Our Expertise

Sports Law

Recognised in the directories as one of the leading sets for Sports Law, 4 New Square’s barristers combine their passion for sport with their experience, expertise and advocacy skills fostered in commercial litigationprofessional disciplinary matters and other specialist fields of expertise.

We are frequently instructed in high profile or sensitive cases on behalf of governing bodies, clubs, agents and individual athletes. This includes prosecuting major cases for regulators, as well as acting for participants whose livelihood is at risk. Our work spans both international matters (including before the Court of Arbitration for Sport) as well as domestic issues. Our silks and juniors are to be found regularly appearing in courts, specialist tribunals and inquiries on a diverse range of sport-related matters and across the full range of sports.

Members of Chambers also assist sporting bodies in non-contentious aspects of sporting governance. For example, we regularly advise on constitutional matters as well as legal issues relating to funding or sponsorship, and we have significant experience of drafting selection, disciplinary or anti-doping policies for national governing bodies.

Our barristers also play a significant role in resolving sporting disputes as arbitrators and tribunal members. Our team includes members of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the National Anti-Doping Panel, Sport Resolutions’ Panel of Arbitrators, and the British Horseracing Authority’s disciplinary panel amongst others. Murray Rosen KC (first Chair) and Graeme McPherson KC (panel member) were appointed to the Premier League’s new Judicial Panel in April 2020. Affiliate Jeff Benz was appointed in 2019 as chair of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Infractions Referral Committee and as a member of its Independent Resolution Panel and in the 2022 Court of Arbitration for Sport Ad Hoc Division at the Beijing Olympic Winter Games.

    A number of our barristers are Direct Access qualified and so are able in appropriate cases to accept instructions directly from athletes, national governing bodies and other organisations without requiring the involvement of a solicitor.

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    Legal 500

    “At the top of the field on high-profile sports disputes."

    Chambers & Partners

    "The barristers at 4 New Square are extremely good on the law. Their pre-trial work is excellent and they are always quick to pick up on the legal issues."

    Legal 500, UK Bar Guide: Sport

    “In terms of top-level expertise and depth, 4 New Square is among the top two sets in the market.”

    Legal 500

    ”Our go to set when it comes to sports work.”

    Accreditations

    Sports Law Barristers

    Murray Rosen KC

    Call: 1976 Silk: 1993

    Graeme McPherson KC

    Call: 1993 Silk: 2008

    Daniel Saoul KC

    Call: 2008 Silk: 2019

    Richard Liddell KC

    Call: 1999 Silk: 2020

    George Spalton KC

    Call: 2004 Silk: 2021

    Andrew Nicol

    Call: 1991

    Scott Allen

    Call: 2000

    Carl Troman

    Call: 2001

    Kendrah Potts

    Call: 2017    Solicitor: 2006

    Tom Shepherd

    Call: 2008

    Chris Greenwood

    Call: 2009

    Ben Smiley

    Call: 2009

    Nicholas Broomfield

    Call: 2010

    Pippa Manby

    Call: 2010

    Theo Barclay

    Call: 2013

    Mark Cullen

    Call: 2013

    Diarmuid Laffan

    Call: 2014

    William Harman

    Call: 2016

    Seohyung Kim

    Call: 2016

    Carola Binney

    Call: 2019

    William Birch

    Call: 2021

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