4 New Square barrister Daniel Saoul was instructed at short notice just two days before the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Games to represent the Montenegro Olympic Committee in a dispute before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) relating to the selection and participation of boxers at this year’s Olympics.
The CAS is sitting in London on an ad hoc basis during the Games period to hear urgent disputes relating to the Olympics. Another member of 4 New Square, Graeme Mew, has the distinction of being appointed as a CAS arbitrator, although he was not involved in this particular matter.
The dispute related to the decision of the Tripartite Commission (comprised of the International Olympic Committee, the International Boxing Association and the Association of National Olympic Committees) to award a discretionary place in the men’s Olympic boxing competition to Montenegrin boxer Bosko Draskovic. Irish applicant Joseph Ward claimed the place should have been awarded to him. The appeal was heard in a hotel in Central London late on the 25 July. A decision is expected imminently.
This work follows hot on the heels of an array of other Olympic matters in which 4 New Square’s barristers have been instructed. As mentioned, Graeme Mew will be sitting on the CAS during the Games, and has already determined the British Rhythmic Gymnasts’ successful appeal against their non-selection for the Games (see article here).
In addition, Daniel Saoul sat on the tribunal that determined Aaron Cook’s appeal against his non-selection by British Taekwondo (see related press coverage here), and acted for the British Wrestling Association in its challenge to the British Olympic Association’s decision to withdraw from it two host nation places for the Games (see related coverage here). He was also appointed by British Fencing to chair its independent Olympic selection panel, and separately advised a world championship medallist rower on a selection appeal.
Richard Liddell also acted for a rower in a selection dispute with British Rowing – for Sydney 2000 gold medallist Rowley Douglas (see related coverage here), whilst Graeme McPherson QC successfully represented an international athlete in a challenge to a selection decision by British Shooting. Richard O’Brien also advised a national governing body on immigration matters, helping it to secure citizenship – and Olympic participation for Team GB – for an elite athlete who has lived in the UK for several years.
Finally, Head of Chambers Sue Carr QC has recently acted as arbitrator in an Olympic case, determining a selection appeal on behalf of British Pentathlon.
The quality and volume of these instructions illustrates the burgeoning nature of 4 New Square’s sports law practice and its dominance of the selection and disciplinary disputes arising out of this year’s Games.
This has also been recognised by Chambers’ appointment to the London 2012 Pro Bono Service, set up by the Law Society, the Bar Council and Sports Resolutions to provide legal advice to athletes and governing bodies during the Games, as well as Graeme McPherson QC and Daniel Saoul’s individual appointments to the London 2012 Advocates Panel, which offers experienced sports law advocates to parties involved in CAS disputes during London 2012.
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