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Alex Haines instructed in sale of Chelsea Football Club sanction case

Outer Temple’s Alex Haines was instructed to provide expert advice on the sale of Chelsea FC and the implications of Russian sanctions imposed on club. Alex Haines – member of the Attorney General’s Civil Panel and Outer Temple’s specialist sanctions team – was instructed by the legal team at Her Majesty’s Treasury to advise on the sale of Chelsea Football Club and the proceeds thereof in light of the designation of its former owner, Roman Abramovich, under Russia sanctions.  On 10 March 2022, Mr Abramovich was sanctioned by the UK Government and, as a result, the Club operated within the confines and constraints caused by the imposition of sanctions.  The sanctions imposed on Mr Abramovich presented unique and unforeseen challenges…

News, Sports 29 Jun, 2022

Louis Weston acts pro bono for Spain rugby player in FER appeal

An Independent Appeal Committee has upheld a decision relating to breaches of player eligibility in an appeal lodged by the Spanish Rugby Federation (FER). Louis Weston acted pro bono to advise the accused rugby player who was subject to the allegations of fraud and dishonesty. Louis Weston, Head of the OTC Sports Law Group, acted pro bono along with Olivia Amos of Northridge Law. They advised a rugby player who was subject to allegations of fraud and dishonesty by the Spanish Rugby Federation (FER), in it’s appeal against the decision of World Rugby’s Judicial Committee to dock points for fielding an ineligible player in World Cup Qualification.  On the appeal FER, having contested the opposite at first instance when the…

News, Sports 27 Jun, 2022

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‘Bullying In The Weighing Room’ – Victoria Brown discusses the Bryony Frost case with LawInSport

Victoria Brown has written an article for LawInSport on the topic of athlete welfare; ‘Bullying In The Weighing Room – Will Bryony Frost’s Case Mark A Sea Change For Sports?’ The willingness and capability of sports governing bodies to tackle discrimination and harassment in sport has long been topical and the case of English National Hunt jockey, Bryony Frost, is the latest in a long line of cases. Head of Sports Law team, Louis Weston, acted for the British Horseracing Authority in this disciplinary case against Robbie Dunne which resulted in a ban for bullying and harassment of Ms Frost and there is now cause for optimism that things may be changing. Victoria Brown has written an article for LawInSport…

Legal Blog & Publications, Sports 27 May, 2022

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Louis Weston acts for BHA in doping case

Louis Weston recently acted for the British Horseracing Authority in the prosecution of two men charged with doping a horse at Newcastle Racecourse, resulting in 10 years disqualification and a nominal fine for the faultless trainer. The British Horseracing Authority instructed Head of the Sports Law Team, Louis Weston, to act on their behalf at the hearing of Neil Waggot and Stephen Walker, two stable hands employed by Newcastle Racecourse. The hearing centred around alleged doping of horses in 2018. Ladies First was a favourite to win at Newcastle but was well beaten by 22 lengths and later tested positive for Timolol, a beta blocker. CCTV footage showed Waggot and Walker acting suspiciously and appearing to administer something to the…

News, Sports 28 Jan, 2022

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Louis Weston considers the recent high-profile case of Tylicki v Gibbons

Professional horseracing jockey Freddie Tylicki brought a Personal Injury Action for liability only against his fellow jockey, Graham Gibbons after a collision at Kempton in 2016 caused severe and life changing injuries. Louis Weston explains why this case is of interest to the sport. The Background The core issue of the legal dispute concerned the standard of care to be taken by a jockey racing in a competitive environment and, specifically, whether on this occasion the Defendant’s riding fell below that standard of care. The parties agreed that the standard was set in the case of Caldwell v Maguire [2001] EWCA Civ 1054 and that in particular it should be recognised that liability for sporting errors could not be established…

News, Sports 12 Jan, 2022

Louis Weston acts for the British Horseracing Authority in high profile disciplinary case

Louis Weston acts for the BHA in the disciplinary case against Robbie Dunne relating to alleged bullying and harassment of Bryony Frost. Robbie Dunne appeared in front of a British Horse Racing panel on Tuesday 30th November 2021 to face allegations of acting in a violent or improper manner towards Britain’s most successful female rider, Bryony Frost, and acting in a way prejudicial to the sport. Robbie is charged with abusing, harassing and intimidating Bryony. The disciplinary panel has heard from Louis Weston that Robbie threatened to cause fellow ride Bryony serious physical harm and using “foul, sexually abusive and misogynistic language”. The jockey is accused of breaching two British Horseracing Authority rules in relation to each event at Uttoxeter,…

News, Sports 1 Dec, 2021

Ben Fitzgerald joins Outer Temple Chambers’ Health Team

Outer Temple Chambers is delighted to welcome Practice Manager Ben Fitzgerald to our health team. We are delighted to welcome Ben Fitzgerald to the Practice Management Team at Outer Temple Chambers. Ben has taken up the position of Practice Manager and will be supporting the Health Department, which includes Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury and Travel, Sports and Public Law practices. Ben will work alongside Mark Gardner and Chris Rowe to ensure the efficient day to day running of the team and support Paul Barton, the Health Team Practice Director. Ben has been clerking since 2008, with experience in multiple practice areas, most recently focusing on personal injury, clinical negligence and international practices. He has also managed employment and professional discipline…

News 18 May, 2021

Webinar: It’s not always the horse’s fault – defending strict liability claims under the Animals Act 1971

On Thursday 8th April, Jonathan Hand QC of Outer Temple and Bruce Ralston of Weightmans will present a webinar about defending claims for personal injury brought under the Animals Act 1971, with a focus on the areas which are most commonly in dispute and practical guidance about how to deal with them. Claims for strict liability under the Animals Act are particularly challenging because of the complex wording of the Act and the difficulty in applying its provisions to the wide range of factual situations which arise. This webinar will look at the areas which are most commonly in dispute, namely whether the conditions for strict liability in s.2(2) of the Act are made out – with particular reference to…

Events, News, Sports 7 Apr, 2021

Webinar recording: Preserve the Game – Protect the Players. Concussion and Liability in Sports Law

On Tuesday 16th February, Outer Temple Chambers, Irwin Mitchell and guests held a lunch-time discussion on concussion, liability and litigation and sports law. The recording of the webinar is now available to watch. Outer Temple Chambers and Irwin Mitchell hosted a joint webinar to discuss the issue of sports related concussion and liability on Tuesday 16th February 2021. We were delighted to be joined by two external speakers for this event to explore the issue from all angles; Dr Michael Turner, a medical expert in this field, and David Denton, an ex-professional rugby player who was forced into early retirement due to a head injury. Agenda Introduction by Louis Weston (Chair) – Barrister, Outer Temple Chambers Concussion – the mechanism…

News, Webinars & Vlogs, Sports Webinars, Sports 26 Feb, 2021

Webinar: Preserve the Game – Protect the Players. Concussion and Liability in Sports Law

You are invited to join Outer Temple Chambers, Irwin Mitchell and guests for a lunch-time discussion on Tuesday 16th February on concussion, liability and litigation and sports law. Outer Temple Chambers and Irwin Mitchell will be hosting a joint webinar to discuss the issue of sports related concussion and liability on Tuesday 16th February 2021. We are delighted to be joined by two external speakers for this event to explore the issue from all angles; Dr Michael Turner, a medical expert in this field, and David Denton, an ex-professional rugby player who was forced into early retirement due to a head injury. Please join us for this unique event which we are sure will be invaluable to all sports law…

Events, News, Sports 5 Feb, 2021

Anthony Lo Surdo SC presents to the Japan Sports Law Association on International Sports Arbitration

Anthony Lo Surdo SC recently presented a well-received webinar to members of the Japan Sports Law Association as part of its Study and Research on International Sports Arbitration. Anthony explored aspects of International Sports Arbitration including CAS arbitration and the role of the CAS arbitrator. The Japanese Sports Law Association (JSLA) is the premier non-profit sports law organisation in Japan and is dedicated to providing education, advocacy and networking opportunities about legal issues in sport. Anthony will be delivering a further lecture on aspects of international sports arbitration in the lead up to Tokyo 2020. Find out more Anthony Lo Surdo SC is a Professional Associate at Outer Temple Chambers based in Sydney. Anthony has vast expertise in sports law,…

News, International, Sports 3 Feb, 2021

Three OTC Speakers at LawInSport’s 6th Annual Conference

Outer Temple Chambers was delighted to join the LawInSport Annual Conference in November 2020, where James Counsell QC, Sarah Crowther QC and Louis Weston spoke at this leading sports event. The 6th Annual LawInSport Conference, ‘Understand The Rules of The Game 2020’, included over 50 speakers from more than ten countries, discussing and debating 18 topics, over two weeks. This “must attend” sports law conference was one not to be missed. As leading experts in their field, James Counsell QC, Sarah Crowther QC and Louis Weston were invited to join the list of speakers and panelists. The Talks Sarah Crowther QC was a panelist on the in-house counsel forum for work developments and effective practices; ‘What legal and governance lessons have…

Legal Blog & Publications, News, Sports 30 Nov, 2020

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