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Littleton Chambers

Sport

4 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 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 really friendly and helpful." "The clerking is first class." Jason Drakeford is the senior clerk.

Strengths:

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 technically outstanding." "He is very calm and assured and is extremely good with clients."
Recent work: Represented a respondent in disciplinary proceedings brought against him by England Boxing regarding alleged breaches of the England Boxing Code of Conduct at a national boxing event staged by the respondent.

Strengths:

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 brilliant - great in tribunal and a real asset." "He is extremely personable with clients and instructing solicitors."
Recent work: Acted for Jess Varnish in her claim against British Cycling and UK Sport concerning alleged sex discrimination in the selection process for the GB cycling team.

Strengths:

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.
"John is a fantastic lawyer and his knowledge of the law and how to interpret it in relation to sport is second to none." "He is incredibly prompt and user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted for Cardiff City in FC Nantes v Cardiff City Football Club, a case initially heard before the FIFA Player Status Committee and subsequently appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The dispute concerned the transfer agreement between the two clubs for the transfer of Emiliano Sala, an Argentinian player who was killed in a plane crash.

Strengths:

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.
"A leading football QC."
Recent work: Acted in Spurling v Saracens, a case in which a former player alleged that he was wrongfully forced into retirement.

Sport Department

Littleton Chambers

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Department location

3 King's Bench Walk North

Temple

London

Greater London

UK

EC4Y 7HR

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Sport


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

Juniors

London (Bar)

Sport


Ashley Cukier
Up and Coming