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2 Bedford Row

Sport

2 ranked barristersBand 3London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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The barristers at 2 Bedford Row are well suited to complex cases at the intersection of sports law and criminal law. The set has been instructed in many high-profile cases regarding leading sports clubs, governing associations and individuals active in sports such as tennis, football, rugby, cricket and others. Members often act in cases concerning corruption, match-fixing and betting, regulatory breaches and other disciplinary proceedings.

Client service:

An interviewee describes those at the set as "knowledgeable and thorough." John Grimmer is the senior clerk.

Strengths:

Jim Sturman QC
An outstanding criminal lawyer widely regarded as the go-to barrister for football disciplinary hearings. He has experience of acting for both defendants and governing bodies, and also assists clients with investigations and allegations of corruption and breach of ethics. He is active both nationally and internationally.
"He is very user-friendly and a very good trial lawyer."
Recent work: Represented AFC Wimbledon when the club was charged with a breach of EFL rules after referring to MK Dons as 'Milton Keynes' or 'MK' during a League One match and not mentioning the rivals on the programme cover.

Strengths:

Mark Milliken-Smith QC
An experienced silk with a background in criminal law, who has carved out a niche as an advocate in rugby disciplinary proceedings and who is also active in cricket cases. His principal strengths include anti-doping, tapping up and spot-fixing allegations.
"He is a thoroughly decent person to work with and an excellent advocate." "He is first-class at simplifying complex matters and providing practical solutions to difficult problems."

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2 Bedford Row

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2 Bedford Row

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Sport


Jim Sturman QC
Band 1
Mark Milliken-Smith QC
Band 3