Iain Taker

Iain Taker

Iain is a lawyer at Kemp Little LLP who specialises in commercial and sports law. You can follow him on LinkedIn or on Twitter (@iaintaker). An example of work Iain has been involved in is the recent shirt manufacture agreement between Warrior Sports and Liverpool.

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  • Adam Beach

    Adam Beach

    Adam (LLB Law, University of Birmingham) joined LawInSport in July 2012, becoming Editorial Assistant in September 2012. His focus is on careers and breaking into sports law. He has published articles on the Court of Arbitration for Sport in the Student Journal of Law.

  • Adam Bull

    Adam Bull

    Senior Consultant, Sports Business Group at Deloitte
     
    The Sports Business Group at Deloitte is a team of 20 people based in Manchester, working exclusively on sports business projects with clients in the UK and around the world.  Adam has assisted UEFA with the development of their Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play regulations for clubs across Europe.
  • Adam Lovatt

    Adam Lovatt

    Adam is a lawyer specialising in sports law with IMG. Adam has a wide range of commercial and litigation experience from his four years as a qualified solicitor. Adam has a passion for sports law and is currently undertaking a IP Law Masters programme with the University of London. He is passionate about most sports particularly football, golf and tennis.

  • Albert Agustinoy

    Albert Agustinoy

    Albert has extensive experience in advising a large number of multinational gambling operators in connection with their Spanish activities, covering regulatory, commercial and litigation advice. He currently coordinates our Gambling group in Spain.

  • Alex Haffner

    Alex Haffner

    Alex is a Senior Associate at Dentons specialising in the sports, technology and media sectors.

    Alex's first involvement in sports related work was as part of the legal team which helped the FA Premier League defend its collective media rights selling arrangements before the UK and EU competition authorities and ultimately negotiated a landmark settlement with the EU Commission in order to end its long running investigations of FAPL.

  • Alex Henderson

    Alex Henderson

    Alex is a commercial lawyer at Dentons with a particular emphasis on the media and sport sector. Alex has worked on media rights related matters for a number of clients including, the England and Wales Cricket Board and Chelsea Football Club as well on various commercial arrangements in sports such as football, cricket and formula 1.

  • Alex Kelham

    Alex Kelham

    Alex Kelham is a senior associate in the Sports and Media, Brands and Technology teams at Lewis Silkin LLP. Previously, she spent seven years as Senior Lawyer with LOCOG working on brand protection matters related to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  She has also been a world-class swimmer, winning relay medals at the 1994 Commonwealth Games and the 1995 European Championships.  Tel: 020 7074 8211.

  • Alex Odell

    Alex Odell

    Alex is a barrister at Peters & Peters Solicitors, specialising in business crime, extradition, corruption and sports law. He is part of the P&P Sports Disputes and Investigations team. Prior to joining P&P, Alex was a tenant at the leading criminal set Five Paper Buildings. He has extensive experience of sports law in the context of criminal litigation, having prosecuted cases involving the illicit broadcasting of premier league football for many years.

  • Alexander Milner-Smith

    Alexander Milner-Smith

    As well as acting for a number of rugby clubs in the Guinness Premiership, Alexander represents a number of high-profile sportspeople. He also works with sports agents in both dispute resolution and contractual matters. He has considerable experience of a number of different dispute resolution forums and has personally undertaken advocacy on behalf of clients at hearings.

  • Alfonso Rincón

    Alfonso Rincón

    Alfonso Rincón, PhD, is associate in Martínez Lage, Allendesalazar & Brokelmann Abogados, a Spanish law firm specialising in EU and Competition Law. He specialises in Spanish and EU competition law, the EU single market and has research experience on the relations between EU Law and Sport.

  • Alfonso Valero

    Alfonso Valero

    @alfvalero

    Alfonso Valero is co-founder and now consultant of LawInSport.com. He is a dually qualified Abogado (Spanish Lawyer) and Solicitor (England and Wales). He is also a qualified International Arbitrator. He is a Senior Lecturer in Nottingham Trent University.

    After beginning his career dealing with dispute resolution in Madrid, he relocated to England developing his work as lawyer in the areas of EU cross-border litigation and Sports Law in Nockolds Solicitors. He has been listed in Global Chambers 2012 as an specialist in Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property and Marquis Who's Who in the World.

  • Alyson Eather

    Alyson Eather

    Alyson is a Senior Associate in our Perth construction team. Her core legal skills are advising the public and private sectors on the legal aspects of major projects, including complex contract risk review and strategic procurement and probity.

  • Andrew Clarke QC

    Andrew Clarke QC

    Andrew Clarke QC is a leading employment lawyer, part-time judge and co-head of Littleton Chambers in London.

  • Andrew Hanson

    Andrew Hanson

    Mr. Hanson is an employment lawyer in Boston, and recently published "Five Seven Five Sports:  2012 in Haiku - Language of the Games".

  • Andrew MacDonald

    Andrew MacDonald

    Andrew is a Senior Solicitor in the Employment Team at Mills & Reeve LLP. Much of Andrew’s work focuses on the sports sector. He advises professional football clubs, players and agents on contractual and employment matters, including players’ contracts and disciplinary proceedings.

  • Andrew Nixon

    Andrew Nixon

    Andrew Nixon is a Partner in the Sport Group at Sheridans. Referred to in this year's Legal 500 as a “very bright and talented sports lawyer” Andrew's practice focuses principally on regulatory, governance, disciplinary, arbitration and dispute resolution within the sport sector. Andrew's clients include governing bodies, sports clubs, sports agencies and individual athletes.

  • Andrew Peters

    Andrew Peters

    Andrew Peters is an Associate in the Labour and Employment team at Squire Sanders, London. Andrew advises clients on the full range of employment law including both contentious and non-contentious issues.

  • Andrew Smith

    Andrew Smith

    Andrew is a barrister practising from Matrix Chambers in London.  He is an employment law specialist, and has a keen interest in sports law and sport generally. Andrew’s work in the field of sports law includes acting on behalf of the claimant in Iain Dowie v Charlton Athletic FC (2010), a case before the FA Premier League Managers Arbitration Tribunal. 

  • Angus Bujalski

    Angus Bujalski

    Angus is the Head of Legal at the Rugby Football Union. He is responsible for supporting the RFU's commercial programme, including sponsorship, licensing, broadcasting and events. Day-to-day work includes negotiating high value partnership agreements, and arrangements with stakeholders inside and outside rugby.

  • Anthony Jones

    Anthony Jones

    Anthony is a junior barrister at 4 New Square chambers with a mixed practice in commercial, European, public and sports law. Recent sports law instructions include advising the national governing body British Wrestling on a range of constitutional reform and procedural matters. 

    Anthony holds a BA in Law with First Class Honours from Oxford, and an MA and BA in Chinese with First Class Honours from the University of Sydney, with the University Medal for first in year.

    Before coming to the bar, Anthony was a special advisor to the Attorney General of New South Wales, a speechwriter to the former Premier of New South Wales and current Australian Foreign Minister, and civil servant in the Cabinet Office in Sydney.

  • Antonio Rigozzi

    Antonio Rigozzi

    Antonio Rigozzi is the partner in charge of the sports arbitration practice at Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler. He has extensive arbitration, litigation and dispute resolution experience across all the main areas of sports law, in a wide array of sports including football, Formula 1, sailing, athletics, ice hockey, swimming and cycling. As counsel, he represents and advises athletes, teams and sports-governing bodies before the CAS, the BAT and the Swiss courts.

  • Antti Koivula

    Antti Koivula

    Antti is in his final semester at the Tallinn Law School. He is currently working on his bachelor’s thesis on the legality of the Finnish sports betting monopoly from the perspective of EU law. Since 2006 he has been analysing football matches and is currently employed as a sports bettor.  Antti's research has primarily been on corruption in sport with a focus on match-fixing and he has authored a paper ‘Realities of football match-fixing – case Finland’.

  • Ariel Reck

    Ariel Reck

    Ariel is a lawyer in Argentina focused exclusively on the sports sector, mainly the football industry. He has particular experience advising on third party player ownership issues, player´s transfers and international sports disputes before FIFA and CAS. He has also spoken at conferences on these issues in Argentina and at international level.

  • Arun Chauhan

    Arun Chauhan

    Arun heads up the fraud and risk team at Cobbetts LLP, and specialises in commercial litigation arising out of complex corporate fraud disputes. He deals with a broad range of fraud investigation and litigation, with particular focus on fraudulent misrepresentation claims.

    Arun chairs regional meetings for the Fraud Advisory Panel and is a member of the Midlands Fraud Forum.

  • Bálint Halász

    Bálint Halász

    Bálint Halász is an attorney at law with Bird & Bird (Hungary) and member of the Council of Copyright Experts (Hungary). Bálint has significant experience in intellectual property matters, including copyright, licensing, database matters, trademarks and patents. He also advises clients in relation to data protection, IT and media matters.

  • Ben Griffin

    Ben Griffin

    Ben is a Solicitor in Dispute Resolution (commercial litigation) at Cobbetts' Birmingham office. 

    He works on general commercial disputes acting for both claimant and defendant. He also works as part of Cobbetts' Fraud and Risk Services Team, with a particular emphasis on fraud in the public sector.

    As a former journalist, he also has expertise in defamation.

  • Ben Sigler

    Ben Sigler

    Ben Sigler is an associate in Stephenson Harwood LLP's dispute resolution team where he provides advice primarily in relation to contentious and regulatory matters to clients across a broad range of sectors. 

  • Ben Van Rompuy

    Ben Van Rompuy

    Dr. Ben Van Rompuy is a senior researcher and consultant at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, Asser International Sports Law Center (The Hague) and senior associate researcher at iMinds-SMIT (Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels).

  • Benoît Keane

    Benoît Keane

    Benoît Keane is a leading European lawyer. He specialises in European law and European competition law in particular relating to the media and sports sectors. Benoît represents clients before the European Commission and European Courts.

  • Brianna Quinn

    Brianna Quinn

    Brianna Quinn is an Australian-qualified lawyer specialising in sports arbitration at Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler in Geneva, Switzerland. As well as advising athletes, clubs and governing bodies on sports-related disputes, Brianna regularly conducts cases and appears as counsel before the CAS in Lausanne. Brianna’s practice in sports arbitration is primarily focused on doping-related matters, cycling and football-related disputes and proceedings before the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal.

  • Cassian Goode

    Cassian Goode

    Cassian Goode is a Trainee Solicitor currently sitting in the Private Client and Wealth Management Department at Davenport Lyons.  Cassian enjoys both watching and playing many sports and represented his county in both rugby union and hockey.

  • Catherine Beloff

    Catherine Beloff

    +44 20 7796 6190

    Catherine Beloff is a Director of the British Association for Sport and Law and a Senior Associate in the Global Sports, Media and Entertainment Team at DLA Piper. Catherine has advised domestic and international sports governing bodies and rights owners in relation to a range of contentious issues connected with sport, including anti-doping, third party ownership, ball-tampering, tapping-up, player registrations and salary caps, in proceedings in the high court and before sports disciplinary panels and arbitral tribunals.

  • Celeste Koravos

    Celeste Koravos

    Celeste is a lawyer and qualified civil engineer in DLA Piper's Finance and Projects Group, based in Tokyo and Melbourne. Celeste drafts and negotiates project, project finance and finance documentation. She also advises on construction disputes and conducts dispute resolution proceedings, including through mediation, arbitration and litigation. 

  • Charles Maurice

    Charles Maurice

    Charlie is a solicitor in the Commercial group at Macfarlanes LLP and specialises in the sports, media and entertainment sectors. Charlie advises on a wide range of sporting issues and has particular experience in the motor racing and football industries. 

  • Charlotte Davies

    Charlotte Davies

    Charlotte is an active member of the Littleton Chambers Sports Law group. She has been instructed in variety of sports law disputes including an internal matter for a Football League club and a claim by an agent against a professional boxer.

  • Chris Bond

    Chris Bond

    LinkedIn

    Chris is the Editor at LawInSport, and takes responsibility for the review of content in conjunction with the Editorial Board. Prior to joining LawInSport, Chris graduated from Nottingham University, and trained and worked as a litigation lawyer at King & Wood & Mallesons SJ Berwin.

  • Chris O'Gorman

    Chris is a barrister of over 20 years call practising from Cornwall Street Chambers in Birmingham, and is a member of the Chambers criminal and regulatory teams. He specialises in criminal law and regulatory aspects of sports law, and is currently researching his dissertation on legal issues arising from the Rugby League Superleague, part of his LLM in Sports Law and Practice at De Montfort University, Leicester.

  • Christopher Brown

    Christopher Brown

    Christopher Brown is a barrister at Matrix Chambers in London.  His practice focuses on competition law and general EU law; he also has experience of general commercial, public and human rights law.

  • Christopher Evans

    Christopher Evans

    Chris is an Associate in the Commercial team at Charles Russell and is a member of the Sports Group. Chris advises on all commercial issues relevant to the sports industry, with particular experience in merchandising, licensing and sponsorship agreements.

  • Christopher Flanagan

    Christopher Flanagan

    Christopher studied undergraduate law at the University of Exeter before undertaking a master's degree in International Banking and Finance Law at the University of the West of England.

  • Christopher Stoner QC

    Christopher Stoner QC

    Chris specialises in both property litigation and the regulatory/disciplinary aspects of sports law.

  • Cormac WIlde

    Cormac WIlde

    Cormac Wilde is an Irish qualified lawyer working in the areas of dispute resolution, IP/IT and commercial law. He has a keen interest in the business and law of sport and recently completed the Global Executive Master in International Sports Law with the ISDE University in Madrid.

  • Damian Brown QC

    Damian Brown QC

    Damian Brown QC is a Barrister at Littleton Chambers specialising in sports and regulatory law. He regularly appears for clubs, players and managers in sports disputes in a variety of fora.

  • Daniel Geey

    Daniel Geey

    Daniel advises clients in the football industry. Such guidance has included advice on the Fit and Proper Person Test, parachute payments and the football creditors rule, disclosure obligations under the relevant football authority's rules, conflicts of interest and third party player ownership contracts. 

  • Daniel Saoul

    Daniel Saoul

    Dan’s practice is focused on commercial litigation and arbitration of all varieties, sports law and costs. He is considered a leading junior by both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500, which describe him as “a commercial litigator who has swiftly developed a strong reputation”, "a rising star of the Sports Bar" and “one to watch”.

  • Daniel Stock

    Daniel Stock

    Daniel is a corporate lawyer at Dentons and is a member of the firm's Sports group.  Daniel has acted on the acquisition of major football clubs in the United Kingdom and advises on all aspects of corporate finance transactions, including cross-border mergers and acquisitions (share and business sales), company/business ownership matters, joint ventures and investment funds.

  • Darryl Taylor

    Darryl Taylor

    Darryl is currently a trainee solicitor at Squire Sanders (UK) LLP. In his time at the firm, Darryl has been involved with the provision of advice on sporting regulations and has also assisted in a wide range of litigious matters, including various high-profile doping defences.

  • David Nancarrow

    David Nancarrow

    David specialises in project delivery strategies and documents across all engineering and construction projects. He acts primarily for owners, developers and project companies but has also acted for government and numerous contractors. He has worked on a range of projects across most industry sectors, including power, roads, ports, property development, mining and resources, telecommunications, hospitals and process plants.

  • David Reade Q.C

    David Reade Q.C

    David Reade Q.C is a commercial litigator at Littleton Chambers with a wide base of experience of sports based disputes, particularly in the field of managerial and player disputes. He recently successfully appeared for Crystal Palace FC in the Court of Appeal. 

  • Debbie Nicholson

    Debbie Nicholson

    Debbie Nicholson is an experienced lawyer based in the Public and Regulatory Group at Field Fisher Waterhouse . Debbie assists both commercial and public sector clients in the UK and overseas in relation to a variety of regulatory matters. In addition, Debbie has experience in the investigation and prosecution of cases before a variety of regulatory fitness to practise panels and committees. Debbie also has experience of conducting High Court appeal work including judicial review proceedings.

  • Derry Coughlan

    Derry Coughlan

    Derry is a Trainee Solicitor, undertaking his final seat in the Sports Group at Harbottle & Lewis LLP. He has worked on a range of commercial agreements for clients within the sport industry and has a particular interest in matters relating to the acquisition of rights. Derry has worked with sports governing bodies, professional football clubs, Olympic athletes and sports managements agencies on a variety of matters.

  • Desh Gaurav Sikri

    Desh Gaurav Sekhri

    Desh Gaurav Sekhri is one of the first Sports Attorneys in India, and he leads the Sports law practice at J. Sagar Associates (“JSA”), a premier national law firm, since he joined in February, 2009.

  • Dr Ben Koh

    Dr Ben Koh

    Dr Koh is a Sports Doctor finishing his first doctoral research on the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in elite level sports. His mixed-methods research focuses on how the guidelines under the World Anti-Doping Agency’s code may be confusing to athletes in the field, and how inadvertent doping risk is higher than acknowledged in the literature. His second doctoral research in Psychology explores the strengths and deficiencies of Structural Equation Modelling in explaining social behaviours of sports performance enhancement.

  • Dylan Kennett

    Dylan Kennett

    Dylan is a trainee solicitor in the Media & Sports group at DLA Piper.  After graduating McGill University in 2006, he worked as a talent scout and manager in the vibrant Canadian music industry, splitting his time between Montreal and Toronto.

  • Edoardo Revello

    Edoardo Revello

    Attorney at law in Milan. Assistant Professor of the postgraduate Course in “Sports Law and Sports Justice” at the Faculty of Law of the University of Milan. Alternate Member of the Appeal Committee of FICSF ("Federazione Italiana Canottaggio Sedile Fisso"). Founding Member of “Centro Studi Diritto Sport” (“Sports Law Research Center”) based in Milan.

  • Edward Chatterton

    Edward Chatterton

    Edward Chatterton is a partner (foreign legal consultant) in DLA Piper's Intellectual Property and Technology team and is based in the Hong Kong office. Edward's interest and expertise lies in the field of intellectual property.

  • Elisa Brigandi

    Elisa Brigandi

    Elisa is an Attorney at law in Genoa. Coordinator of the tutoring group in the postgraduate Course in "Sports Law and Sports Justice" at the University of Milan (Faculty of Law). Vice President of the Justice and Disciplinary Board of the Federazione Italiana di Canottaggio a Sedile Fisso (F.I.C.S.F.). Certified FIGC Players' Agent since 2000. Author of articles and publications on sports law in specialized legal journals. Editor of the blog "Sport e Legge" on the website of the sports newspaper "La Gazzetta dello Sport".

  • Emma Mason

    Emma Mason

    Emma Mason, former Scottish International Badminton player and member of GB Development squad with 27 caps. 3 International and 3 national titles and represented Scotland to European, Commonwealth and World level.

  • Evan Eliason

    Evan Eliasona

    Evan Eliason is a member of the 2013 summer student class at Cassels Brock.

    Evan is currently completing the J.D. program at Osgoode Hall Law School. At Osgoode, Evan is an active member of the Entertainment and Sports Law Association (ESLA) and has provided written submissions on prevalent legal issues in sports to the club blog. He looks forward to serving in his capacity as Sports Law Director on ESLA during the upcoming school year.

  • Francisco Larios

    Francisco Larios

    Francisco is an American attorney who specializes in International Sports Law. He currently works at Coccia De Angelis Pardo & Associati, where he represents professional athletes, coaches and clubs before the FIBA Basketball Arbitral Tribunal and the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He has also worked as an immigration attorney assisting athletes and entertainers.

  • Gary Hughes

    Gary Hughes

    Gary is a New Zealand lawyer advising on commercial rights, marketing, competition law and events management aspects of sport. He works with sports administrators, sponsors, and tournament organising bodies, or teams/athletes directly.

  • Gianluigi Marino

    Gianluigi Marino

    Gianluigi Marino is an Associate in DLA Piper's Intellectual Property and Technology team and is based in the Milan office. He has a significant experience in assisting clients (individuals and corporations) in matters related to copyright, patents, design, trademarks, counterfeiting issues, internet rights, know how, privacy, outsourcing, e-commerce, producer guarantee and consumer rights.

  • Griffin Finan

    Griffin Finan

    Griffin Finan is an associate at Ifrah Law, and he has worked on a variety of cases related to the Internet and igaming. Recent cases on which he has worked include a domain name seizure case involving 141 Internet gambling sites, representation of an igaming company in a complaint alleging civil RICO and violations of the Florida Anti-Trust Act and the Cartwright Act, and representation of an online gambling company programmer in a criminal indictment.

  • Guy Osborn

    Guy Osborn

    Guy Osborn is Professor of Law at the University of Westminster where he is a Director of the Centre for Law, Society and Popular Culture and the editor of the Entertainment and Sport Law Journal.

  • Hamid Khanbhai

    Hamid Khanbhai

    +44 20 7822 2075

    Hamid is a barrister at 4 New Square. He is developing a practice in all of Chambers' areas of work, including sports law. He assisted Graham Chapman as a pupil in a strike out / summary judgment application in the context of a claim in negligence brought by a former Premier League footballer against his insurance advisers.

  • Hannah Haynes

    Hannah Haynes

    Hannah is an associate in the litigation team at Charles Russell and works on all aspects of Commercial Dispute Resolution with a particular focus on clients in the sports and media sectors. She is a member of the firm's Sports and Media Group.

  • Harry Kinmonth

    Harry Kinmonth

    Harry Kinmonth is an associate in the media team at RPC.  He joined RPC in 2011 in order to specialise on media disputes, having previously trained at Herbert Smith before working in their litigation team for three years post qualification.

  • Hashim Ghazi

    Hashim Ghazi

    Hashim is a recently-called lawyer residing in Toronto, Canada. His areas of expertise focus on intellectual property, sports and entertainment law.

    He can be contacted by way of email at 

  • Henry Elkington

    Henry Elkington

    Henry is an aspiring sports lawyer, currently completing his GDL in Cardiff. Henry graduated from the Cardiff University with a B.A. in History and Philosophy. He has a passion for all sports especially rugby and tennis having played for the first team at Cardiff University.

  • Howard Jacobs

    Howard Jacobs

    Howard Jacobs is lawyer in the Los Angeles suburb of Westlake Village, California. Mr. Jacobs has been identified by various newspapers as one of the leading sports lawyers in the United States, and was profiled by USA Today in a feature article titled “Athletes accused of cheating find perfect advocate.”

  • Iain McDonald

    Iain McDonald

    Iain is an associate at Lewis Silkin. Iain's work involves advising sports clients on commercial issues including broadcasting rights, branding, image rights, sponsorship and performance contracts. He also assists Lewis Silkin's sports employment group with sports governance, compliance and the commercial aspects of player transfer.

  • Iain Taker

    Iain Taker

    Iain is a lawyer at Kemp Little LLP who specialises in commercial and sports law. You can follow him on LinkedIn or on Twitter (@iaintaker). An example of work Iain has been involved in is the recent shirt manufacture agreement between Warrior Sports and Liverpool.

  • Ian Lynam

    Ian Lynam

    Ian is a partner at Charles Rusell and practises solely in the sports sector. Ian advises governing bodies, clubs, athletes, sponsors and agencies in sports including football, rugby, athletics, cricket, tennis, golf, cycling, motor sports, horse-racing, greyhound-racing, polo and mixed martial arts.

  • Ian Mill QC

    Ian Mill QC

    Ian is rated as a leading silk for sports disputes by both Chambers UK and The Legal 500. He has specialist knowledge of a wide range of sporting issues, having acted for many individuals, teams, organisers, managers, governing bodies and sports broadcasters.

  • J.Tyrone Marcus

    J.Tyrone Marcus

    J.Tyrone Marcus is an Attorney-at-Law admitted to practice in Trinidad and Tobago in 1998 and in Jamaica and Barbados in 2008. He has been specializing in sports law since 2006, having completed in January 2010 a Masters Degree in Sports Law and Practice via distance learning with the De Montfort University in Leicester, England.

  • Jack Anderson

    Jack Anderson

    Jack Anderson lectures in sports law and is a Professor of Law at Queen’s University, Belfast. He has published widely in the area of sports law – including books on the Legality of Boxing (2007); A Textbook on Modern Sports Law (2010); and Leading Cases in Sports Law (ed, 2013). His current research interest, as a partner investigator with the Australian Centre for Policing and Security and Interpol, is gambling-led corruption in sport. 

  • Jacob Goldberg

    Jacob Goldberg

    Jacob Goldberg is a member of the 2013 summer student class at Cassels Brock. He first joined the firm as a summer student in 2012.

    Jacob attends Western University and is part of the J.D./H.B.A. combined program. In his first year at Western Law, Jacob was named to the Dean’s List for finishing in the top 10% of his class.

  • Jacob O’Brien

    Jacob O’Brien

    Jacob works in the corporate and commercial department of boutique Manchester law firm Heatons LLP advising on all manner of matters including acquisitions and commercial advice. Recreationally Jacob enjoys football, cycling and running and follows most professional sports including cycling, cricket, football and rugby league. He has a particular interest in the international fight against doping in sport. Follow Jacob on LinkedIn.

  • James Eighteen

    James Eighteena

    James is a Senior Associate in the Sports Team at Charles Russell.

    James has experience of acting for both participants and governing bodies in disciplinary cases, arbitration proceedings and High Court litigation. He has just completed a secondment with The FA in house legal team and acts for The FA on a wide range of governance and disciplinary matters.

    James' recent experience includes high profile cases for The Greyhound Board of Great Britain (in the Court of Appeal), Newcastle Falcons and Fenerbahce.

    James appeared before the CAS ad hoc division for London 2012 and has advised sports bodies such as Premiership Rugby, the BHA and UK Athletics.

  • James Segan

    James Segan

    James is regularly engaged in EU and competition matters, both commercial and regulatory. Many such cases arise in the Telecommunications, Sport and Financial Services sectors. James appears and advises in sports law matters both commercial and regulatory. He is often instructed in disciplinary hearings and has appeared for a number of different governing bodies.

  • James Welch

    James Welch

    James is an associate at Quantum Law LLP specialising in employment law and sports. James is a registered agent with the Professional Cricketers Association and the Rugby Football Union and a Registered Lawyer with the FA.

  • Jason Saiban

    Jason Saiban

    Jason is a commercial lawyer with particular expertise in sport and technology. He has substantial experience in sports marketing, event management, sponsorship, endorsement and merchandising, together with digital media and online legal issues. Jason helped to establish and led the Charles Russell's sports team into becoming one of the leading teams in the UK, advising many of the country's sporting bodies and numerous sporting organisations and individuals. He has also led the firm's TMT group. 

     

  • John Mehrzad

    John Mehrzad

    John is a barrister specialised in employment, commercial and sports law, practising from Littleton Chambers where he is the current Head of the Sports Law Group.  He is the only junior barrister below 13-years call ranked by the leading legal directory, Chambers & Partners, in both employment and sports law.  He was selected as a pro bono advocate for ad hoc sittings of the Court of Arbitration for Sport during the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games. 

  • John Murphy

    John Murphy

    John Murphy is a Senior Solicitor in the Employment team at Plexus Law, part of the Parabis Group. He has advised a number of professional sports clubs and businesses, including football and rugby clubs both at professional and non-league level, concerning employment and regulatory matters, including player-related matters and safeguarding issues. He is a qualified rugby referee.

  • John Shea

    John Shea

    John is a solicitor at Morgan Cole LLP, specialising in dispute resolution. He has a keen interest in sport law, particularly football related disputes. John writes various articles on football related topics. John is also a registered lawyer under the FA Football Agents Regulations.

  • John van der Luit-Drummond

    John van der Luit-Drummond

    John has experience in working in both regional and City law firms in such areas as criminal defence, civil litigation, personal injury, residential and commercial conveyancing, along with corporate/commercial law.

    John is a member of Amicus-ALJ. Amicus is a charitable organisation which provides assistance to those practising in the field of capital defence in the USA.

  • John Wallace

    John Wallace

    John is a sports and media lawyer at McFaddens LLP and a Director at sports agency DBW. After reading Law at the University of Liverpool, he spent a year lecturing on the Law of Contract at the Université de Bordeaux IV, before training at the largest national law firm in the UK, Eversheds LLP.

  • John Wolohan

    John Wolohan

    John is a Professor and the Director of the Sport Venue and Event Management Graduate program in the David B. Falk Center for Sport Management at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. In addition to being one of the lead editors of the book "Law for Recreation and Sport Managers" by Cotten and Wolohan, John also writes the "Sports Law Report" a blog and monthly article that appears in Athletic Business. John's areas of interest include intellectual property, athlete's rights, and antitrust issues.

  • Jon Walters

    Jon Walters

    Jon is a senior associate in Charles Russell's sports group, specialising in commercial and regulatory work within sport. He has particular expertise in sports marketing work acting for rights holders and sponsors on sponsorship and merchandising deals. He heads Charles Russell's sports marketing sub-group of the wider sports group and edits the firm's sports law bulletin, The Score.

     

  • Jonathan Sherman

    Jonathan Sherman

    Jonathan Sherman is a member of the 2013 summer student class at Cassels Brock.

    Jonathan is a J.D. Candidate for 2014 at Osgoode Hall Law School. He graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Major in Accounting. Jonathan graduated on the Dean's Honour List at McGill and was the recipient of the Herbert E. Siblin Award for Excellence in Auditing and the PSB Boisjoli Scholarship for High Academic Standing.

  • Jorge Monclús

    Jorge Monclús

    Jorge Monclús is a Senior Associate of the Intellectual Property and Technology department in the Madrid office of DLA Piper.

    His professional experience includes areas of media and entertainment law, e-commerce, data protection, online gambling and advertising law, among others.

  • Joshua Kaye

    Joshua Kaye

    Joshua is a commercial solicitor with experience providing advice to businesses in the media, entertainment and technology industries. His work has included drafting and negotiating commercial agreements, advising on the use of intellectual property and providing employment advice.  His passion lies in the sports industry with a particular focus on issues regarding competition law, sponsorship and the rising importance of social media. 

  • Jude Bunting

    Jude Bunting is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, where his practice spans public and private law.  Chambers and Partners (2013) describes him as as a "very  approachable" barrister who is "really good at fighting the client's corner" and who provides "absolutely tremendous advice and great attention to detail."

    Jude has regular trial experience, is an expert witness-handler, and has developed an understanding of the particular pressures on elite sportspeople. He represented the family of the Olympic-medal-winning boxer, Darren Sutherland, in a recent inquest and is instructed on behalf of the international cricketer, Danish Kaneria, in his ongoing appeal against a lifetime ban. He has recently appeared in the lead authority on when internal sports disciplinary procedures should be classed as arbitrations.

  • Justin Reid

    Justin Reid

    Justin is an Associate at Charles Russell LLP, and works within the Commercial Dispute Resolution team. Justin specialises in sports regulatory and disciplinary work and has recent experience of advising on a myriad of issues arising in connection with horseracing, greyhound racing, athletics, rifle shooting and rowing.

  • Kaitlyn Kacsuta

    Kaitlyn Kacsuta

    Kaitlyn Kacsuta is a third-year law student at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Kaitlyn plans to focus her practice on sports law. She has started the sports law blog, Sport Counsel, and is intern for the sports business blog, Ruling Sports.

  • Karish Andrews

    Karish Andrews

    Karish is an associate at Lewis Silkin. Karish acts for top level football clubs, rugby clubs, agents, players and investors in football.  His expertise includes buying and selling clubs, player transfers, sponsorship, representation and services contracts, endorsement contracts, financing deals, football regulation and investment in football clubs and players.

  • Katie Ellis

    Katie Ellis

    Katie Ellis is a trainee solicitor at Charles Russell LLP and is a member of the Sports Group.

  • Katie Simmonds

    Katie Simmonds

    Katie, a partner at Burlingtons LLP,  is a sports lawyer specialising in both contentious and non-contentious matters.

    She acts for sports participants, clubs, sponsors and agents across a wide range of sports including football, rugby union and rugby league.

  • Katrien Lefever

    Katrien Lefever

    Katrien Lefever holds a Phd in law from the KU Leuven, Belgium and now works as a company lawyer at the main commercial Flemish broadcast group VMMa. She is also affiliated researcher at the Interdisciplinary Centre of Law and ICT (iMinds-ICRI) at the KU Leuven. She is the author of New Media and Sport: International Legal Aspects (Springer, 2012), and has published widely on media sports law.

  • Kendrah Potts

    Kendrah Potts

    Kendrah Potts is a Senior Associate of onside law specialising in litigation and regulatory matters, particularly anti-doping and sports integrity.  She previously spent two years on secondment from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), where she was the lead lawyer on anti-doping and corrupt sports betting. Kendrah spent over eight years at Freshfields where she qualified into their Litigation Department.  Kendrah now acts for various sports governing bodies, sports agencies and individuals.

  • Kerenza Davis

    Kerenza Davis

    Kerenza is a junior tenant at Blackstone Chambers, who practises in Sports, employment, public and commercial law.

  • Kevin Carpenter

    Kevin Carpenter

    Kevin is a consultant and member of the editorial board for LawInSport, having previously acted as editor. He is a sports lawyer for international law firm Hill Dickinson LLP advising on commercial and regulatory issues. Kevin has become renowned in the fields of sports integrity, match-fixing and sports betting.

  • Kieran Bennett

    Kieran Bennett

    Kieran Bennett is a trainee legal executive at Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP working in the Public and Regulatory team. Kieran has a great interest in football and the law that surrounds the game and has co-authored a number of articles relating to this area of work.

  • Laura Scaife

    Laura Scaife

    Laura is an innovative thinker in the field of Social Media and has been extensively published on matters concerning compliance with e-commerce issues arising out of the Office of Fair Trading and Advertising Standard Agency guidelines as well as online revenue generation, defamation, electronic communications based offences, effective dispute settlement, business crisis management and reputational management.

  • Layth Gafoor

    Layth Gafoor

    Layth holds the position of Principal and Managing Director of Lucentem Sports & Entertainment Law in Toronto. Layth has extensive experience advising on business matters in the area of sport, especially as it relates to Provincial Sporting Organizations (PSO) and National Sporting Organizations (NSO).

  • Leonard Glickman

    Leonard Glickman

    Leonard Glickman is a partner in the firm’s Business Law Group where he provides transactional and intellectual property advice to clients in the entertainment, sports, fashion, food and retail industries.

  • Liam Smith

    Liam Smith

    A current undergraduate law student at the University of Sheffield, Liam's interest in Sports Law took off after reading the Jean-Marc Bosman case in relation to the free movement of workers within the EU.

  • Louise Millington-Roberts

    Louise Millington-Roberts

    Louise Millington-Roberts advises global sporting bodies, brands, events, athletes and artists, and has most recently been recommended in the 2012 edition of the Legal 500. Louise has extensive experience in the field of sport, media and commercial law, specialising in providing practical commercial advice on matters including rights and brand protection, brand development, sponsorship, licensing, disciplinary, venue and event management.

  • Luís Villas-Boas Pires

    Luís Villas-Boas Pires

    Luís Villas-Boas Pires holds an Undergraduate Degree in Law from the Universidade Católica Portuguesa. Prior to his career in sports law, Luís worked for 11 years in both Lisbon and London as a M&A, Corporate and Capital Markets lawyer. 

  • Lydia Banerjee

    Lydia Banerjee

    Lydia is an active member of the Littleton Chambers Sports law group. In line with the broader chambers specialisms Lydia’s core areas of practice are commercial law and employment law.  Lydia’s commercial practice encompasses disputes including contractual interpretation, professional negligence and directors’ duties.  Lydia’s employment work has a particular focus on disability discrimination but also incorporates all areas of tribunal disputes and high court action in relation to bonuses and restrictive covenants.

  • Manali Kulkarni

    Manali Kulkarni

    Manali is a sports researcher in Pune, India, originally from Memphis, TN. She graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis in May 2012 with a background in the philosophy of sport, analyzing football hooliganism.

  • Marc Delehanty

    Marc Delehanty

    Marc is a barrister at Littleton Chambers, called to the Bar following First Class degrees in Mathematics and Law. His practice areas (commercial, employment and administrative law) encompass the broad range of disputes that arise in a sporting context.  In particular, Marc has a keen interest and expertise in cases involving employment or EU law related issues. His experience includes advising, and appearing in court on behalf of, English football clubs in disputes over matters such as stadium crowd control and internal club management.

  • Marco Del Fabro

    Marco Del Fabro

    Marco is an attorney-at-law, at Probst Attorneys, Zurich and Winterthur, Switzerland . He specialises in Iitigation and arbitration relating to sports law e.g.challenging decisions of federations, transfer disputes (breach of contract), employment disputes (with players, coaches and managers), transfer as well as training compensation, eligibility issues, doping, TV rights, players, coaches and agents contracts, sponsoring contracts. He has also expertise in contract, employment, corporation, construction, International private and contract law and lnsolvency law.

  • Mark Hovell

    Mark Hovell

    Mark advises players' associations and their members having been involved in over 50 football club insolvencies/ restructuring. He specialise in international sports disputes through arbitration, working on leading training compensation, Article 17 and other football matters; being part of CAS's ad hoc committee present at the Commonwealth games in Delhi.

  • Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers

    @sportslawmatt

    Matt is a recent law graduate from Nottingham Trent University who has aspirations to become an international sports lawyer. His work experience includes that of City and regional law firms in areas such as sports law, commercial law and finance law. Matt has also represented Nottingham Law School through the Legal Advice Clinic offering advice and support to local residents regarding property and employment disputes.

    Matt is currently in Japan on a gap year but hopes to return to the UK next summer to study the LPC in his continued pursuit of earning a training contract. In Japan he is keeping up-to-date with sports law issues around the world as well as in Japan as he looks to further his international legal knowledge and develop more contacts.

  • Matthew Chantler

    Matthew Chantler

    Matthew, a solicitor at Mills & Reeve LLP, specialises in Sports Law and is an FA and RFL Registered Lawyer. He advises players' associations including Professional Players Federation, Professional Footballers' Association, PFA Scotland, Rugby Players Association, 1eagu3 and their members, a number of professional football clubs, players and agents on regulatory and legal matters. 

  • Matthew Ganas

    Matthew Ganas

    Matt Ganas is an associate in DLA Piper's Intellectual Property and Technology group, based in New York. He focuses his practice in the area of intellectual property litigation with an emphasis on patent and trademark law.

  • Maureen Weston

    Maureen Weston

    Maureen Weston is Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law and Director of the Entertainment, Media & Sports Dispute Resolution Project.  She received her J.D. from the University of Colorado, and B.A. in Economics/Political Science at the University of Denver.  Professor Weston teaches courses on arbitration, mediation, negotiation, international dispute resolution, legal ethics, and U.S. and international sports law.  She serves as Faculty Advisor to the Sports & Entertainment Law Society and Dispute Resolution Journal, and as coach for ICC Mediation Advocacy and Sports & Entertainment Law Negotiation competitions. 

  • Melissa ReinckensMelissa Reinckens is a member of DLA Piper's Intellectual Property and Technology, Trademark, Copyright and Media practice. Ms. Reinckens has extensive experience with intellectual property litigation matters involving patents, trademarks

    Melissa Reinckens

    Melissa Reinckens is a member of DLA Piper's Intellectual Property and Technology, Trademark, Copyright and Media practice. Ms. Reinckens has extensive experience with intellectual property litigation matters involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade dress, theft of trade secrets and false advertising. She actively represents a variety of clients, among them ESPN, ABC, Caché, Inc., Tyco Healthcare Group LP, the Home Depot, Destination Maternity Corp., Macy's and PAC-12 Conference.

  • Michael Alvaro

    Michael Alvaro

    Michael Alvaro is a member of the 2013 summer student class at Cassels Brock.

    Michael is a candidate for joint Canadian and American J.D. degrees at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. He graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History and English from the University of Toronto.

  • Michael Gregg

    Michael Gregg

    Michael Gregg is a shareholder in the Orange County office of Littler Mendelson PC, the world’s largest employment and labor law firm representing management.

  • Michael Lister

    Michael Lister

    Michael advises on a wide range of commercial and regulatory matters relating to the sports industry and has particular expertise in advising on all forms of sponsorship. He also specialises in event staging arrangements and image rights exploitation and has experience of working with clients operating in a wide range of sports including football, cricket, rugby, golf, tennis, boxing, athletics, F1, sailing and powerboat racing.

  • Michael Pang

    Michael Pang

    Michael Pang is the Managing Partner of the Sports Law Practice Group of Adelson, Testan, Brundo, Novell & Jimenez.  This group is a collection of attorneys nationwide fighting to defend against workers' compensation claims filed by former athletes in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, and Nebraska.

    Along with these sports cases, Michael works in all aspects of workers' compensation defense for all types of cases, including 132(a) and Serious & Willful actions. He has defended companies of various sizes, from mom and pop stores to Fortune 500 corporations, and has dealt with death claims, high value catastrophic cases, and filed Writs with the California Court of Appeal.

    Mr. Pang is a member of the Workers' Compensation and Labor & Employment law sections of the California State Bar, as well as the American Bar Association, the Orange County Bar Association, the Los Angeles Bar Association, and the Sports Lawyers Association.

    On July 1, 2013, he obtained his certification as a legal specialist in the field of workers’ compensation by the California State Bar Association.

  • Michael Savva

    Michael Savva

    Michael is a Solicitor in the Asset Finance practice at Watson, Farley & Williams LLP. He specializes in advising clients in relation to sports finance including: loan finance, financing of broadcasting and ticket revenues and the player transfer finance.

     

  • Mike Morgan

    Mike is the founding partner of Morgan Sports Law LLP. His practice is focused exclusively on the sports sector. He advises on regulatory and disciplinary issues and has particular experience advising on doping and corruption disputes.

    Mike acted on behalf of National Olympic Committees at three of the last four Olympic Games and has represented other sports bodies, clubs and high profile athletes in proceedings before the High Court, the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber, the American Arbitration Association and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

  • Morris Bentata

    Morris Bentata

    Morris Bentata is a Partner and Head of the Sport Group at Sheridans. His practice focuses principally on media and marketing rights to major sports properties and clients include governing bodies, individuals, agencies, sponsors and broadcasters.

    The Legal 500 describes him as "hugely talented" and "one of the best lawyers in the sports field" and recognises him as one of the "leading individuals" in the sports sector. Chambers and Partners comments that "the quality of his work is outstanding" and he is a "rare breed in that he has both high-level commercial expertise and high-level legal expertise".

  • Ned Lewis

    Ned Lewis

    Ned is a trainee at city law firm Lewis Silkin LLP, where he has worked on client matters across the Sports, Immigration and Real Estate teams. He previously worked as a paralegal in commercial litigation, and is a long suffering Arsenal fan.

  • Neeraj Thomas

    Neeraj Thomas

    Neeraj Thomas is a Senior Solicitor within the Sports Law team at Burness Paull LLP. Burness Paull are principal legal advisors to the Scottish FA and have been for the last 15 years. Since joining the team Neeraj has gained in-depth first hand-experience of advising sports governing bodies on high-profile issues. Neeraj also act for a number of other prominent sports clients, both in and out of football.

  • Neil Goodrum

    Neil Goodrum

    Neil Goodrum has mediated many different types of disputes, including substantial sports cases, over the last 15 years.  Neil is a member of the CEDR Chambers group of mediators, a member of the Sport Resolutions Mediation Panel and on a number of other highly regarded panels.

  • Neil Johnston

    Neil Johnston

    Neil is a Director in the Employment & Pensions Department of Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP with considerable experience of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Neil has advised a wide range of sports clients including sports funding bodies, football clubs, and sports marketing companies. He has also acted for individuals including a Premier League referee and player. Neil has significant litigation expertise, covering unfair dismissal, whistleblowing and all aspects of discrimination law. 

  • Nicholas Goodfellow

    Nicholas Goodfellow

    Nick specialises in commercial and employment litigation. Nick is a keen sportsman, and has acted in a variety of sports related disputes. Nick has acted for a racehorse trainer claiming unpaid fees and defending allegations of professional negligence, and for a senior executive of a leading football club.

  • Nick Broomfield

    Nick Broomfield

    Nick became a tenant of 4 New Square in October 2011 and is developing a broad civil and commercial practice across all areas of Chambers’ work. Nick completed his twelve month pupillage with Chambers under the tutelage of Richard Liddell, Jonathan Hough, Charles Phipps and Mark Cannon QC. During pupillage Nick attended court, conferences, mediations and settlement negotiations with his supervisors and drafted research notes, opinions and pleadings.

  • Nick De Marco

    Nick De Marco

    Nick is recognized as a leading junior in the field of sports law. He was described as a “go-to junior on any football regulatory issue” (CHAMBERS UK 2013) and has advised and acted for a number of sporting organisations in commercial claims and disputes, disciplinary, selection and doping disputes, and employment related claims. He is also an expert in football finance and third party interests (having been involved in all the 3rd party cases in England).

  • Nick Fitzpatrick

    Nick Fitzpatrick

    Nick is a media and sport lawyer with 20 years' experience, including substantial experience of negotiating and structuring complex arrangements for the exploitation of media rights across all platforms, brand exploitation, event organisation, sports administration, copyright, gambling and advertising.

  • Nick White

    Nick White

    Nick has considerable experience and expertise in IP, broadcasting, social and digital media, sponsorship, defamation / privacy, sports disputes and sports regulatory matters.

  • Nikki Dryden

    Nikki Dryden

    Nikki is a two-time Olympic swimmer from Canada and a human-rights and immigration attorney in New York. She competed at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games, with a top finish of 6th place, and covered the 2004 and 2008 Olympics for SwimNews Magazine. She has a BA in International Relations from Brown University and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.

    Nikki's work focuses on legal issues at the nexus of sport and human rights, including government sponsor doping and athletes rights, and gender discrimination in international sport. She writes, speaks and advises on these issues, including on Olympic campaigns for Team Darfur and Human Rights Watch. Nikki is an athlete ambassador for several organizations that use sport to promote peace and development including Right To Play.

  • Nilo Effori

    Nilo Effori

    Nilo Effori joined Mishcon de Reya Solicitors Sports Group in London as an Associate in 2014. Nilo was formerly a sports lawyer at Dentons and Head of Sports law at Brazilian law firm, Biazzo Simon Avogados. Nilo has a broad range of experience working with football clubs, players, associations and federations with a particular focus on the international transfer of players and related FIFA regulations concerning solidarity contributions and training compensation.

  • Norman Wain

    Norman Wain

    Norman Wain is presently employed as General Counsel, Chief of Business Affairs at USA Track & Field, Inc., the national governing body for the sport of track and field, long distance running, and race walking in the United States.  His responsibilities include managing all business and legal matters for the organization (e.g. negotiating all contracts, managing corporate governance, handling anti-doping matters, litigation oversight, etc).

  • Paolo Garraffa

    Paolo Garraffa

    Paolo Garraffa is an attorney-at-law (in Italy) since 2006, with experience in the matter of civil, labour, criminal and sports law. He was nominated Vice-Public Prosecutor by the Italian Football Federation (“FIGC”) in November 2012.

  • Patrick Mitchell

    Patrick Mitchell

    Patrick is a Senior Associate in DLA Piper's Global Sport, Media and Entertainment team. His sports work focuses on the buying and selling of media rights, sponsorship and other rights of association, together with all other aspects of establishing and monetising events. In broader media, Patrick regularly advises a range of clients on broadcasting, production and general copyright matters.

  • Paul Geoghegan

    Paul Geoghegan

    Paul is a Senior Solicitor at Scottish law firm Morton Fraser LLP specialising in Corporate and Sports law.  Paul has acted for a number of national sports clubs and organisations on a wide range of regulatory and governance issues.  In addition, Paul regularly blogs for the Metro website.  You can read his Metro blogs here - http://blogs.metro.co.uk/author/paulgeoghegan/

  • Paul Horvath

    Paul Horvath

    Paul Horvath has practised law for over 18 years, in criminal law, commercial law and sports law. In 2008, Paul completed his Masters of Laws degree (LLM), with an emphasis on sports law. 

  • Paul J. Greene

    Paul J. Greene

     | @greenesportslaw

    Paul J. Greene, Esq. is a U.S. based sports lawyer who protects the rights of athletes in disputes, including those charged in anti-doping proceedings. Paul has been recognized by Chambers USA and Super Lawyers as one of America’s top sports lawyers.

  • Paul Waldron

    Paul Waldron

    Paul Waldron is a student-at-law with Lucentem Sports & Entertainment Law. Paul is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto where he received his J.D. and MBA degrees. Paul’s interests in law school included international trade and human rights.

  • Pavels Tjusevs

    Pavels Tjusevs

    Pavels is an associate at VARUL law office in Riga, Latvia. He specialises in drafting employment, transfer and sponsorship agreements. He also represents athletes in transfer and employment related disputes before the competent bodies. His additional area of expertise is corporate, media law as well as mergers and acquisitions.

  • Pete Hackleton

    Pete Hackleton

    Pete Hackleton is a Tax Partner in the Sports & Entertainment Group at Saffery Champness. Pete is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

  • Péter Rippel-Szabó

    Péter Rippel-Szabó

    Péter Rippel-Szabó is an attorney at law with Bird & Bird (Hungary) where he provides advice on sports law, corporate law, general commercial matters and competition law. Péter is a lecturer at the Faculty of Law of University ELTE Budapest, co-authored the textbook 'Sports Law - The Civil Law of Sport' (Budapest 2011) and has publications in law journals and on other prominent sports websites on a regular basis.

  • Philip Gibbs

    Philip Gibbs

    Philip is a barrister with over 20 years call specialising in Crime and Sports Law. Philip was recently co – counsel at the Court of Arbitration for Sport acting for Taekwondo Olympic gold medallist Mu Yen Chu and Chinese Taipei against the International Olympic Committee. 

  • Poonam Majithia

    Poonam Majithia

    Poonam is a trainee solicitor in the intellectual property team at CMS Cameron McKenna. As part of her training contract, she spent six months on secondment to the firm's Rio de Janeiro office in Brazil. Prior to joining CMS, Poonam worked at Amazon, eBay and The Economist where she gained experience in various aspects of media and digital media law, intellectual property, technology, and commercial contracts.

  • Dr Mark James

    Prof Mark James

    Mark is Professor of Laws at the Northumbria School of Law, specialising in the interaction between the criminal law and sporting events and activities. He has published extensively on legal issues relating to player violence and injuries, the regulation of football spectators and Olympic Law and has recently finished the 2nd edition of his textbook, Sports Law.

  • Professor Ian Blackshaw

    Professor Ian Blackshaw

    Professor Ian Blackshaw is an International Sports Lawyer and a former Vice President Legal Affairs of the ISL Sports Marketing Group, Lucerne, Switzerland. He qualified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales and also holds a Master’s Degree in International Sports Law from Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), Chelmsford and Cambridge, United Kingdom, where he is a Visiting Professor.

  • Raj Koriaa

    Raj Koria

    Raj Koria is an experienced and charismatic international sports business lawyer and adviser. Raj's experience includes media and television rights, sponsorship sales and servicing, product merchandising and retail distribution and on-site marketing operations. He is London based but services an international client base at Halebury, the alternative law firm.

  • Rhodri Thompson QC

    Rhodri Thompson QC

    +44 (0)20 7404 3447

    Rhodri is a specialist silk in EU and competition law, appearing regularly in the CAT, UK and EU Courts.  He has advised a wide range of sports and media organizations on issues arising out of the Bosman ruling and competition law, including the BBC, the Premier League, the lawn tennis governing bodies and football, cricket and rugby union clubs and players.  He is currently acting for Coventry City FC in a judicial review of the local council in respect of the Ricoh stadium, Coventry.

  • Richard Barham

    Richard Barham

    Richard heads both the London Corporate practice, and Sports practice, of Dentons.

    Richard's focus is on M&A and corporate work.  He is particularly interested in corporate governance issues, and regularly advises companies and other organisations on how they best operate to achieve good and effective governance standards.

  • Richard Berry

    Richard Berry

    Richard is an associate in the Sports Group at City law firm Lewis Silkin LLP. An employment lawyer with particular expertise in contractual issues, disciplinary proceedings and regulatory matters.

  • Richard Liddell

    Richard Liddell

    +44 (0)20 7822 2000

    Rick has a strong sports practice and is highly regarded for offering expertise in the field of sports law. He is recommended by the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners in the sports law arena and is described as “proving himself to be a rising star at the Bar for horseracing cases”, “well on his way to becoming a leading junior in the field” and “highly skilled, knows his brief and is not aggressive, but is certainly highly effective”.

  • Richard Williams

    Richard Williams

    Richard Williams is Senior Legal Counsel at Coca-Cola Enterprises, specialising in Employment and Commercial Law. He has previously worked at Dentons and SJ Berwin, as well as in-house counsel for Virgin Atlantic. Richard has particular experience in the sports sector, working with teams, sponsors and governing bodies.

  • Robert Tomback

    Robert Tomback

    Rob is a trainee at Charles Russell and to date has worked in the Commercial Dispute Resolution and Commercial Real Estate departments. He is also a member of the firm's Sports Group. Rob has completed a client secondment with The Football Association, where he worked on a wide range of litigious and commercial matters.

  • Roger Pielke, Jr

    Roger Pielke, Jr

    Roger Pielke, Jr. has been on the faculty of the University of Colorado since 2001 and is a Professor in the Environmental Studies Program and a Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES).

  • Rowland Jack

    Rowland Jack

    Rowland Jack founded I Trust Sport Ltd in London in 2013, a company dedicated to improving governance in international sport through collaboration. He has worked in international sport in the public and private sectors for 15 years, including in different communications roles at six editions of the Olympic Games.

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  • Roy Levy

    Roy Levy

    Roy is an attorney-at-law, at Probst Attorneys, Zurich, Switzerland. He specialises in litigation and arbitration relating to sports law e.g. transfer disputes, training compensation, eligibility issues, TV rights, doping, match fixing, players/agents contracts. He also has expertise in contract, employment, intellectual property and media law.

  • Ryan Becker

    Ryan Becker

    Ryan is in his final semester of law school at the University of Mississippi. He graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Sports Management from Florida State University in 2010. Ryan has worked in for numerous sports agencies in the States and has gained valuable experience working with contracts which have ranged from professional team deals to athlete endorsement agreements.

  • Ryan Lake

    Ryan Lake

    Ryan is an American attorney licensed in the state of Colorado. Currently Ryan is an attorney at the Lake Law Group, LLC, where he works extensively in the Olympic Movement, working on athlete disputes and team selection procedures.

  • Sam Vitty

    Sam Vitty

    Sam Vitty is a Solicitor in the Dispute Resolution Department of Morrisons Solicitors LLP where he provides advice in relation to contentious and regulatory matters to clients in a number of different areas.

  • Samantha Yardley

    Samantha Yardley

    Sam Yardley joined Watson, Farley & Williams in 2011 as a partner in the asset finance group based in London, following nearly twenty years experience, both in-house for several banks, and in private practice. She specialises in medium-ticket finance, from simple lending and leasing arrangements to complex, structured transactions, involving many classes of assets ranging from transport to computer technology.

  • Sean Cottrell

    Sean Cottrell

    Sean is the founder and CEO of LawInSport. Founded in 2010, LawInSport.com has become the "go to sports law website" for sports lawyers and sports executives across the world.

  • Shivam Singh

    Shivam Singh

    Shivam is presently pursuing his LLM from Columbia Law School, New York, USA and his first law degree was from National Law School of India University, Bangalore, India.

    He has previously worked as an Associate Attorney in the Advocate General's Office on general commercial and constitutional disputes at the Patna High Court in India.

  • Simon Pentol

    Simon Pentol

    Simon is a leading London barrister in the Chambers of Paul Mendelle QC and George Carter-Stephenson QC at 25 Bedford Row. Having initially earned a reputation as a sought after specialist criminal defence counsel of flair and ability in the field of organized crime and serious fraud where he is listed in the Legal 500 and has led in numerous high-profile cases involving sports matters/people (and others), Simon has also developed a formidable parallel practice as a Sports lawyer, engaged in disciplinary/regulatory and attendant advisory matters on behalf of various sports people and sporting bodies.

  • Stephen Hornsby

    Stephen Hornsby

    Stephen is a competition and EU specialist now a partner at Goodman Derrick LLP - first became involved in the application of law to sport when advising Newcastle United on the Bosman case. Since then, he has acted in a number of major regulatory and litigious matters in sports ranging from baseball to rugby union.

  • Stephen Ridgway

    Stephen Ridgway

    Stephen Ridgway is a commercial and media lawyer at SNR Denton with a particular emphasis on the sport sector. He acts for a number of major sports rights holders in relation to their media rights strategies both in the UK and overseas including the England and Wales Cricket Board and Chelsea Football Club.

  • Steve Simbler

    Steve Simbler

    Steve was a member of the Pharmacy Planning Group for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, planning and implementing pharmacy services across all venues, and worked in the Polyclinic Pharmacy in the Athletes Village, and the Olympic Park throughout the period of The Games.

  • Stuart Benzie

    Stuart Benzie

    Stuart is an experienced Commercial Lawyer and Advocate, who was called to the Bar in 2002, having qualified as a Solicitor with Clifford Chance in 1999. Stuart has advised a number of Premiership football clubs and an Italian Serie A club in relation to funding (and refinancing) structures for stadia.  


  • Takuya Yamazaki

    Takuya Yamazaki

    Takuya, a Japanese Attorney-at-Law, is the founder and Managing Partner of Field-R Law Offices, a niche sports and entertainment legal practice based in Tokyo.

    Takuya has vast legal and business experience in sports both in Japan and internationally. He is a member of the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber, a position held since 2009. In 2011 he became the Deputy Chairman of FIFPro Division Asia/Oceania.

  • Thomas Gibby

    Thomas Gibby

    Thomas is a Trainee Solicitor with Thomas Eggar LLP, currently based in the Commercial Property Disputes team at the firm’s London office having completed his first seat in Offshore Tax Planning.

  • Tim O'Connor

    Tim O'Connor

    Tim O'Connor BL is a practising barrister at the Irish Bar with a special interest in rugby and the law. He has published, spoken and blogged on concussion, liability, player eligibility issues and disciplinary challenges in rugby, as well as appearing for clients in rugby-related cases.

  • Timothy Killen

    Timothy Killen

    Tim was called to the Bar in 2010 and is developing a successful commercial practice focusing on the regulatory and contractual aspects of sports litigation. Before coming to the Bar, Tim taught law, first at the University of Birmingham and later at Birkbeck College, University of London at which time he was also a visiting lecturer at the University of Onsnabrück in Germany.

  • Tom Bullock

    Tom Bullock

    Tom is an associate specialising in commercial and corporate matters in the sports, entertainment and broadcasting sectors. At onside law, Tom regularly advises the England and Wales Cricket Board, the Lawn Tennis Association and the French Tennis Federation, as well as numerous prominent names in the world of golf.

  • Tom Burrows

    Tom Burrows

    Tom is an Associate in the Sport Group at Sheridans.He advises on all areas of commercial matters related to the sports industry, with particular experience in the sale and acquisition of media rights for numerous sports including football, cricket, rugby and horse racing.

  • Tom Grant

    Tom Grant

    Tom is a partner at Harris Hagan, the only law firm in the UK exclusively dedicated to gambling law. Tom advises on a broad range of commercial matters with a particular focus on gaming related products and services.

  • Tomas McGarvey

    Tomas McGarvey

    Tomas is a barrister and tenant at 7 Bell Yard Chambers in Temple, London. His practice covers all aspects of Crime (including private driving matters), Family and Prison Law. He also provides advice in relation to sports law and regulatory matters. Tomas is a keen sportsman with a particular interest in Rugby. He is a QPR, Ulster and Ireland fan and can often be found on the golf course (searching for his ball).

  • Will Hampshire

    Will Hampshire

    Will is a Solicitor in the Employment & Pensions Department of Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP, working for a broad range of clients. Will has particular experience in Employment Tribunal claims, representing both employers and employees on a variety of matters including unfair dismissal and a range of discrimination claims. Earlier this year he assisted in defending a high profile racial discrimination claim brought against one of our clients.

  • Will Nash

    Will Nash

    Will is a solicitor in the Employment and Pensions Service at Charles Russell. Will advises companies and senior individuals across a wide range of sectors. He works closely with the HR teams, in-house legal functions and directors of major companies, advising on all employee related issues including business sales, restructuring and complex disciplinary and grievance procedures.