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5 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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The barristers at Littleton Chambers continue to go from strength to strength when it comes to sports law disputes. They act for sporting organisations and individuals on commercial, employment and sport-specific regulatory issues. Members regularly appear in cases concerning anti-doping charges, wrongful dismissals, defamation, breaches of contracts and others. The set has broad experience across many sports, such as football, rugby, athletics, cycling, horse racing and boxing. Members regularly appear in the UK courts as well as before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.

Client service:

"The clerks are on the ball and get back on the day of contact with quotes." "The clerks are very helpful and responsive, and work well as a team." Jason Drakeford is the senior clerk.

Strengths:

Ashley Cukier
Ashley Cukier frequently represents players and governing bodies in cases concerning sports rule breaches. He has particular strength in cases concerning football and boxing.
"He is very responsive and his advice is practical."
Recent work: Sat on the three-member arbitral panel for the disciplinary proceedings brought against Macclesfield Town FC by the EFL, following a repeated failure by the club to pay its players.

Strengths:

David Reade QC
David Reade QC has a well-respected sports law practice and frequently works on cases regarding football, cycling and rugby. He regularly handles discrimination and defamation claims, as well as whistle-blower actions.
"He is able to give very quick and authoritative advice on even the most complicated or unusual matters."
Recent work: Acted for Jess Varnish in connection with the allegations of sex discrimination in selection for the GB cycling team.

Strengths:

John Mehrzad QC
John Mehrzad QC is a strong barrister 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.
"He is authoritative and incredibly responsive."
Recent work: Carried out an independent review into UK Athletics’ decisions concerning Mo Farah’s coaching by Alberto Salazar at the Nike Oregon Project, considering Salazar was banned for five years for anti-doping violations.

Strengths:

Lydia Banerjee
Lydia Banerjee enjoys a strong reputation for her expertise regarding discrimination and unfair dismissal issues. She is noted for her experience acting before sport-related employment tribunals and in agency fees disputes.
"Incredibly capable and has an excellent manner." "She has a spectacular ability to concentrate for a long period of time and she is really thorough."
Recent work: Acted for Chelsea FC in Employment Tribunal proceedings concerning claims of unfair dismissal made by Antonio Conte.

Strengths:

Paul Gilroy QC
Paul Gilroy QC is 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.
"He is astute, user-friendly and a fantastic cross-examiner."
Recent work: Represented Richard Keogh in an appeal and arbitration claim arising from his wrongful dismissal from Derby County FC.

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Littleton Chambers

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3 King's Bench Walk North

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Greater London

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Ranked Barristers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Sport


David Reade QC
Band 4
John Mehrzad QC
Band 4
Paul Gilroy QC
Band 3

Juniors

London (Bar)

Sport


Ashley Cukier
Up and Coming
Lydia Banerjee
Band 4