in representing clients in High Court proceedings as well before the FA Premier League Managers Arbitration Tribunal.


Juniors

At 4 NEW SQUARE, Daniel Saoul is noted by peers for his reputation as “a leading junior for sports disputes and sports regulatory work”. Respondents effuse he has “a razor-sharp mind combined with thoroughly commercial instincts”.

BLACKSTONE CHAMBERSJames Segan is an outstanding junior who draws high praise for his excellent work in sports disciplinary hearings. Peers state he has “a real deftness of touch” and is “an extremely effective prosecutor”.

LITTLETON CHAMBERSJohn Mehrzad is “a prominent junior” who respondents note is a definite inclusion for nomination. He is one the leading barristers dealing with domestic sports appeals and is also highlighted for his contract disputes work.

At 3PB BARRISTERS Louis Weston is recognised by interviewees as a specialist when it comes to horse and greyhound racing matters. His practice spans a range of sports-related matters including doping and the enforcement of regulatory decisions. 

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