In this chapter, WWL presents 39 barristers for their outstanding work representing sporting individuals, teams, clubs, and domestic and international sporting associations and regulatory bodies in disciplinary, contractual, regulatory and commercial disputes before the relevant authorities.
Most highly regarded
Blackstone Chambers sits at the top of the bar with 12 listings this year.
Nick De Marco QC is lauded as “a brilliant advocate who wrote the book on sports law”. He represents governing bodies, players, sponsors and broadcasters in a broad range of matters.
Adam Lewis QC gains recognition as “the doyen of the sports market”, with three decades of experience representing big-name clients in complex disputes.
Kate Gallafent QC is described as “one of the nicest people and smoothest sports advocates you will ever meet” by respondents who claim she is “really magnificent for safeguarding issues”.
Michael Beloff QC is a key name in the market, with an impressive 50-plus years of experience working on high-profile sports disputes.
Jane Mulcahy QC earns acclaim for her deep expertise in sports arbitration and mediation.
Ian Mill QC is revered as a sports specialist and “go-to for commercial work”, with one peer adding, “You do not stand a chance against him in court.”
Paul Goulding QC is known as a “fantastic advocate for employment disputes” and is highly sought after by football clubs and players for unfair dismissal claims and contractual disputes.
Christopher Quinlan QC at Guildhall Chambers is recognised by peers as “the top barrister for rugby disputes”.
Murray Rosen QC at 4 New Square is a leading silk who has “done great things with the Premier League” and is “one of the top barristers for international sports disputes”.
David Casement QC of Kings Chambers is in high demand for sports-related litigation and arbitration.
John Mehrzad QC from Littleton Chambers stands out for his profound knowledge of international employment and sports law.
Caspar Glyn QC of Cloisters Chambers is a go-to silk for sports disputes regarding wrongful dismissals and damages claims.
Sean Jones QC with 11KBW secures endorsements as “a fantastic practitioner” who regularly represents football players, managers and staff in complicated disputes.
2 Bedford Row’s Mark Milliken-Smith QC is recognised as an established name with an enviable record for high-profile sports cases.
Jim Sturman QC at 2 Bedford Row is “just brilliant for sports disputes”, with one peer stating, “Football managers would say that retaining Jim in a disciplinary matter would get your team another six points over a season.”
4 New Square’s Kendrah Potts is “a particularly outstanding advocate who is excellent at cross-examination and produces first-class written work”. She if further commended as “extremely thorough and hard-working”.
Jeffrey Benz is lauded by respondents as “a leading anti-doping arbitrator” in the market, having amassed extensive experience as the former general counsel of the Unites States Olympic Committee.
Fiona Banks at Monckton Chambers is “a really fantastic sports specialist” who regularly represents national governing bodies, individual players, managers and clubs in disciplinary issues, arbitration proceedings and High Court matters.
Martin Budworth of Kings Chambers “is quick to grasp the key issues of a case and also very good at anticipating how a case will run, and what arguments the other side are likely to advance”.
Jonathan Crystal with Goldsmith Chambers is a favourite among peers and clients for his work on high-value commercial disputes and regulatory issues in the sports industry.
Grahame Anderson from Littleton Chambers comes “highly recommended” for his expansive knowledge of employment and sports law.
At Outer Temple Chambers, Louis Weston is a seasoned junior with a detailed understanding of sports regulation and the horseracing industry.