Kings Chambers

Sport Department

The Regions (Bar)
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The barristers at Kings Chambers handle all manner of sports law cases, from agent disputes and other challenging contractual cases, to disciplinary hearings for footballers, boxers and jockeys. With such a diverse range of skills and expertise on offer, the set is well equipped to act for governing bodies as well as individual athletes. The set counts many high-profile sports clubs among its clients, including Premier League football clubs. "It is an excellent chambers and unquestionably the leading set outside of London for sport law," says one commentator.

Client service: "The clerks are helpful, upfront and honest – Gary Young and Harry Young will always make sure the client is looked after and provide a fantastic all-round clerking service." Gary Young is the chief clerk for sports law.

David Casement QC

Highly experienced barrister with one of the most impressive sports offerings outside London. He is recognised for his diverse practice as an arbitrator, counsel and panel chair.
Strengths: "He is a real team player, he is technically excellent and he is an extremely good communicator." "He is really good at seeing the bigger picture."
Recent work: Instructed by Manchester City Football Club to obtain injunctions to protect its premises from a group of individuals practising parkour.

Martin Budworth

Well versed in employment-related disputes, especially those relating to football. He is also adept at handling cases concerning the Olympics and cycling. He sits as an arbitrator for Sport Resolutions and the Football League.
Strengths: "The go-to sports junior outside of London. He is hugely experienced and well liked by clients." "He is very proactive and user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted for businessman Laurence Bassini in a number of injunction hearings and other actions to enforce specific performance of a share purchase agreement in relation to the takeover of Bolton Wanderers.

Steven Flynn

Trusted by players and governing bodies alike for his astute counsel in proceedings examining conduct within the game. He is active in RFU and FA misconduct hearings, as well as internal club disciplinary matters, and commercial disputes.
Strengths: "Thoroughly confident and liked by judges. He has a gentle but persuasive manner, and is also technically very astute."
Recent work: Represented Peter Beardsley, Newcastle United’s U23 coach, in internal disciplinary processes, in Employment Tribunal proceedings and as junior before the FA Regulatory Panel after Beardsley was accused of making racist comments towards players.