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Sport | UK Bar

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The sports industry makes use of a wide array of legal services, and Chambers is keen to highlight the barristers who have a demonstrable commitment to the sector, and understand the unique pressures and constraints which sports entities operate under. The definition of 'sports law' is oft disputed; Chambers sees commercial and regulatory work as its cornerstone, but seeks to highlight those sets best able to serve the sports industry as a whole, something which requires consideration of work across a wide range of legal disciplines.

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Band 1
  1. Blackstone Chambers
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    Blackstone Chambers
    Sport
    2024 | Band 1 | 19 Years Ranked
    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. Members have recently been instructed on both sides of Manchester City's Financial Fair Play case, brought by the Premier League. Sources describe the set as "the market leaders for sports work." Additional market commentators report: "Blackstone has unparalleled knowledge and expertise in the sports industry."
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Band 2
  1. 4 New Square Chambers
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    4 New Square Chambers
    Sport
    2024 | Band 2 | 13 Years Ranked
    4 New Square Chambers is a well-resourced set known for its broad offering of sports law services. The set is known for its extensive representation of sports governing bodies, agents, individual athletes and other related organisations. The barristers are able to support both domestic and foreign clients at all levels of the UK court system and regularly appear in the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland. Members have deep knowledge of the legal issues arising in many sports, including football, cricket, horse racing, boxing, rugby, cycling and athletics. Members have handled cases including those relating to betting regulations, anti-doping issues, rule breaches, professional misconduct and disqualifications. Members have recently been instructed in relation to the EFL's Financial Fair Play proceedings against Derby County. Solicitors comment: "The barristers at 4 New Square are extremely good on the law. Their pre-trial work is excellent and they are always quick to pick up on the legal issues."
  2. Littleton Chambers
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    Littleton Chambers
    Sport
    2024 | Band 2 | 5 Years Ranked
    The barristers at Littleton Chambers have a strong pedigree 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 contract and others. The set has broad experience across many sports, such as football, rugby, athletics, cycling, gymnastic and boxing. Members regularly appear in the UK courts as well as before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland. Members of the set have been involved in the independent investigation into the Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Commenters report: "The barristers quickly grasp the issues and provide sound solutions to complex matters."
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Band 3
  1. 2 Bedford Row
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    2 Bedford Row
    Sport
    2024 | Band 3 | 13 Years Ranked
    The barristers at 2 Bedford Row are well suited to complex cases at the intersection of sports law and criminal law. The set has been instructed in many high-profile cases regarding leading sports clubs, governing associations and individuals active in sports such as football, tennis, cricket and others. Members often act in cases concerning corruption, match fixing and betting, regulatory breaches and other disciplinary proceedings. Members recently acted for the EFL in its prosecution of Rochdale FC and 4 individuals for breaches of the Owners and Directors test.
  2. Monckton Chambers
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    Monckton Chambers
    Sport
    2024 | Band 3 | 9 Years Ranked
    Monckton Chambers fields an experienced roster of barristers able to assist clients with all manner of sports law issues. Members are regularly instructed by sports governing bodies, sporting clubs, sponsors and individuals. The set takes on a broad range of cases, from disputes arising in international athletics to horse racing matters. The barristers handle an array of disputes concerning rule breaches, breaches of contract and licensing issues. Members were recently involved in Mercedes' Protest to the FIA stewards following the events of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.