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Blackstone Chambers is a market-leading set of barristers able to deftly support clients worldwide on all manner of sports law issues. The barristers frequently appear in all UK courts and in arbitrations regarding commercial disputes, disciplinary proceedings, broadcasting rights, sponsorship deals and other disputes. The set is known for its high-profile representations of governing bodies including the FA, FIFA, the RFU, the ICC, UK Athletics, UEFA, the Horserace Betting Levy Board and many others. Members have experience and expertise regarding a wide variety of sports, including football, rugby, cricket, sailing and tennis.
Client service: "Blackstone's clerks are very prompt with their responses and are very helpful." "The clerks are friendly and efficient." Gary Oliver leads the clerking team.
Adam Lewis QC
He is widely regarded as the leading sports barrister in the UK, whose dedicated focus has led to him having an unrivalled knowledge and experience in the sector. He utilises his expertise to assist major clients with a broad spectrum of sport-related matters, including those in football, tennis, athletics and numerous other sports.
Strengths: "He is a market leader." "He is first rate and his sport knowledge is second to none."
Recent work: Acted for Premier Rugby Limited in its proceedings against Saracens for a breach of the salary cap.
Andrew Hunter QC
Praised for his highly intelligent and controlled approach. His practice regularly entails disciplinary and contractual disputes in football, motor racing and cycling.
Strengths: "He is smart and user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted for Wasps Rugby Club in various disciplinary hearings before the RFU Disciplinary Tribunal.
Ian Mill QC
A superb operator who receives countless plaudits for his expertise in commercial, disciplinary and regulatory cases. He regularly represents football clubs and their owners as claimants and defendants, and is known for being a tenacious advocate. He is active in commercial matters including fraud, forgery and breach of copyright.
Strengths: "He has a brilliant mind and a huge ability to deal with complex matters and simplify them." "He has persuasive drafting."
Recent work: Acted in Pakistan Cricket Board v Board of Control of Cricket in India, a case regarding an alleged breach of contractual obligations to undertake specified bipartite series.
James Segan QC
Continues to strengthen his presence in the sports law arena, with instructions in commercial, disciplinary and regulatory cases. He has a particular focus on disputes involving competition law.
Strengths: "He is really bright but also incredibly good with people."
Recent work: Acted for the Force India Formula 1 team in a trial concerning the non-payment of an allegedly agreed multimillion-euro commission in connection with a sponsorship deal.
Jane Mulcahy QC
A personable advocate who is widely praised for her bedside manner and pragmatic advice. She handles disputes and disciplinary hearings concerning doping, discrimination and unfair dismissal, including arbitration proceedings. She has recently focused on safeguarding and employment matters.
Strengths: "Incredibly impressive." "She is incisive with everything she does."
Recent work: Defended Daniel Sturridge against charges involving betting brought by the FA.
Kate Gallafent QC
She is singled out for her exemplary skills as an advocate in matters involving anti-doping and disciplinary hearings. She is experienced in a broad range of sports, including rugby, horse racing and athletics. She is particularly knowledgeable on safeguarding in sport.
Strengths: "She has a huge intellect, is very empathetic towards clients and is very easy to work with. She goes the extra mile for her client." "She has an excellent reputation."
Recent work: Acted for the FA in disciplinary proceedings brought by FIFA arising from alleged regulatory breaches regarding the transfer of youth players.
Nick de Marco QC
An outstanding practitioner and leading advocate with a widely held reputation at the Bar for being the foremost expert on football regulatory issues. He has recently also been involved in cricket cases.
Strengths: "He gives very sound advice and is a very approachable individual." "His breadth of knowledge is outstanding."
Recent work: Acted for the British Boxing Board of Control to resist an application for judicial review.
Paul Goulding QC
A leading figure in the employment law world, Paul Goulding QC is instructed in a variety of sport-related matters involving contract disputes, terminations and trade secrets. He is particularly active in matters relating to football as well as Formula 1.
Strengths: "He gives excellent service and we have confidence in his significant experience."
A high-quality junior who is gaining prominence for his sound advice on the regulatory frameworks in various sports. He has advocated before the CAS in disputes regarding football, rugby and athletics, as well as acting in related competition and contractual matters.
Strengths: "He has a good grasp of complicated anti-doping law and is succinct in his advice."
Recent work: Acted for the British Boxing Board of Control in a judicial review claim concerning an application for the reissue of a licence.
Robert Howe QC
An in-demand advocate for commercial and contract disputes with a media or copyright angle. He acts for both claimants and defendants in a variety of sports. His recent work has involved him in cases in horse racing, cricket and football.
Strengths: "He is measured, very intelligent, tenacious and will get to the bottom of issues."
An impressive practitioner who receives increasing acclaim for his expertise in sport matters, with notable experience in anti-doping, corruption and ethics disputes. He has recently been active in commercial sports cases, as well as handling disputes between different regulators.
Strengths: "He is doing great things."
Recent work: Acted in UTB v SUL, a dispute over the control of Sheffield United Football Club between the two 50% shareholders.
A valued adviser on a range of contentious sports law matters, including arbitration proceedings. He has considerable experience of acting for football clubs in disputes against agents and players. His recent focus has included competition law disputes.
Strengths: "He is extremely personable and has a genuine talent for interacting with clients."
Recent work: Acted for Birmingham City Football Club in disciplinary proceedings brought by the English Football League in relation to the rules on financial fair play.