Outer Temple Chambers’ Sports Law team has barristers, including Queen’s Counsel and Senior Counsel, with established expertise nationally and internationally in sports law. The team offers comprehensive coverage of all areas of sports law practice.

Our Counsel provide advice, advocacy, analysis and answers in a commercial and client-focussed approach to both players and athletes, players’ associations and Sports Governing Bodies as well as national and international federations.
They appear in Courts, Tribunals and Arbitrations nationally and internationally, and provide reviews and advice on governance and the regulation of sport.

Our team has the established expertise to provide a fast and reactive response to urgent applications and hearings and is able to draw on experience sitting as mediators and panelists in domestic and international tribunals and advising and reviewing the work of international and national sports governing bodies in areas including anti-corruption and safeguarding.

We have specialist Counsel based in Europe and Australia with offices in London and Dubai.

Our members write and provide seminars, lectures and webinars on topical issues in and around Sports Law and regularly our members speak at Sports Law events and conferences.

Sports Law Experience

We have leading experts acting in the areas of:

We having leading Counsel acting as tribunal members for:

  • The Court of Arbitration of Sport
  • The FA Judicial Panel
  • Sport Resolutions Arbitral Panel
  • Sport Dispute Resolutions Ireland Arbitral and Mediation Panel
  • The National Safeguarding Panel
  • British Equine Federation’s Anti-Doping and Controlled
  • Medication Hearing Body

Our Counsel have acted and advised in a range of sports including:

  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Cricket
  • Darts
  • E-sports
  • Greyhound Racing
  • Horseracing and Equestrianism
  • Football
  • Motorsports
  • Rugby Union
  • Snooker
  • Shooting
  • Ski and snow sports
  • Surfing
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis

Recent Sports law related cases include:

Anti-Doping cases

Cases in the Courts on historic sex abuse of young players by coaches and vicarious liability for clubs.

  • Approximately 40 current claims against a series of leading football clubs including Manchester City, Chelsea, Blackpool, Crewe Alexandra, Leicester City, Newcastle United, Southampton and Watford.
  • DSN v Blackpool Football Club Ltd [2020] EWHC 670
  • TVZ v Manchester City Football Club Ltd [2021] EWHC 1179

Cases in on-field decisions in horse racing and rugby.

  • Dragon Symbol v BHA [2021]
  • Six Nations Rugby v Mohamed Haouas [2020], Le Roux [2020] and Wilhelms [2020]
  • BHA v Jason Watson [2021]

Cases in injuries acquired in sports injuries and equestrian events.

  • Lynch v. Ed Walker Racing Ltd [2017] EWHC 2484 (QB)

The team includes members of:

  • British Association for Sport and the Law (BASL)
  • Law In Sport Editorial Committee
  • NSW Bar Association
  • Queensland Bar Association
  • Victorian Bar Association
  • Australia and New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANZSLA)
  • Women in Sports Law

Members are ranked in Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, WWL and Doyles directories in the UK and worldwide.

Please view our barrister profiles for ranking details on individuals

Outer Temple Chambers is a global set and the Sports Law team has experience of international litigation. Our services include advisory work, advocacy and representation in courts and tribunals globally.

Sports Law Barristers

James Counsell QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2017

Sarah Crowther QC

Call: 1999 Silk: 2018

Matthew Phillips QC

Call: 1993 Silk: 2017

Jonathan Hand QC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2019

Matthew McDonagh

Call: 1994

Louis Weston

Call: 1994

David Haines

Call: 2005

Ben Bradley

Call: 2007

Tom Gibson

Call: 2010

Sophie O’Sullivan

Call: 2011

Olinga Tahzib

Call: 2016

Anthony Lo Surdo SC

Call: 1996 Silk: 2011

Joshua Cainer

Call: 2019

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