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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.
Louis has specialised in professional negligence since the late 1990s, acting for and against solicitors, surveyors, architects and clinicians (veterinarian and medical) in disputes arising from professional performance and the conduct particularly of litigation as well as before their professional regulators.
Solicitor’s and Surveyors Negligence
Louis acts in cases involving misconduct of litigation by solicitors and misfeasance in the conduct of transactions including participation in fraud, as well as in claims against surveyors for undervaluation or misevaluation. Louis acts for both Claimants and Defendants.
Louis acts in cases involving delayed and missed diagnosis, implantation errors, lack of consent and non-performance of clinical obligations for both physicians and veterinarians and their patients. He is regularly instructed in complicated and high value claims in JSM and Mediation.
Louis has acted for the GMC, the HAC and other medical regulators, as well as defending before the RCVS and NMC.
Recent cases include:
- ARCP – acting for a surgeon in respect of a dispute as to his ARCP outcome.
- NMC Patricia Annon v NMC 2017 – successful appeal against a practice order which did not impose reasonable conditions.
- RCVS: David Eccles 2017 – defending a veterinarian in respect of charges for misdiagnosis and treatment of a small animal.
- Joseph Holmes 2016 – defending a veterinarian in claims of unnecessary surgery and treatment in small animals.
- John Wilson 2013 – defending a veterinarian in claims of misfeasance in TB tests.
Appointments & Memberships
- 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
- Sports Law
- Commercial & Chancery
- Professional Negligence
- Personal Injury
- Disciplinary & Regulatory
- Clinical Negligence
“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