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4 New Square maintains a very strong sports practice and continues to be widely recognised and regarded for offering expertise in the field of sports law – both in the sub-specialities of sports disciplinary law and commercial sporting disputes. Drawing on their passion for sport as well as their experience, expertise and advocacy skills fostered in commercial litigation and professional disciplinary matters, a number of the set’s silks and juniors are to be found regularly appearing in disciplinary tribunals and investigative inquiries (for both regulatory authorities and participants) across a diverse range of sports and are frequently instructed in high-profile cases in the sporting arena. For example, Chambers is the first port of call to prosecute cases for the British Horseracing Authority, and individual members have also been instructed in significant cases in the worlds of professional football and rugby, as well as across the Olympic and motor sports.

Members of Chambers also assist sporting bodies in non-contentious aspects of sporting governance. Amongst other things, they have been responsible for drafting the Sports Spread Betting Association’s standard terms and conditions, assisting in the updating of the Orders and Rules of Horse Racing, and advising a number of Olympic National Governing Bodies on their selection procedures for London 2012.

Chambers also boasts a Judicial Officer for the International Rugby Board, a Specialist Member of the Football Association Judicial Panel and a member of the BHA’s disciplinary panel, as well as having members of various panels of arbitrators and mediators in the U.K and internationally, including the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (American Arbitration Association), Sports Resolutions and the National Anti-Doping Panel. Members of Chambers are also recommended in this field by the leading directories, Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500.

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