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Mark Afeeva

"His straightforward and down-to-earth approach is appreciated by clients."

Legal 500 2015
Called: 1997

Mark has a strong junior practice across the fields of sports law, employment/discrimination law and media/entertainment law. He has been ranked for many years in the legal directories as a leading junior in both sports law and employment law. The Chambers & Partners legal directory stated that, according to clients, Mark “brings his expertise in employment, discrimination and media law to bear on sports matters” and that he has been “valued by sources for his excellent legal mind and his calming influence in tense situations”.

Mark’s instructions in the field of sports law include cases concerning disputes arising between sportsmen/women and their clubs or agents, as well as sports-related personal injury actions. He is a FA Registered Intermediary and is therefore entitled to conduct transfer negotiations on behalf of professional footballers. Mark is believed to be the first barrister instructed by a footballer to negotiate his transfer to a Premiership club and he has represented a number of professional footballers at clubs such as  Chelsea FC, Newcastle United FC, West Ham FC, Bolton Wanderers FC and Crystal Palace FC.

Mark is regularly instructed by the Professional Footballers Association to represent its members before FA, Premier League and Football League Tribunals, particularly in respect of disciplinary proceedings. Mark was instructed to represent Sol Campbell in Football League arbitration proceedings against Notts County FC and acted for the same player in his breach of contract claim against Portsmouth FC. He also appeared in FA Arbitration and High Court proceedings for the football agent Sky Andrew in his breach of contract claim against England international Jermain Defoe. Mark  represented Jay Bothroyd, the QPR and England striker, in his defence of a breach of contract claim brought by his former agents and conversely, has acted for a number of leading football agents in their contractual disputes with football players. He has also represented many football clubs before FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber in relation to their claims for solidarity payments and training compensation arising from the international transfers of football players, as well as for Ghanaian international football players concerning breach of contract claims against their clubs.

In the world of showjumping, Mark has represented riders both in relation to  governing bodies and team selections for international competitions and contractual disputes between riders and trainers.  He acted for Tim Don, the World Triathlon Champion, in doping offence disciplinary proceedings brought by the British Triathlon Association. He also appeared in  proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Gibraltar Badminton Federation v The International Badminton Federation. He was formerly a consultant to Team Sports Management Ltd (a sports & music management company) and the First Artist player management agency.

In the employment sphere, Mark has developed a practice covering unfair and wrongful dismissal claims, which often overlap with the sex, race and disability discrimination actions that form the cornerstone of his discrimination law practice. He has particular experience of discrimination claims brought against academic institutions that have been commenced by both teaching staff and pupils/students. He appeared as sole Counsel in the 50-day employment tribunal hearing of Anyanwu v South Bank University.

Mark was also instructed in Ben-Hassine v Birmingham University, the first religious discrimination claim brought by a student against a University. Similarly, he is well-versed in dismissal and discrimination claims brought by employees against investment banks (such as Barclays Capital and Merrill Lynch) and other large financial institutions (e.g. Zurich Insurance). He appeared as junior Counsel for the Applicant in Kamlesh Bahl v The Law Society. Mark also acted for the Claimant in Ali Dizaei v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis.

Mark has advised a number of recording artists on the terms of both their recording and management contracts and has also acted for recording artists in their actions for copyright infringement and passing off. He has acted in a number of cases involving defamation, malicious falsehood, the law of confidence and privacy. Mark formerly worked as a Libel Reader for The Independent, Mirror Group Newspapers and Associated Newspapers and he has advised as the pre-publication reviewer of a number of film and book manuscripts.

Formerly a Consultant to Team Sports Management Ltd (sports & music management company) and the First Artist player management agency

Formerly a Libel Reader for The Independent, Mirror Group Newspapers and Associated Newspapers

Formerly a Development Programme Chairman of the Sports Dispute Resolution Panel’s National Anti-Doping Panel

Mark is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. In order to provide legal services to his clients, including advice and representation services, Mark needs to collect and hold personal data. This includes his client’s personal data and the personal data of others who feature in the matter upon which he is instructed. To read Mark’s privacy notice in full, please see here.

Mark is regulated by the Bar Standards Board and accepts instructions under Standard Contractual Terms. To find out more information on this and the way we work at Matrix, including our fee transparency statement, please see our see our service standards.

DIRECTORY RECOMMENDATIONS

"Brings his expertise in employment, discrimination and media law to bear on sports matters. He acts for clubs, sportsmen and women and agents from a wide variety of sports."

Chambers & Partners (Sport)

"Very calm under pressure and is always unfazed by whatever is thrown at him."

Legal 500 (Employment)

"Strong client support."

Legal 500 (Sport)

"Valued by sources for his excellent legal mind and his calming influence in tense situations."

"Masses of stamina and is punching well above his weight."

"Very good at mastering the details of complex cases."

Chambers & Partners (Employment)
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Mark Afeeva
Called: 1997

"His straightforward and down-to-earth approach is appreciated by clients."

Legal 500 2015

MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Commercial Law
  • Employment Law
  • Discrimination and Equality
  • Sports Law
  • Commercial Public Law

Mark Afeeva

Contact Mark: markafeeva@matrixlaw.co.uk | +44 (0)20 7404 3447

Contact Mark's Practice Team (Team M): TeamM@matrixlaw.co.uk


Mark has a strong junior practice across the fields of sports law, employment/discrimination law and media/entertainment law. He has been ranked for many years in the legal directories as a leading junior in both sports law and employment law. The Chambers & Partners legal directory stated that, according to clients, Mark “brings his expertise in employment, discrimination and media law to bear on sports matters” and that he has been “valued by sources for his excellent legal mind and his calming influence in tense situations”.

Sports Disputes

Mark’s instructions in the field of sports law include cases concerning disputes arising between sportsmen/women and their clubs or agents, as well as sports-related personal injury actions. He is a FA Registered Intermediary and is therefore entitled to conduct transfer negotiations on behalf of professional footballers. Mark is believed to be the first barrister instructed by a footballer to negotiate his transfer to a Premiership club and he has represented a number of professional footballers at clubs such as  Chelsea FC, Newcastle United FC, West Ham FC, Bolton Wanderers FC and Crystal Palace FC. Mark is regularly instructed by the Professional Footballers Association to represent its members before FA, Premier League and Football League Tribunals, particularly in respect of disciplinary proceedings. Mark was instructed to represent Sol Campbell in Football League arbitration proceedings against Notts County FC and acted for the same player in his breach of contract claim against Portsmouth FC. He also appeared in FA Arbitration and High Court proceedings for the football agent Sky Andrew in his breach of contract claim against England international Jermain Defoe. Mark  represented Jay Bothroyd, the QPR and England striker, in his defence of a breach of contract claim brought by his former agents and conversely, has acted for a number of leading football agents in their contractual disputes with football players. He has also represented many football clubs before FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber in relation to their claims for solidarity payments and training compensation arising from the international transfers of football players, as well as for Ghanaian international football players concerning breach of contract claims against their clubs. In the world of showjumping, Mark has represented riders both in relation to  governing bodies and team selections for international competitions and contractual disputes between riders and trainers.  He acted for Tim Don, the World Triathlon Champion, in doping offence disciplinary proceedings brought by the British Triathlon Association. He also appeared in  proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Gibraltar Badminton Federation v The International Badminton Federation. He was formerly a consultant to Team Sports Management Ltd (a sports & music management company) and the First Artist player management agency.

Discrimination and Employment Claims

In the employment sphere, Mark has developed a practice covering unfair and wrongful dismissal claims, which often overlap with the sex, race and disability discrimination actions that form the cornerstone of his discrimination law practice. He has particular experience of discrimination claims brought against academic institutions that have been commenced by both teaching staff and pupils/students. He appeared as sole Counsel in the 50-day employment tribunal hearing of Anyanwu v South Bank University. Mark was also instructed in Ben-Hassine v Birmingham University, the first religious discrimination claim brought by a student against a University. Similarly, he is well-versed in dismissal and discrimination claims brought by employees against investment banks (such as Barclays Capital and Merrill Lynch) and other large financial institutions (e.g. Zurich Insurance). He appeared as junior Counsel for the Applicant in Kamlesh Bahl v The Law Society. Mark also acted for the Claimant in Ali Dizaei v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis.

Media and Entertainment

Mark has advised a number of recording artists on the terms of both their recording and management contracts and has also acted for recording artists in their actions for copyright infringement and passing off. He has acted in a number of cases involving defamation, malicious falsehood, the law of confidence and privacy. Mark formerly worked as a Libel Reader for The Independent, Mirror Group Newspapers and Associated Newspapers and he has advised as the pre-publication reviewer of a number of film and book manuscripts.

Additional Experience

Formerly a Consultant to Team Sports Management Ltd (sports & music management company) and the First Artist player management agency Formerly a Libel Reader for The Independent, Mirror Group Newspapers and Associated Newspapers Formerly a Development Programme Chairman of the Sports Dispute Resolution Panel’s National Anti-Doping Panel
Mark's Privacy Notice

Mark is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. In order to provide legal services to his clients, including advice and representation services, Mark needs to collect and hold personal data. This includes his client’s personal data and the personal data of others who feature in the matter upon which he is instructed. To read Mark’s privacy notice in full, please see here.


DIRECTORY RECOMMENDATIONS

"Brings his expertise in employment, discrimination and media law to bear on sports matters. He acts for clubs, sportsmen and women and agents from a wide variety of sports."

Chambers & Partners (Sport)

"Very calm under pressure and is always unfazed by whatever is thrown at him."

Legal 500 (Employment)

"Strong client support."

Legal 500 (Sport)

"Valued by sources for his excellent legal mind and his calming influence in tense situations."

"Masses of stamina and is punching well above his weight."

"Very good at mastering the details of complex cases."

Chambers & Partners (Employment)