Sports Law

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4 New Square maintains a very strong sports law practice. Chambers is widely recognised for offering expertise  across the full range of matters in this sector. We are ranked as a leading set by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.

Our barristers have significant experience in sports law, in which they combine their passion for sport as well as their experience, expertise and advocacy skills fostered in commercial litigation, professional disciplinary matters and other specialist fields of expertise. 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. 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.

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 QC (first Chair) and Graeme McPherson QC (panel member) were appointed to the Premier League’s new Judicial Panel in April 2020.

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.