UK Bar: Sports 2019

Here we recognise 32 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
Silks
1. Adam Lewis QC  Blackstone Chambers 
2. Ian Mill QC   Blackstone Chambers 
3. Nick De Marco QC   Blackstone Chambers 
4. Jim Sturman QC  2 Bedford Row 
Juniors
1. John Mehrzad  Littleton Chambers 
2. James Segan   Blackstone Chambers

Silks

Blackstone Chambers once again showcases its pre-eminent sports offering in our research this year, with 11 silks recognised for their excellence.
Adam Lewis QC is “a really smart lawyer” who “definitely knows his stuff” according to sources. Interviewees note that they “see him in very big international cases” and consider him “one of the go-to people” for sports advocacy work.
Ian Mill QC is “very strong in football disputes” say sources. They comment that he is “extremely on the ball” and “an extremely good advocate”, particularly when it comes to sports arbitration.
Nick De Marco QC is “a well-prepared and very thorough advocate” who is “beguilingly persuasive” according to sources. He is a top name for sports law, an area in which peers say, “He knows it inside out.”
Kate Gallafent QC is recognised for her first-class sports law practice, where respondents highlight her “great horse racing work” and report that she is “definitely a leading specialist in safeguarding issues”.
Andrew Hunter QC “has a lovely manner” according to peers, who add that “his arguments are bang on” and praise his impressive work on disciplinary and commercial cases.

At 2 Bedford Row, Jim Sturman QC stands out as one of the foremost barristers at the sports Bar. He is recognised by peers for his excellent work on football and horse racing-related cases. 
Mark Milliken-Smith QC is “an exceptional advocate, a shrewd tactician and a very strong team player”, according to sources. He draws high praise for his “preparation and advocacy skills” as well as his “attention to detail and client care”.

Paul Harris QC at Monckton Chambers is “hugely well regarded” in the sports space. He is described by peers as “a very bright and strong advocate”, and wins praise for his work on arbitration and litigation proceedings.

At Matrix Chambers, Nicholas Randall QC is well known for his top-tier representation of high-profile individuals and clubs across the sports sector. He is highly sought after by clients for his “easy manner” and strong knowledge of the area.

At 4 New Square, Daniel Saoul QC is “a brilliant barrister” according to market commentators who say he is “very strong, especially in doping work”.
Murray Rosen QC has “a massive sports practice” and stands out among peers for his deep understanding of commercial and regulatory disputes.
Graeme McPherson QC is a well-respected advocate who regularly represents individuals and governing bodies in complex commercial disputes across the sports sector. 

Juniors

At Littleton Chambers, John Mehrzad wins high praise from sources, one of whom notes: “He is a truly gifted advocate who possesses a remarkable ability to identify and solve complex issues concerning the law in relation to sport.”

James Segan at Blackstone Chambers is “a silk in waiting”, say peers, who commend his “super sports practice” and note, “He pitches to a panel perfectly.”

At 3RB, Louis Weston is an “excellent advocate” who is “a real expert in horse racing” according to respondents. They note he “wears the barrister and consulting hats well”.

Fiona Banks at Monckton Chambers “always inspires utter confidence in her knowledge, approach and work” say peers who commend her “clarity of thought and pragmatism”. 

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