Littleton Chambers

Sport Department

London (Bar)
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The set's practice in this area is chiefly grounded in employed-related work, and its top-ranking barristers regularly pick up a respectable share of the high-value contractual disputes which inevitably arise in the context of the Premier League transfer window. Members act in FA Rule K arbitrations as well as in relation to unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistle-blowing and other employment claims in a variety of sports including cycling, tennis, golf and Formula 1. They are also au fait with the regulatory and disciplinary frameworks of horse racing and rugby.

Client service: "The clerks have been helpful whenever I have made enquiries and when I have been to chambers events." Jason Drakeford leads the team.

John Mehrzad QC
A strong new silk who enjoys a growing profile in contractual and regulatory sports matters, often utilising his employment law expertise in cases pertaining to sports governance. He possesses particular knowledge of selection disputes and discrimination issues. His practice concentrates on cycling, horse racing and football.
Strengths: "Extremely personable, quick to respond and, as well as an employment law specialist, he is a very good sports law all-rounder." "We appreciated the time he took to understand the wider landscape of the case, rather than just rushing into things."
Recent work: Acted as chair of the independent review into governance of the British Equestrian Federation.

Paul Gilroy QC
An impressive barrister who specialises in employment-related disputes, with highly praised expertise in cases involving football managers. He has also been involved in cases within rugby, swimming and boxing.
Strengths: "A formidable opponent who has won a number of important cases and has attracted great clients."
Recent work: Successfully obtained a stay of High Court proceedings wrongly commenced in a dispute between Everton FC and Mercato Sports, where the latter claimed a finder's fee in respect of a new signing for the club. It was found that the only claim available to Mercato was via arbitration.