Over recent weeks 4 New Square’s Dan Saoul has been involved in a number of high profile sporting disputes relating to selection for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Following on from his success for it in defending a selection challenge relating to the Commonwealth Games in 2010, he has acted as adviser to and advocate for the British Wrestling Association in relation to several Olympic selection appeals brought against the body, as well as in a subsequent dispute with the British Olympic Association regarding the selection of wrestlers for Team GB at London 2012.
In addition, Dan has acted for two highly decorated athletes challenging their non-selection for the Olympic team by British Rowing, one of them being an Olympic gold medallist, the other a world championships medallist.
He was also appointed as the independent chairman of British Fencing’s Olympic Selection Panel (and was required to defend his Panel’s decisions in the face of subsequent appeals, which were dismissed), and sat as sole arbitrator on a selection appeal brought by an athlete against British Shooting, as well as part of a panel that determined a highly controversial case involving British Taekwondo. This portfolio of work reflects Dan’s established presence as a leader in the sports law market.
He is not the only 4 New Square barrister to have acted on matters of this kind recently. Sue Carr QC, Graeme McPherson QC, Graeme Mew and Richard Liddell have also been instructed on Olympic sporting disputes this year, showcasing Chambers’ strength in depth in this field.