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Louis Weston is sports lawyer with a successful and established practice in Sports Regulation, Governance, Disciplinary Cases, Safeguarding and Anti-Doping.  He has a particular interest in commercial disputes and claims arising from sport and involving complex factual issues. He joined Chambers in April 2019 to continue and develop his practice in Sports Law, Commercial Litigation and Professional Negligence.

Louis has been ranked as a leading junior in Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 for many years and acts and advises Sports Governing Bodies and Players in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

He is a hugely experienced advocate, greatly enjoys his work and is tireless in his pursuit of his client’s objectives. He accepts instructions on a Direct Access basis in appropriate cases.

Commercial

Louis has specialised in Commercial litigation since 2001.

He has a wealth of experience acting in the Courts (High Court – QB, Commercial, and Court of Appeal) and in Mediation and Arbitration in commercial disputes arising from contractual disputes, failed business ventures or partnerships or fraud, 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.

Louis is a team player and works alongside solicitors and either leading or junior counsel.

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.

Recent Cases of Interest:

  • 2019 C v X – acting for a motorsport competitor in a dispute over the running and management of an international competition.
  • 2017-2018 A v B – 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.
  • 2018 R v N – 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.
  • 2018 – acting for Cyclone Promotions in the UK in respect of the dispute between Barry McGuigan and Carl Frampton.
  • 2018 S v G – acting in the Commercial Court in a dispute between a specialist offshore diving company in respect of pipe laying for windfarms.
  • 2018 G v H – acting with Leading Counsel in a fraud and tracing claim against multijurisdictional Defendants in the Commercial Court.
  • 2017 UKCP v BH – acting for a health care regulator in a dispute arising from the regulators conduct of disciplinary proceedings against a member.
  • 2017 E v R – acting for a freight forwarded and customs agent in a claim against former employee from breach of employees obligations.
  • 2017 N v B – acting for a racehorse trainer in a dispute over fees and their recovery.
  • 2017 LL – acting for a leasing company in seeking to recover property held by police in stakeholder proceedings arising from international car transport of vehicles.
  • 2016 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.
  • 2016 H v B – acting for the insurer of a Lamborghini Miura following its catching fire and being destroyed after recent work at a commercial garage.
  • 2015 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.
  • 2015 Graves v Brouwer – Court of Appeal decision in respect of a claim for damage by fire, with complicated issues over causation and the fallacy of proving a negative.
  • 2015 B v W, acting for purchaser of a horse against seller for breach of warranty.

Appointments & Memberships

  • BASL
  • PIBA
  • Recorder

Awards

  • 2017 International Advisory Experts Award: Sports Law Lawyer of the Year in England
  • Miller Barstow Prize (1991)

Louis Weston is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.

Areas of Law


Testimonials


“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

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