Outer Temple Chambers’ Sports Law Team are seen by many as one of the go-to sets for safeguarding matters in the sports industry. No person involved in sport should ever have to worry about abuse or harassment whether they are at amateur level or an elite athlete. Our Sports Law team act on behalf of children, females, vulnerable adults and other individuals who have encountered mental or physical abuse within their sport. The team also advise governing bodies and organisations on safeguarding issues.

Our barristers have advised and acted in a range of cases including:

Personal Injury Claims for historic sexual abuse

Advising and acting in the leading cases of historic sexual abuse involving sports coaches and claims against sports clubs.


Appearing for, advising and acting in safeguarding disputes and advising national governing bodies on their response and approach to historic and current safeguarding.

Reviews and Inquiries

Acting for sports and other bodies in reviewing performance of safeguarding functions.

Safeguarding in Sport Experience

Members of our Sports Law team have been involved in a number of high profile sports safeguarding cases including cases in the Courts alleging vicarious liability on the part of clubs and sporting associations for injuries caused by non-recent sexual and racist abuse of young players by coaches in a series of sports including Football, Rugby and Karate.  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 with judgments so far in:

  • DSN v Blackpool Football Club Ltd [2020] EWHC 670 – CA judgment awaited
  • TVZ and 7 other Claimants v Manchester City Football Club Ltd [2021] EWHC 1179

Safeguarding in Sport Barristers

James Counsell KC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2017

Matthew Phillips KC

Call: 1993 Silk: 2017

Sarah Crowther KC

Call: 1999 Silk: 2018

Jonathan Hand KC

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

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