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George Spalton

Sports Law

George’s sports practice focuses on the following areas (i) disciplinary and regulatory work; (ii) governance and selection related issues and (iii) commercial work – whether general contractual advice or, more broadly, litigation or potential disputes between players/agents/clubs/professional bodies.

He is listed in the Legal 500 in the context of professional disciplinary work as a leading junior. Comments in the directories note his “real intellect”, being "an absolute pleasure to work with", an “up-and-coming star" who picks up the "key legal issues very quickly" and a junior who "really stands out for his commercial approach."  He has experience of a wide range of disciplinary bodies and Tribunals – including (in the sporting context) the BHA and tribunals convened pursuant to the Sports Resolutions Dispute Service.

By way of example of recent work, he has recently represented a British bobsleigh athlete in an appeal arising out of non-selection for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

George has built up considerable experience of acting for and against agents and he is currently instructed in a number of high value Football Association Rule K arbitrations on behalf of agents against current or former Premier League players.

George is also rated in the directories (Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners) for commercial litigation and international arbitration - areas of work which ties in well with commercial and international disputes in the sporting context.