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Road to Rio: Sports Law Briefing Series

In the run up to the Rio Olympics and Paralympics, the sports law team created an article series of free briefings, entitled “Road to Rio”. Topics included discrimination and personal liability, human rights and labour violations, corruption, doping, immigration issues, and selection and funding disputes. The briefings are available to download and are listed below.

Andrew Smith – Introduction to the Series

Briefing 1: Paul Nicholls QC – Discrimination & Personal Liability in Sport

Briefing 2: Nicholas Randall QC – Disciplinary Issues in Sport

Briefing 3: Gavin Millar QC – Doping in Sport

Briefing 4: Karon Monaghan QC – Human rights and labour violations in sport

Briefing 5: Tim Owen QC – Corruption in Sport

Briefing 6: Nicholas Randall QC – Arbitration in Sport

Briefing 7: Hugh Southey QC – Immigration and Sport

Briefing 8: Phillippa Kaufmann QC and Sarah Hannett – Regulation and Judicial Review in Sport

The members of our sports law team are involved in a diverse range of high profile and complex sports law cases, which intersect with our expertise in:

Our clients include international governing bodies, professional clubs, managers and players, players’ unions, sports associations, broadcasters, and individual athletes. We have been instructed on cases concerning, among other matters, anti-doping, transfer restrictions, employment disputes, funding and other contractual disputes, state aid, exclusive broadcasting rights deals, and competition disputes.

We have written a series of articles on sports law issues in the run up to the Olympic and Paralympic games in Brazil this year. Sign up to our mailing list to receive further updates or download the articles here. We write regularly on a range of sports law topics at LawInSport.com.

 

Notable cases

We have advised and acted in a number of high profile cases. Recent examples include:

  • Instructed by UEFA and FIFPro in connection with their Joint Complaint to the European Commission regarding the practice of Third Party Ownership (“TPO”) in football: see the press releases here, and some of the media coverage here and here.
  • Acted for Hull City FC in a Rule K arbitration regarding the FA’s decision to refuse Hull’s application to change the club’s name to Hull Tigers: see the Arbitral Award here. We are also instructed by Queens Park Rangers in its challenge to the Football League’s Financial Fair Play (“FFP”) Regulations.
  • Acted in the dispute between Massimo Cellino (the Leeds United owner) and the Football League regarding the application of the fit and proper person test: see the two decisions of the Professional Conduct Committee here and here.
  • Acted for the owners of Coventry City FC in the dispute concerning the occupation and use of the Ricoh Arena stadium, including contentious issues of state aid: see the High Court judgment here.
  • Instructed in an age discrimination claim concerning the ECB’s policy governing the retirement of first class cricket umpires: see some of the media coverage here and a copy of the Employment Tribunal’s judgment here.
  • Acted for the defendants in the Pakistani cricket spot-fixing trial.

Arbitration expertise

Members at Matrix regularly appear as counsel and arbitrators in sports arbitration, including arbitrating on the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne and as an FA Arbitrator and is a member of the FA Premier League Panel. In the Court of Arbitration for Sport, we have sat on many cases, including Mohamed Bin Hammam v FIFA CAS 2011/A/2625, Veronica Campbell-Brown v Jamaica Athletics Association & IAAF CAS 2014/A/3487, and World Anti-Doping Agency v Lallukka CAS 2014/A/3488. In addition, we have acted in an ad hoc clerking capacity for the Court of Arbitration for Sport on several cases, including Dutee Chand v International Associations of Athletics Federations, the well-reported case of a female athlete with hyper-androgenism who was prevented from competing in international competitions.

We have represented West Ham United in FA/FAPL arbitrations brought by Fulham FC and the players of Sheffield United arising out of the Carlos Tevez affair

We have a number of accredited arbitrators for Sport Resolution and members of the Sport Resolutions pro bono advocates panel.

We also have members who sit on specific disciplinary tribunals, such as the British Judo Association in regard to the complex investigation of a senior coach dealing with allegations of misconduct covering several decades.

Investigation expertise

Our Investigations and Audits team have also worked in cases relating to sporting organisations. One of our members led the investigation and the subsequent report into individuals whose conduct was alleged to be in breach of the International Association of Athletics Federations Code of Ethics.

MEET OUR MEMBERS:

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Mark Afeeva
Mark Afeeva
Called: 1997
Christopher Brown
Christopher Brown
Called: 2002
Edward Craven
Edward Craven
Called: 2007
Prof. Zachary Douglas
Prof. Zachary Douglas QC
Called: 2006 Silk: 2015
Academic
Nicholas Gibson
Nicholas Gibson
Called: 2009 Solicitor: 2004
Richard Hermer QC
Richard Hermer QC
Called: 1993 Silk 2009
Sir Anthony Hooper
Sir Anthony Hooper
Called: 1965 Silk: 1987
Associate
Anthony Hudson QC
Anthony Hudson QC
Call: 1996 Silk: 2015
Darryl Hutcheon
Darryl Hutcheon
Called: 2014
Phillippa Kaufmann QC
Phillippa Kaufmann QC
Called: 1991 Silk: 2011
Thomas Kibling
Thomas Kibling
Called: 1990
Julian B. Knowles QC
Julian B. Knowles QC
Called: 1994 Silk: 2011
James Laddie QC
James Laddie QC
Called: 1995 Silk: 2012
Thomas Linden
Thomas Linden QC
Called: 1989 Silk: 2006
Rachel Logan
Rachel Logan
Called: 2008
Associate
Lord Ken Macdonald QC
Lord Ken Macdonald QC
Called: 1978 Silk: 1997
Associate
Alison Macdonald
Alison Macdonald
Called: 2000
Sara Mansoori
Sara Mansoori
Called: 1997
Gavin Millar QC
Gavin Millar QC
Called: 1981 Silk: 2000
Karon Monaghan QC
Karon Monaghan QC
Called: 1989 Silk: 2008
Clare Montgomery QC
Clare Montgomery QC
Called: 1980 Silk: 1996
Aidan O’Neill QC (Scot)
Aidan O’Neill QC (Scot)
Called: 1996 Silk: 1999
Tim Owen QC
Tim Owen QC
Called: 1983 Silk: 2000
Nicholas Randall QC
Nicholas Randall QC
Called: 1990 Silk: 2013
Matthew Ryder QC
Matthew Ryder QC
Called: 1992 Silk: 2010
Associate
Prof. Philippe Sands QC
Prof. Philippe Sands QC
Called: 1985 Silk: 2003
Academic
Lorna Skinner
Lorna Skinner
Called: 1997
Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith
Called: 2008
Hugh Southey QC
Hugh Southey QC
Called: 1996 Silk: 2010
Rhodri Thompson QC
Rhodri Thompson QC
Called: 1989 Silk: 2002
Hugh Tomlinson QC
Hugh Tomlinson QC
Called: 1983 Silk: 2002