Louis Weston

Year of Call:
1994
Direct Access:
Yes

Louis Weston is a highly regarded Commercial and Sports Law litigator.

He has a wealth of experience across commercial litigation with an emphasis on matters arising from sport, civil fraud, professional negligence, gambling and failed business ventures. He is regularly instructed to gain injunctive relief and freezing orders.

Louis mixes superb advocacy skills with ‘humour and charm’ and is complimented for his ‘strong intellect’ and being able to ‘quickly identify the key issues in any dispute’.

In Sports Law he has acted for many years in Sports Regulation, Governance, Disciplinary Cases, Safeguarding and Anti-Doping and is ranked as a leading junior in Chambers and Partners and Legal 500.  Louis acts and advises Sports Governing Bodies and Players in the UK, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia before sporting tribunals, courts and the CAS. 

Louis has been quoted:  “He has a big racehorse practice and he acts on high-profile cases. He is very academic and can see the big picture.”   

Louis accepts instructions on a Direct Access basis in appropriate cases. 

Expertise

Louis has specialised in Commercial litigation for over 20 years.  

He has a wealth of experience regularly receiving instructions to appear before all of the High Court Divisions; Commercial, Kings Bench and Court of Appeal as well as Mediation and Arbitration in commercial disputes arising from contractual disputes, failed business ventures or partnerships or fraud, professional negligence as well as in Sale of Goods and product liability disputes.   

He acts in high value claims and claims demanding interim injunctions, and freezing orders for large corporations, SMEs and individuals. 

He acts in cases of professional negligence against and for solicitors and surveyors. 

He has a particular interest in cases touching and concerning sport and has acted for boxing promoters, racehorse owners and trainers, and motorsport enthusiasts, and in cases arising from gambling debts and failure to protect gamblers from the perils of gambling and comply with LCCP. 

Recent cases include: Commercial Disputes, Failed Business Ventures, and Commercial Fraud.

Notable Commercial cases


Rose v Ladbrokes [2022]

Acting for Claimant in a claim for losses sustained by a compulsive gambler, one of 10 or more cases currently acting upon.

CWT Commodities v The Storage Equipment Centre Limited [2021]

Acting for the Claimant in claim for c£1m arising from collapse of racking system in a commercial warehouse, with claims for indemnities, damage to goods and loss of business.

Epoq Legal Ltd v DAS Legal Expenses Insurance Co Ltd [2022] EWHC 759 and 1577 (Comm)

Acting for the Defendant in the successful challenge to a claim for fees under a licensing agreement, case included complex factual argument and the successful resistance to a summary judgment/strike out application and some guidance on approach to costs and non party disclosure.

Tamiz v Offley [2022] EWHC 305 (QB)

Ongoing case in which a security for costs application was granted against a ‘nominal Claimant’ who was acting for an offshore trust.

A v B [2022]

Acting for company in obtaining a Freezing Order in claim arising from fraud on a company by one of its employees, involving faked identities.

J v Y [2022]

Acting for former sales agent who had been deprived of exclusive sales agreement.

B V G [2020]

Acting for a fishery adversely affected by exercise of compulsory powers under the Railway Regulation Act 1842 recovering compensation and order for specific performance.

Z v U [2021]

Acting for investors in an ongoing dispute over a joint venture to construct properties using foreign investments.

H v B [2021]

Acting in a dispute over the quality of seed potatoes supplied under a farming contract in arbitration.

V v G [2021]

Acting for Claimant in a claim against Insurer for insurance cover following avoidance of insurance cover in £1M Claim.

W v P [2020]

Acting for a milk supplier in a pricing dispute with a dairy purchaser.

C v X [2019]

Acting for a motorsport competitor in a dispute over the running and management of an international competition.

A v B [2017-2018]

Acting with Leading Counsel in a contractual performance and fraud claim dispute in arbitration under UNCITRAL in London in a case with a quantum of c$US15m.

R v N [2018]

Acting for a crane supplier company in a three-party dispute after damage to a hospital’s scanning machine in transit by a sub-contracted haulier, interesting issues under standard terms in RHA and Crane Hire Contract.

S v G [2018]

Acting in the Commercial Court in a dispute between a specialist offshore diving company in respect of pipe laying for windfarms.

G v H [2018]

Acting in the Commercial Court in a dispute between a specialist offshore diving company in respect of pipe laying for windfarms.

UKCP v BH [2017]

Acting for a health care regulator in a dispute arising from the regulators conduct of disciplinary proceedings against a member, resisting strike out/summary application leading.

E v R [2017]

Acting for a freight forwarded and customs agent in a claim against former employee from breach of employees obligations.

Tanir v Tanir [2016] 4 WLR 8

Acting for Defendant in setting aside default judgment where service could not be proved on the Court file.

Louis has specialised in Sports Law for over 15 years. He has appeared in many of the leading cases in the UK involving corruption in sport and has acted for and advised national and international sports regulatory bodies in the UK, Ireland, the Middle East and Asia across a range of sports including Horseracing, Snooker, Badminton, Rugby, Darts, Cricket, Gymnastics, and Greyhound Racing. 

Louis has represented governing bodies and athletes both before Disciplinary Tribunals in UK, Switzerland and the Far East, the CAS and the Courts (High Court and Court of Appeal). He also acts for sports governing bodies and national and international federations, athletes and their representatives in anti-doping, match fixing and corruption, safeguarding, selection disputes and in on-field disputes and appeals as well as in civil actions arising out of sport including commercial and personal injury disputes. 

He advises sports governing bodies and federations in the UK and internationally on their governance and regulation of sport and sporting disputes and drafts and advises on the structure of rules and regulations and the structure and methods of policing sports related corruption.  

Louis is a member of the ICC’s Independent Oversight Group of the ICC’s anti-corruption unit, the FA’s Judicial Panel, British Gymnastics’ Independent Case Panel and Sports Resolutions and Sport Disputes Ireland’s arbitral panel and its pro-bono group. He is also a member of Law In Sport’s editorial board and writes and speaks on sports corruption issues. 

He sits an arbitrator in Rule K Arbitrations and panellist for a range of sports.    

A regular speaker and author on matters concerning sport, he is the co-author of Lissack and Horlick on Bribery and Corruption’s chapter on Bribery, Corruption and Sport. 

Louis accepts direct access instructions in appropriate cases. 

HORSERACING 

Louis has acted for the British Horseracing Authority and the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board for many years and prosecuted many of the leading cases in the sport on corruption, anti-doping and misfeasance as well as acting in over 20 appeals from the Racecourse.   

Internationally, Louis has also advised other federations and governing bodies.  

Examples of recent or notorious cases include: 

Robbie Dunne 2022

Prosecution for the BHA of the jockey Robbie Dunne for his abusive behaviour towards Bryony Frost and resisting subsequent appeal.   

Waggot & Walker 2022

Prosecution for the BHA of two racecourse employees for doping horses at Newcastle Racecourse leading to 10 years disqualifications. 

Kieran Cotter 2022

Prosecution for the IHRB of a trainer for breaches of the anti-doping and trainers’ obligations leading to a fine of over €20,000. 

Commonwealth Cup 2021

Acting for the BHA in resisting an appeal from the Group 1 Race at Ascot. 

Paul D’Arcy/Nampara 2020

Prosecution of the trainer under the BHA’s anti-doping rules for strict liability offence. 

Robert Downey 2020

Advising and representing the BHA in opposing a Jockey’s application for non-reciprocation of a sanction imposed by France Galop for an anti-doping violation. 

Ismail Mohammed/Amazour 2019

Prosecution of the trainer under the BHA’s anti-doping rules for strict liability offence.  

Aubrey McMahon/Batico 2019

Successful prosecution for the IHRB of a non-trier under the new and revised rules. 

Denis Quinn/Murdovana 2019

Prosecution of the trainer under the BHA’s anti-doping rules for strict liability offence. 

Blaze of Enchantment 2017

Successful prosecution for BHA of a Jockey and two bettors in respect of a stopping ride and associated betting.  

Luke Comer 2017

Successful prosecution of a Trainer for failing to exercise adequate supervision and obstructing Turf Club investigation. 

Jim Best 2016

Successfully prosecuting for BHA the Trainer Jim Best for giving instructions to stop two horses, the case has received substantial coverage and attention. 

McKeown v BHA [2010] EWHC 508 (Admin)

Appearing for the BHA in disciplinary proceedings and in the High Court for race fixing greyhounds.

BADMINTON

Louis has advised and acted for the BWF in cases of match fixing and internal corruption for many years, appearing before the CAS and the BWF’s own tribunals.

Examples of recent or notorious cases include: 

Lin Hui, Yu Chen, Ji Ting and Tan Qiang 2022

Prosecution of Chinese players for failing to make best efforts in a match, established by expert evidence and performance analaysis. 

Zhu Hao and Bin Rong 2021

Prosecution of match fixing in international tournaments.

Ze Lim 2020

Prosecution for illicit betting and wagering in international tournaments.

Tandjaya and 8 others 2020

Prosecution of a massive network of match fixers who operated internationally.  

Zulfadli Zulkiffli and Tan Chung Seang 2019

Before the CAS, acting for BWF in its successful opposition to appeals against findings and sanction before the CAS sitting in Kuala Lumpur. The CAS decision CAS 2018/A/5846 & 2018/A/5847 addresses jurisdiction of the CAS under an arbitration agreement, issues of admissibility and rights in interview, consent to mobile phone investigation, specificity of charges and dismissed the appeals against findings, then went on to uphold sanctions of suspensions of 20 years and 15 years respectively against the extensive match fixing established. 

Joachim Persson 2019

Successfully prosecuting the Danish former top 10 player for failing to provide information to an investigation and failing to report corruption. Player suspended for 18 months. 

Raj Gaya 2018

Acting for the Badminton World Federation (BWF) in its prosecution of Raj Gaya BWF Council Member, Secretary General of the Badminton Confederation of Africa (BCA) and President of the Mauritius Badminton Association (MBA) for his use of funds intended for sporting purposes, paid into his own bank account over a period of many years. Gaya was banned for life and fined $50,000. 

Zulfadli Zulkiffli and Tan Chung Seang 2018

Prosecuting two players for match fixing and point fixing. Following a hearing in February in Singapore, the two players, who contested the charges were found in breach and suspended for 20 years and 15 years respectively as well as fined. The case was the first corruption case brought by the BWF and is a vindication of its robust stand to corruption. 

RUGBY

Louis has acted for the FFR for its players and for the RFU in relation to disciplinary cases and betting irregularities.  

Examples of recent or notorious cases include: 

Paul Willemse 2021

Representing the French Lock in successfully challenging a citing for gouging.

Bernard Le Roux 2021

Representing the French Lock in succesfuly challenging an citing for violent conduct.

Mohamed Haouas 2020

Representing the French international prop in respect of disciplinary proceedings arising from his red card in the Scotland v France Six nations, in respect of which he received a 3 week suspension. 

Sébastien Vahaamahina 2019

Representing the French international second-row, for the Fédération Française de Rugby (FFR), who was red-carded for a strike to the face of the Welsh flanker in the quarter final of the Rugby World Cup 2019 sent-off and whose absence from the game probably caused the French team to be knocked out. The Player was subject to a sanction decision by World Rugby during the World Cup and received a sanction of a 6 week suspension, notwithstanding the very hostile response to his sending off and the publicity surrounding it. 

Paul Gabrillagues 2019

Representing the French international for the Fédération Française de Rugby (FFR) on a citing for dangerous play during warm up matches for the World Cup 2019 both at first instance and on appeal. First instance decision of a six match suspension successfully appealed, leading to a three week suspension with the important consequence that the player was then open for selection in the World Cup. 

Bryce Heem 2019

Acting for the RFU in successfully resisting the appeal of Bryce Heem against the imposition of a sanction for a “tip-tackle” and ending with the upholding on other grounds of the first instance disciplinary decision. 

Sacha Zegueur 2019

Represented the French rugby man and the FFR following the player’s red card during the 6 Nations’ Under 20s opening match. 

Kevin Gourdon 2018

Represented the French flanker Kevin Gourdon in his successful defence to a citing for dangerous play following the match France v NZ (11.11.17). 

Pierre-Henri Azagoh and Hassane Kolingar 2018

Acting for the French under-20 Internationals following red cards and review of sanction for allegation of dangerous play in the match France v England (9.3.18) before the 6 Nations Disciplinary Committee. 

Matthew Hart 2018

Acting for the RFU in the prosecution of a registered agent for breaching the unit betting code and non cooperation. Substantially the case involved challenge to a false ‘basis of plea’ and ended in a 22 months suspension. 

SNOOKER

Louis has acted for and advised the WPBSA over a number of years in relation to corruption and match fixing and other disciplinary issues in snooker.

Recent cases include:

Peter Lines 2021
Successful prosecution of player for ill judged behaviour towards a fellow professional. 

Jamie Jones Appeal 2019

Successfully resisting appeal against sanction by Jamie Jones following his being found in breach in 2018 and sanctioned in 2019. 

David John and Jamie Jones 2019

Prosecutions of David John for match fixing and Jamie Jones for failing to report corruption. Suspended for 5 years 7 months and 12 months respectively. 

Yu Delu and Cao Yupeng 2018

Prosecutions of the two snooker players for match fixing. Suspended for 10 years and 9 months and 6 years. 

Bingham 2017

Prosecution of former world champion for illicit betting.

John Sutton 2015

Prosecution of a snooker player for match fixing. 

Stephen Lee 2014

Resisting an appeal brought on the grounds of bias, non-disclosure and insufficient evidence.  The Appeal was dismissed. 

Stephen Lee 2013

Prosecution of the leading snooker player for allegations of match fixing (including score fixing) at, amongst other events, the World Championships in 2009. The case concluded in September 2013 with Lee being found in breach of the Rules, banned for 12 years and ordered to pay £40,000 in costs. 

Greyhound Board of Great Britain

Louis has acted for and advised the GBGB over a number of years in relation to corruption and match fixing and other disciplinary issues in Greyhound Racing.

Whelan et al 2019

Successful prosecution of a 6 licensed persons for doping violations in relation to Greyhounds, indefinite warnings off and fines for 5 of the accused and one reprimanded. 

Tanner 2018

Successful prosecution of a sales agent for failing to take proper care of Greyhounds in his charge, indefinite warning off. 

Wileman 2017

The prosecution of an owner who chained himself to a fence at a Greyhound meeting leading to indefinite warning off. 

Calvert 2015

The prosecution of a Trainer for breach of the anti-doping rules and allegations of betting. 

Mosdall 2015

The prosecution of a Trainer for race fixing and doping following the BBC Panorama expose of his improper conduct. 

Tungatt 2015

The prosecution of a Trainer for breach of the anti-doping rules. 

Boothby and Henlow Stadium 2015

Resisting the appeal of a stadium and its officer following the death of a Greyhound. 

Berwick 2015

Prosecution of a Trainer for breach of the anti-doping rules. 

Mullins 2014

Acting for the GBGB in its successful prosecution of a trainer who had in his charge a Greyhound which had tested positive for a banned substance. 

Cronin v Greyhound Board of Great Britain [2013] EWCA Civ 668

A wide-ranging dispute over the enforcement of the decision of the GBGB’s Disciplinary decision against a trainer and establishing the arguable need for a sports regulator to provide reasons for its decision, and that the fairness of a sports regulator’s disciplinary process was to be viewed by reference to its first tier and appeal procedures.  Arose from Disciplinary Proceedings over welfare issues in 2010. 

DARTS

Louis has acted for the DRA in the prosecution of match fixing and misfeasance in the world of Darts.

McKinstrry 2020

Prosecution of a professional darts player for match fixing during the lockdown tournaments. 

Gerwyn Price 2019

Acting for the Darts Regulatory Authority (DRA) in successfully resisting an appeal against findings of breach by the leading darts player Gerwyn Price and resisting his appeal against sanctions. 

Other sports

Louis has acted and advised athletes in cases of anti-doping violations and safeguarding concerns, and in respect of challenges to the decisions of Federations.  Sports have included Motorsport, Table Tennis, Athletics, Pentathlon, Cricket and Pigeon Racing.

Notable Cases Before the Courts and the CAS: 

Zulfadli bin Zulkiffli & Tan Cheun Seang v Badminton World Federation CAS2018/A/5846 & 847

Resisting a very wide ranging appeal by two badminton players against their being found to have fixed and manipulated matches and sanctions to suspensions of 20 and 15 years. The CAS decision addresses the scope and jurisdiction of a CAS tribunal, admissibility of evidence from interviews and phone analysis and approves substantial sanctions for match fixing. 

Cronin v Greyhound Board of Great Britain [2013] EWCA Civ 668

A wide-ranging dispute over the enforcement of the decision of the GBGB’s Disciplinary decision against a trainer and establishing the arguable need for a sports regulator to provide reasons for its decision, and that the fairness of a sports regulator’s disciplinary process was to be viewed by reference to its first tier and appeal procedures. 

McKeown v BHA [2010] EWHC 508 (admin).

Acting for the BHA with Mark Warby, QC (as he then was) resisting a challenge to the disciplinary process and decision of the BHA’s Disciplinary Panel and Appeal Board. The case establishes that a professional sporting tribunal is entitled to reach a decision without expert evidence before it and dismissed the many other complaints made of the BHA’s processes. 

Louis acts for and against professionals in negligence actions, he has acted and advised in cases against solicitors, surveyors, doctors and veterinarians.   

 X v Y [2021] 

Acting for Defendant Solicitors in successful summary judgment of allegations of negligence in conveyancing relating to Japanese Knot Weed.  

X v Y [2020] 

Acting for Claimants in a claim for negligent overvaluation of a property. 

B v V [2020] 

Acting for Claimant in claim for solicitor’s negligence in failure to properly advise in relation to the settlement of a personal injury claim. 

British Gas Trading v Oak Cash and Carry [2016] 1 WLR 4530 

Acting for the Defendant in Court of Appeal; appeal against refusal of relief from sanctions following Mitchell and Denton.

2016 L v S

Acting for a claimant in a mediated settlement of a claim for loss of high value jewellery kept in a safety deposit box. 

 

Sport and Gambling

Louis is currently instructed and acting in a series of claims against bookmakers and online betting platforms for breach of licence obligations under the Gambling Act 2005 for numerous bettors who claim that the betting companies have failed to abide by their obligations under the conditions of licence or otherwise breached the betting contracts or acted unlawfully.  Louis has previously advised and acted in cases alleging unlawful gambling, breach of licence conditions and offences under the Act. 

V v G [2022] 

Acting for owner in a case involving misuse of a trainer’s line and claim in conversation for sale of racehorses. 

Carl Frampton v Cyclone [2018] 

Acting for Cyclone Promotions in the UK in respect of the dispute between Barry McGuigan and Carl Frampton. 

N v B 2017 

Acting for a racehorse trainer in a dispute over fees and their recovery. 

Gharaibian Saki v Trant [2008] EWHC 492 

Shareholder dispute as to ownership of a casino. 

 

Professional Regulation 

Louis acts for the RCVS and has acted for the GMC, the HAC and other medical regulators, as well as defending before the RCVS and NMC. 

Notable Professional Regulations cases:

RCVS v Dhami [2019] 

Acting for RCVS in a case of alleged aggression by a vet against a dog. 

ARCP [2018] 

Acting for a surgeon in respect of a dispute as to his ARCP outcome. 

Patricia Annon v NMC [2017] EWHC 1879, [2017] ACD 107 

Successful appeal against a practice order which did not impose reasonable conditions. 

RCVS v David Eccles 2017 

Defending a veterinarian in respect of charges for misdiagnosis and treatment of a small animal. 

RCVS v Joseph Holmes 2016 

Defending a veterinarian in claims of unnecessary surgery and treatment in small animals. 

RCVS v John Wilson 2013 

Defending a veterinarian in claims of misfeasance in TB tests. 

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“He has a big racehorse practice and he acts on high-profile cases. He is very academic and can see the big picture.”

Sports, Chambers and Partners 2023

"He provides advice that contains a clear plan of action, and he is capable of navigating through the most complex of issues."

Sports Law, Chambers & Partners 2022

"Great advocate, superb at cross-examination. Completely top of his game."

Sport, Legal 500 2022

"Louis is sharp, provides thoughtful advice and proactively looks for solutions."

Chambers UK 2021, Sport – Band 1

"His advice and advocacy is extremely high quality. He is a pleasure to work with and his advocacy style is well suited to disciplinary panels. His demeanour with participants is a huge strength, being able to defuse a hostile respondent and narrow issues in a difficult case."

Legal 500 2021, Sport – Band 1

"Razor-sharp and genuinely specialises in this area of practice. The go-to practitioner, without a doubt, in the area of sports integrity and regulation."

Chambers UK 2020, Sport – Band 1

"Strong intellect and easily able to identify the issues and formulate strategy to address them."

Legal 500 2020, Sport

"The best in the country for corruption cases." "He particularly shines out in sports regulatory work." "Good for parachuting in on big cases."

Chambers UK 2019, Sport – Band 1

"Very good with witnesses."

Legal 500 2018/19, Sport

"He is completely on top of the law that applies to sporting tribunals. He has a very good manner, is very easy to work with and very clear in his advice."

Chambers UK 2018, Sport – Band 1

"He has the strongest experience of match-fixing matters in the UK." "He is a very good and charming advocate; very natural on his feet."

Chambers UK 2018, Sport – Band 1

"Manages a blossoming sports practice and has key knowledge of match-fixing cases. He receives instructions relating to snooker, motor racing and horse racing."

Chambers UK 2017, Sport – Band 1

"An excellent barrister in all respects. He is extremely bright and has a keen analytical mind." "He has a great sense of humour in front of panels, but he still takes the work seriously."

Chambers UK 2017, Sport – Band 1

"A dexterous advocate."

Legal 500 2017, Sport – Leading Juniors

"Has a fantastic reputation for his strong regulatory and disciplinary work before the British Horseracing Authority and the Greyhound Board of Great Britain. He also undertakes doping and corruption cases across the world of sport."

Chambers UK 2016, Sport – Band 2

"He is extremely bright with a keen analytical mind. He is able to quickly identify the key issues in any dispute and communicate them in a clear manner."

Chambers UK 2016/Sport – Band 2

To find out more, contact Paul Barton on +44 (0)20 7427 4907 or Ben Fitzgerald +44 (0)203 758 4759 for a confidential discussion.

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