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Gemma White

Year of Call: 2009
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Telephone: 01962 868884

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Gemma has a developing practice in this niche area. She holds a Masters Degree with Distinction in Sports Law and Practice at De Montfort University, and is a member of the British Association of Sport and the Law. She therefore has a broad and deep understanding of sports regulation and ethical matters such as anti-doping. Gemma is regularly invited to contribute articles on sporting matters for LawinSport.

She has particular experience in disciplinary matters and has advised governing bodies; she has advised a local FA on diverse Equality Act matters, including ethics, safeguarding and transgender policy.

She has experience of anti-doping and has appeared before the UK national anti-doping Tribunal; she acted pro bono on behalf of an athlete in the first contested anti-doping case under the revised UK anti-doping rules from the 2015 WADA Code, as case which brought up interesting technical arguments relating to the retrospective applicability of the rules. More recently Gemma has advised in a case brought by the International Athletics Association

Gemma has appeared before the FA Disciplinary tribunal representing both player and club in relation to allegations of racist conduct; following a contested hearing both the sportsman and club were cleared of all alleged charges. She has also appeared before the Safeguarding Review Appeal Panel of the FA representing a young coach who was accused of purchasing alcohol for her players.

Gemma has acted on behalf of Football Law Associates in representing a young football fan accused of encroachment during a high profile game and successfully resisted an application for a banning order that would have prevented the young fan from attending any national or international matches.

Gemma has sat on the Appeal Tribunal for British Gymnastics and was a member of the Panel that heard the appeal against sanction by the Olympic Gymnast Louis Smith in 2016.

Gemma was recently instructed to represent a rugby club in the first disciplinary case brought by the RFU in respect of financial reporting regulations.

Gemma is keen to continue to develop her practice in all areas of sports law and accepts instructions across the board in regulatory and commercial cases.

  • Articles
    • The Best of intentions: what Best v. BHA has taught us about appearance of bias & sufficiency of reasons

      The Best of intentions: what Best v. BHA has taught us about appearance of bias & sufficiency of reasons by Gemma White

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Academic qualifications

  • LLB Law with French (Hons) 2.1 - University of the West of England, Bristol
  • Certificate in European Political Studies - Université de Robert Schuman, Strasbourg
  • Bar Vocational Course (Very Competent) BPP Holborn
  • LLM Sports Law and Practice (Distinction) - De Montfort University Leicester

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • Grade 4 Prosecutor
  • Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Specialist
  • Deputy District Judge (Magistrates Court) 2021
  • Western Circuit Wine Treasurer

Professional bodies

  • British Association for Sport and Law (BASL)
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Western Circuit
  • Inn: Inner Temple

Direct Access

Gemma White is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.

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