Louis Weston

Louis Weston

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Sports Law

Louis Weston is recognised for his expertise by Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2017.

Sport - London (Bar) - 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.
Strengths: "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."
Recent work: Acted for the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association to prosecute match-fixing allegations against an amateur snooker player.

Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2016.

Sport - London (Bar) - Band 2

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.

Strengths: "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."
Recent work: Instructed by the BHA in the prosecution of 39 jockeys, in a case concerning the start of the 2014 Grand National.

Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2015.

Sports Law – London Bar

Louis Weston of 3PB Barristers has represented governing bodies from horse racing and greyhound racing in connection with corruption and disciplinary matters. He has also acted on corruption and doping matters in athletics, snooker, football and rugby.
Expertise: "He's a natural advocate; very skilful and unflappable." "Advice from Louis Weston is like receiving advice from Zeus - you know it's right and if it's not then a fork of lightning will come down and make it right."
Recent work: He prosecuted a corruption case for the BHA against jockey Eddie Ahern and four other individuals.

Chambers and Partners UK Bar Directory 2014.

Sports Law – London Bar

Louis Weston of 3PB Barristers. A highly regarded junior, whose sports practice primarily centres on disputes in horse racing and greyhound racing. He is regularly instructed by the British Horseracing Authority on corruption, race fixing and riding offences.
Expertise: “He is incredibly bright and great to work with, and can turn his hand to anything.”
Recent work: He was led by Mark Warby QC in the prosecution of 11 cases of conspiracy to fix horse racing. 

Chambers and Partners UK Bar Directory 2013.

Sports Law – London Bar

Chambers and Partners Directory 2013 Sport: London in Band 2
“Louis Weston of 3PB Barristers is recommended for his work in horse racing, and he regularly prosecutes and defends cases before the BHA tribunals. He was recently instructed by the BHA in the high-profile race-fixing case concerning Maurice Sines and James Crickmore, owners of the racehorse 'It's A Mans World'. Clients are quick to commend Weston for being "a great advocate with a fantastic intellect, who is extremely hard-working and user-friendly."




Louis Weston is recommended by the Legal 500 Bar Directory 2016 for his expertise in the London Bar.
Sport – Leading juniors
Louis Weston - He has a quirky way about him that clients like.

Louis Weston is recommended by the Legal 500 Bar Directory 2015 for his expertise in the London Bar.
Sport – Leading juniors
Louis Weston - He is outstanding and has a very good understanding of the sports market.

Louis Weston is recommended by the Legal 500 UK Directory 2014 for his expertise at the London Bar.
3PB’s Louis Weston - “Quickly masters his brief. He is respected by all sides and a pleasure to work with.”
3PB’s Louis Weston - “Respected by all and a pleasure to work with.”

Louis Weston is Recommended by the Legal 500 Directory 2013/14 as Leading Junior at the London Bar for his Media, Entertainment and Sport and also Professional discipline and regulatory law (including police law) expertise. "3PB’s ‘quick-witted, experienced advocate’ and horseracing expert Louis Weston."


Louis Weston took a First in Philosophy from Bristol University (1989-1992) and the Miller Barstow Prize (1991). He was educated at Winchester and studied medicine at St Thomas’s Hospital (1987-1989) before deciding a Doctor’s life was not for him. In 2009 he was appointed a Recorder to the South Eastern Circuit.

Louis is Head of 3PB’s Sports Law Group and a very experienced advocate with established expertise, interest and enthusiasm for Sports Law. He frequently appears before Disciplinary Tribunals, and has acted in the High Court and Court of Appeal in Sports Law cases.  He advises both regulators and the regulated on their obligations and disputes in Sports Law in addition to the form and structure of their Rules. In 2016 he was appointed to the International Cricket Council's Anti Corruption Unit Oversight Group as its independent legal advisor.

Since 2003 he has been instructed both to defend and to prosecute cases before the Disciplinary Panel and Appeal Board of the British Horseracing Authority (“BHA”) and in High Court proceedings, reviewing the decisions of the Panel and Board.  He has acted or advised on its corruption cases and investigations.

Louis prosecutes for the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (“GBGB”) before its Disciplinary Committee and Appeal Board and has represented this regulator in a challenge to its disciplinary proceedings before the Court of Appeal.

For the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (“WPBSA”) he prosecuted Stephen Lee, the former world number 5 ranked player, which resulted in Lee being found guilty of fixing 7 matches and being banned for 12 years.

For the Turf Club in Ireland he acted and advised on its first case of race fixing and resisted the appeal, and has advised and acts in other corruption and doping cases.

He has defended in WADA cases before the Federation Internationale Motorcylisme, Sports Resolutions (in a UKAD/NADP case) and advised in CAS cases.

He has presented lectures and webcast on the effects of corruption in sport and how to tackle it and advised on the position sporting bodies should adopt in their rules and in their relations with law enforcement agencies and Government and the media.

Louis has advised in contractual disputes arising from sporting contracts and advised and acted in commercial cases arising from sports disputes, including contaminated sports supplements, horse sales, training fee disputes and liens.

He has acted for the defence and prosecution in criminal proceedings arising from race fixing/insider dealing and violence amongst players.

He has a particular interest in gambling law and has lectured on the Gambling Act 2005.

He is able to draw on his depth of experience as a criminal advocate (when he had a criminal practice he was CPS Grade IV advocate and on the SFO list). He was appointed Recorder in the Crown Court in 2009.

He was the junior for the BHA in the successful defence in the High Court against a challenge brought by the jockey Dean McKeown in respect of his been found in breach of the Rules of Racing. The case is reported as McKeown v BHA [2010] EWHC 508 (Admin).

He acted alone for the GBGB in successfully resisting an appeal to the Court of Appeal by a trainer seeking to bring a claim for unfair disciplinary procedures.  The case is reported as Cronin v GBGB [2013] EWCA Civ 668 and establishes the principle that sports regulators have an obligation to provide a system that overall is fair.

He has advised football clubs and athletic bodies on regulatory and fixture disputes and sportsman in respect of their disputes with UKAD and the Rifle Association.

He accepts instructions on a Direct Professional Access basis in appropriate cases.

Notable cases:

BHA Prosecuting

  • Jim Best 2016 - Successfully prosecuting the Trainer Jim Best for giving instructions to stop two horses, the case has received substantial coverage and attention.
  • AD VITAM 2015, the successful prosecution and resisting the appeals of bettors, an owner and jockey in respect of allegations of race fixing.
  • Darren Egan 2015 – the successful prosecution of  a jockey and bettor for race fixing, focusing on use of covert mobile phones.
  • The Grand National 2014 – the prosecution of 39 jockeys arising from the start of the 2014 Grand National.
  • ROCKET ROB 2014 – the prosecution of three persons involved in an inside information betting conspiracy.
  • KICKAHEAD 2014– the prosecution of a rider and two others for race fixing.
  • Eddie Ahern and others 2014 – allegations of race fixing and an inside information conspiracy involving the jockey Ahern and the former footballer Neil Clement and others.  Represented both at the Disciplinary Hearing and on Appeal.
  • Andrew Heffernan and others 2014 – allegations of race fixing and passing of inside information involving the jockey Heffernan and the footballer Rocky Chopra and others, using mobile phones, texts and covert internet communication.
  • ITS A MANS WORLD 2014 -  allegations of an inside information conspiracy involving a substantial number of jockeys, owners and bettors before the BHA’s Disciplinary Panel and Appeal Board.
  • HITS ONLY MONEY 2014 - insider information conspiracy allegations against Dean McKeown, Paul Blockley and others leading to the case of McKeown v BHA [2010] EWHC 508 (Admin).
  • HUNT BALL 2013 – prosecution of a trainer and owner following ‘ambush marketing’ at the Cheltenham Festival.
  • GOLDEN SURPRICE 2013– insider information conspiracy allegations against an Italian owner and trainer.
  • ALEEMDAR and MIA’S BOY 2013– running and riding offences.
  • TIME TEAM 2012 – the prosecution of a trainer, jockey and bettor for race fixing.

BHA Defending

  • Sir Mark Prescott and Seb Sanders – Successful appeal on running and riding allegations
  • Ralph Beckett – Successful Appeal on penalty for breach of substance regulations
  • Milton Harris – Licence Application
  • Red Lancer – Pat McCabe – insider dealing allegations
  • Dean Williams – insider-dealing allegations
  • Evan Williams – trainer not complying with instructions

Greyhound Board of Great Britain

  • Calvert 2015 – the prosecution of a Trainer for breach of the anti-doping rules and allegations of betting.
  • Mosdall 2015 – the prosecution of a Trainer for race fixing and doping following the BBC Panorama expose of his improper conduct.
  • Tungatt 2015 – the prosecution of a Trainer for breach of the anti-doping rules.
  • Boothby and Henlow Stadium 2015 – resisting the appeal of a stadium and its officer following the death of a Greyhound.
  • Berwick 2015 – prosecution of a Trainer for breach of the anti-doping rules.
  • Mullins 2014 - Acting for the GBGB in its successful prosecution of a trainer who had in his charge a Greyhound which had tested positive for a banned substance.
  • Cronin v Greyhound Board of Great Britain [2013] EWCA Civ 668.  A wide-ranging dispute over the enforcement of the decision of the GBGB’s Disciplinary decision against a trainer and establishing the arguable need for a sports regulator to provide reasons for its decision, and that the fairness of a sports regulator’s disciplinary process was to be viewed by reference to its first tier and appeal procedures.  Arose from Disciplinary Proceedings over welfare issues in 2010.
  • Rees 2013 – representing GBGB on an Appeal arising from a doping case with issues addressed arising from forensic analysis of the samples.
  • Houfton 2013 – Successful prosecution of a greyhound trainer for three cases of welfare issues concerning running of greyhounds with excess feed.
  • Hurley 2013 – Successful prosecution of a trainer for presence of steroids in a Greyhound.
  • Piercy 2012 – successful prosecution of a kennelhand and owner for lay betting on Greyhounds.
  • Mason 2012 –prosecution in a case of greyhound doping with cocaine.

Turf Club

  • LIKE A DIAMOND 2016 - Successful prosecution of a trainer and two other persons for not keeping a racehorse with a licensed trainer.
  • PYROMANIAC 2016 - Acting for the Turf Club in the appeal brought by Tony Martin from the race day stewards.
  • BARRY GERAGHTY 2016 - Acting for the Turf Club in the appeal brought by Barry Geraghty from the race day stewards.
  • O’Connell 2014 – Successfully resisting an appeal brought on the grounds of jurisdiction, insufficiency of evidence and wrong application of the standard of proof.
  • O’Connell 2013 – Successful prosecution of a jockey, owner and bettors and under the Rules of Racing in Ireland arising from irregular betting and race fixing.

WPBSA

  • John Sutton 2015 – Prosecution of a snooker player for match fixing.
  • Stephen Lee 2014 - Resisting an appeal brought on the grounds of bias, non-disclosure and insufficient evidence.  The Appeal was dismissed.
  • Stephen Lee 2013 - Prosecution of the leading snooker player for allegations of match fixing (including score fixing) at amongst other events the World Championships in 2009 the case concluded in September 2013 with Lee been found in breach of the Rules, banned for 12 years and ordered to pay £40,000 in costs.

FIM

  • Darcy Ward 2015 – defending before the FIM tribunal in Geneva the Speedway rider Darcy Ward on an alcohol related WADA violation.

UKAD

  • Llewellyn 2013 – acting for the boxer before Sports Resolutions’ tribunal in a controversial case brought by UKAD in respect of the use of a contaminated sports supplement.

FA

  • Nick Bunyard 2016 - acting for the manager Nick Bunyard in successfully resisting an allegation of breaching a suspension order and mitigating penalty for his admitted breaches of the betting rules.



Notable Cases Before the Courts

  • Cronin v Greyhound Board of Great Britain [2013] EWCA Civ 668.  A wide-ranging dispute over the enforcement of the decision of the GBGB’s Disciplinary decision against a trainer and establishing the arguable need for a sports regulator to provide reasons for its decision, and that the fairness of a sports regulator’s disciplinary process was to be viewed by reference to its first tier and appeal procedures.
  • McKeown v BHA [2010] EWHC 508 (admin). Acting for the BHA with Mark Warby, QC resisting a challenge to the disciplinary process and decision of the BHA’s Disciplinary Panel and Appeal Board. The case establishes that a professional sporting tribunal is entitled to reach a decision without expert evidence before it and dismissed the many other complaints made of the BHA’s processes.

News

May 12 2017:

Louis Weston recognised for his Excellence in Sports Law Services ...read more


March 3 2017:

Louis Weston wins the 2017 International Advisory Experts Award: Sports Law Lawyer of the Year in England ...read more


December 13 2016:

Sports Law Barrister Louis Weston represents the BHA in the re-hearing of the Jim Best case ...read more


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Professional Qualifications and Appointments

  • Recorder

Professional Bodies

  • British Association for Sport and Law (BASL)
  • Member of ARDL