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Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended
WWL Ranking: Recommended

National Leader

UK Bar - Sports - Silks 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Richard Liddell QC is “very thorough, measured, extraordinarily hard-working with a great command of detail” and “cuts to the key issues quickly”. Sources note he is “an outstanding advocate”.


Rick’s practice covers four areas: sports law, commercial disputes (including international arbitration), professional liability claims and construction litigation.

He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2020.

Rick is a highly regarded sports law barrister and regularly appears before sports tribunals, including the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland (CAS). Rick relishes his role as an advocate.

Rick is instructed in both sports commercial disputes and sports disciplinary matters. He acts for various governing bodies and for athletes/players and is currently retained in a number of significant matters involving anti-doping issues, safeguarding in sport and on-field misconduct. Rick is also often retained in football-related disputes.

Rick’s recent sports cases include: acted for a Spanish football club in an appeal to CAS from a decision of the FIFA Players’ Status Committee; acted for World Rugby in an anti-doping appeal in CAS; acted for the South African Institute for Drug Free Sport in an anti-doping proceedings brought against a Springbok player; acted for one of the Barbarians FC rugby players in disciplinary proceedings brought by the RFU for breaches of the COVID-19 protocols and regulations.

Rick is also an experienced arbitrator in sports disputes, particularly relating to football, and was recently on the panel in the Wigan FC appeal. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of Law in Sport.

Rick also has a strong arbitration practice and is involved in a number of high-value ICC and LCIA Arbitrations with seats in Dubai, Abu Dhabi (ADGM) and Paris. The subject matter of his arbitration practice ranges from sports law to construction disputes to insurance coverage disputes.

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