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.
His practice areas are:
- Sports Law
- Commercial Litigation
- Professional Negligence – particularly clinical and solicitors’ negligence
- Personal Injury
- Regulatory crime
- Professional Disciplinary proceedings.
Louis was the recipient of the 2017 International Advisory Experts Award: Sports Law Lawyer of the Year in England.
Louis’ Sports Law practice includes prosecuting before the British Horseracing Authority, the Greyhound Board of Great Britain, the Turf Club, the World Professional Snooker and Billiards Association and before other arbitral bodies. He acts before the courts and regulators in disputes arising from sports contracts and doping issues, representing sports players and professional bodies and their regulators in a variety of disputes including doping, enforcement of decisions and challenges to regulators’ decisions. He is on the ICC’s independent anti corruption oversight group and has acted as Chairman for sports disciplinary tribunals.
His Commercial Litigation practice incorporates acting and advising in disputes arising from failed business ventures, contractual disputes and partnerships and in obtaining and resisting freezing injunctions. He has a particular interest in disputes arising from sport and gambling.
His Professional Negligence practice includes acting for and against solicitors and in clinical disputes arising from veterinarian and clinical negligence.
In Regulatory matters Louis advises and represents both claimants and defendants involving health and safety breaches and claims against insurers, environmental protection cases and trading standards offences. He appears before inquests.
In Professional Disciplinary proceedings Louis has defended police officers before disciplinary hearings and also defended proceedings before the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Quality Care Commission. He has prosecuted and defended complaints before the General Medical Council and prosecuted before the Hearing Aid Council.
Louis’ Personal Injury practice includes fatal accidents and severe injury arising from accidents in the workplace and motor accidents, as well as injuries as a result of clinical negligence.
Louis Weston is recognised as a Leading Junior at the London Bar in the field of sports law (in the Media, Entertainment and Sports section) and is particularly recognised for his work in horseracing cases.
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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 and in 2018 he was appointed to the FA’s Judicial Panel as a Specialist Panel Member, and to Sport Resolutions Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators.
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 five ranked player, which resulted in Lee being found guilty of fixing seven 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.
For the Badminton World Federation (BWF) he has acted and advised in corruption cases and prosecuted the first case of corruption in that sport.
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  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  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.
- BLAZE OF ENCHANTMENT 2017 - Successful prosecution of a Jockey and two bettors in respect of a stopping ride and associated betting.
- 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  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.
- 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
- Wileman 2017 – the prosecution of an owner who chained himself to a fence at a Greyhound meeting leading to indefinite warning off
- 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  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.
- LUKE COMER 2017 – Successful prosecution of a Trainer for failing to exercise adequate supervision and obstructing Turf Club investigation
- LIKE A DIAMOND 2016 & 2017– Successful prosecution and resisting an appeal 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.
- David John and Jamie Jones 2019 - Prosecutions of David John for match fixing and Jamie Jones for failing to report corruption. Suspended for 7 years and 16 months respectively. Click here to read the decisions.
- Yu Delu and Cao Yupeng 2018 - Prosecutions of the two snooker players for match fixing. Suspended for 10 years and 9 months and 6 years. Click here to read the decisions.
- Bingham 2017 – Prosecution of former world champion for illicit betting.
- 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.
- Darcy Ward 2015 – defending before the FIM tribunal in Geneva the Speedway rider Darcy Ward on an alcohol related WADA violation.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sacha Zegueur - represented the French rugby man and the French Rugby Federation (FFR) following the player's red card during the 6 Nations' Under 20s opening match.
- Kevin Gourdon - represented the French flanker Kevin Gourdon in his successful defence to a citing for dangerous play following the match France v NZ (11.11.17).
- Pierre-Henri Azagoh and Hassane Kolingar - acting for the French under 20 Internationals following red cards and review of sanction for allegation of dangerous play in the match France v England (9.3.18) before the 6 Nations Disciplinary Committee.
- Matthew Hart - acting for the RFU in the prosecution of a registered agent for breaching the unit betting code and non cooperation. Substantially the case involved challenge to a false ‘basis of plea’ and ended in a 22 months suspension.
- Louis acted for the Badminton World Federation (BWF) in its prosecution of Raj Gaya BWF Council Member, Secretary General of the Badminton Confederation of Africa (BCA) and President of the Mauritius Badminton Association (MBA) for his use of funds intended for sporting purposes, paid into his own bank account over a period of many years (Reuters News).
- Louis acted for the BWF in its prosecution of the leading Badminton Players Zulfadli Zulkiffli and Tan Chun Seang for match fixing and point fixing. Following a hearing gin February in Singapore, the two players, who contested the charges were found in breach and suspended for 20 years and 15 years respectively as well as fined. The case involved the evidence of a player who had been approached by ZZ to fix a match but had stood up to the approach and reported it to the BWF, leading to an investigation which uncovered years of match fixing and manipulation. Click here to read the full decision. The case was the first corruption case brought by the BWF and is a vindication of its robust stand to corruption.
Notable Cases Before the Courts:
Cronin v Greyhound Board of Great Britain  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  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.
2nd Sep 2016
Technological advances in sports equipment: Cheating or evolution? Part 1 - Establishing a regulatory framework - by Louis Weston
2nd Sep 2016
Technological advances in sports equipment: Cheating or evolution? Part 2 - Establishing a regulatory framework - by Louis Weston
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Louis has a strong practice based upon his hard work, preparation and powerful, robust advocacy and clear advice with particular expertise and experience in Clinical Negligence and appears in healthcare tribunals and inquisitorial proceedings.
His Clinical Negligence practice spans Doctors, Veterinary Surgeons and Healthcare Professionals.
Louis has advised and is currently instructed in a range of clinical negligence cases including delayed and other failures of diagnosis, misdiagnosis of cancers, failure to diagnose and treat cancer and MRSA.
Defective implants and medicines
He has a history of product liability cases from his commercial work and is currently instructed in a number of cases of PIP implant cases. He has advised in cases involving prosthetics and misrepresentation of efficacy of medicines and vaccines.
Clinical incompetence including failed cosmetic surgery
He has advised in failed cosmetic surgery and other cosmetic procedures involving failed techniques as well as defective products and defective procedures both in respect of clinical and commercial claims.
Failures of consent
He has acted in cases involving negligent failure to obtain informed consent and content to surgery and other intervention.
Negligent Veterinary Treatment
He has acted in commercial litigation arising from negligent veterinary products and negligent veterinary treatment as well as in negligent vetting and treatment of Racehorses.
He has lectured to solicitors and practitioners on clinical negligence and related topics.
He has experience in advising and acting in cases of wound management and sepsis arising from surgical procedures and poor in patient care.
2nd Sep 2016
The latest decision of the Court of Appeal to consider the Mitchell principles for granting relief from sanctions, has endorsed their strictness: Oak Cash & Carry Ltd v British Gas Trading Ltd  EWCA Civ 153. The guidance relates to the operation of those principles in the context of Unless Orders - by Louis Weston
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Louis Weston provides clear, uncomplicated advice and advocacy and a depth of experience in business and commercial actions before the Courts and in mediation and arbitral proceedings.
He has particular experience in:
- Freezing Orders and injunctive relief
- Contractual disputes and restraints of trade
- Fraud, Misrepresentation and Breach of trust
- Sale of Goods/Supply of Services arising from failures in the quality of goods, title and performance
- Failed Partnerships and Business ventures
- Claims against insurers both BTE and ATE and in LEI cover in particular
- Sports Law disputes between players and regulators and sporting bodies.
- Acting for a freight forwarder in a claim against former employees and competitor company for conspiracy to cause economic harm and breach of employee covenants of fidelity
- Acting for a leasing company in recovering title ibn stakeholder proceedings to high value motor vehicles removed in an apparent fraud to Thailand
- Acting for the bailor of jewellery and other valuable goods for breach of obligation against a bailee where the goods were lost from a safety deposit
- Acting for an insured against its insurer and broker for failure to place appropriate cover
- Acting for the owner and insurer of a Lamborghini Miura in a claim against the servicing garage, HR Owen, following the destruction by fire of the Miura
- Acting for the Claimant in a case for loss of ability to obtain credit as a result of incorrect data recording on his credit file
- Acting for a Claimant pilot for breach of an insurer’s obligation to pay on a policy for loss of ability to fly a plane
- Obtaining a freezing order for funds obtained from the fraudulent sale of a helicopter
- Resisting freezing orders for claims in fraud
- Interim injunctions restraining breach of contract
- Acting for an American technology company successfully arbitrating a dispute with a French multinational in the International Court of Arbitration
- A claim for the resolution of a dispute over the development of technology in America involving UK scientists
- Disputes over the performance of an infrastructure project
- Claims for performance of industrial plant in test projects
- Acting for solicitors resisting claims for professional negligence
- Contractual claims over the sale, ownership and condition of horses, cars and aircraft
- Failed business agreements between horse breeders, property developers and designers
- Disputes arising from contractual termination and commission payments
- Agreements in restraint of trade between dentists, veterinarians and retailers
- Construction disputes in respect of commercial and domestic properties.
He is experienced in alternative dispute resolution whether mediation, round table or arbitration, and has delivered lectures to the Bristol Law Society and in-house training on Exclusion Clauses, Remedies, and Experts amongst other topics.
Recent Reported appellate cases:
British Gas Trading Ltd v Oak Cash & Carry Ltd  EWCA Civ 153 acting for the struck out Defendant in a Mitchell/Denton relief application.
Tanir v Tanir  EWHC 3363 acting for appellant in an appeal against entering a default judgment following defective service by the Court.
Graves v Brouwer  EWCA Civ 595 acting for appellant following a fire in which a property was destroyed appeal on issue of causation.
Cronin v GBGB  EWCA Civ 668 acting for GBGB in resisting appeal against internal disciplinary proceedings.
Louis has substantial experience and expertise experienced in acting for Claimants and Defendants in Professional Negligence claims and in dealing with limitation, contributory negligence and quantum issues that arise in such claims. Louis works with clients to achieve the quickest and most cost effective solution to cases, and regularly represents in mediations as well as running such claims through the Court system to conclusion.
He has acted for and advised professionals various professionals including; surveyors, solicitors, IFA’s and accountants in claims involving both negligent advice and representation. Louis also has experience of advising the parties directly, their third party insurers, interested parties or litigation funders.
In claims against legal professionals, he regularly acts and advises on cases involving; negligent conveyancing, management of wills and probate, negligent valuation and the conduct of both contentious disputes and non-contentious transactions. Louis also has experience of acting for insurers, lenders, and purchasers in claims involving legal professionals and valuers which arise from the valuation of property for lending decisions, equity release schemes and for private individuals in connection with negligent advice on settlement of claims.
Louis also has substantial experience representing professionals and interested parties at the various regulator tribunals, from inquiries to disciplinary hearings.
- Advising and acting for a firm in proceedings against its ATE insurer arising from non disclosure
- Acting for a house purchaser in proceedings against their solicitor for failure to obtain full title
- Advising a firm in settlement of a claim brought by a lender for negligent conduct of mortgage and breach of fiduciary duties
- Acting for Claimants in a case against solicitors who had failed to advise and act on an option agreement
- Advising a firm in connection with a claim for negligent registration of an interest in property
- Action for a Claimant in respect of a claim for the negligent conduct of a PI claim and failure to obtain security for her claim and costs
- Acting for a Claimant in respect of a claim for negligent conveyance leaving the Claimant without title to property purchased
- Acting for a Claimant lender in respect of the negligent valuation of a commercial property and solicitor for the negligent investigation of the planning permission for the property.
2nd Sep 2016
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Louis has a successful practice as an advocate and advisor with particular expertise and experience in Regulatory Law and associated litigation appearing both in disciplinary tribunals, in associated appeals to the Courts and in an actions between the regulated and their regulators.
His Regulatory Law practice includes defending and prosecution of regulatory crime. He has considerable experience in:
- Trading Standards Prosecutions – He acts for the Gloucestershire County Council and acts for and advises Defendants in offences relating to Trading Standards and offences on the internet in relation to marketing and supply
- Fishery and other nautical regulation – He prosecutes in cases of fishery offences and has prosecuted for the Port of London Authority in dangerous use of a speedboat
- Health and Safety Prosecutions – He defends in cases of fatal accident and injury as well as cases of COSHH liability and accidents in the workplace. He attends inquests arising from such incidents
- Permanent health insurance benefits claims
- Environmental prosecutions – He defends in cases arising from breach of Environmental Protection legislation and has acted in cases involving nuisance, fly tipping
- Planning and Tree preservation violations – He has defended in cases of destruction of a listed building, violation of planning consents and the cutting down of preserved trees
In Regulatory Proceedings he has considerable experience in:
- Sports regulation (please see his specialist Sports Law Profile)
- Prosecution of offences for the GMC and the HAC and has appeared and advised in relation to health care regulators
- Defending healthcare professionals before a wide range of regulatory panels including among others the HCPC, NMC and RCVS
- Police Disciplinary Tribunals – He has defended before the Hampshire Constabulary, Wiltshire Police and MPS
- Licensing – He has advised and acted before Licensing Authorities and on appeal in relation to premises and personal licensing applications and appeals.
His advocacy experience was developed as a criminal advocate, where he was a Grade 4 Prosecutor (Highest Category) before ceasing mainstream criminal work.
For the LSC
- R v Abu Hamza (in excess of £1 million)
- R v Terry Adams – Judicial Review proceedings in respect of orders made in excess of £4M.
- R v Basch and Katz (in excess of £0.75 million in Crown Court and on Judicial Review)
- R v Strachan – Claim for costs against the “Royal Blackmailer”
- R v Cushnie – Claim for costs arising from the Versaille Fraud.
He has lectured to GMC, the LSC and others on the Gambling Act 2005, disclosure and the RDCO regime.
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Louis has a strong practice based upon his hard work, preparation and powerful, robust advocacy and clear advice with particular expertise and experience in fatal accidents, high value and complicated liability cases arising from employers’ liability and RTAs.
Louis acts in high value or catastrophic personal injury cases and has acted for insurers and Defendants in respect of exaggerated and fraudulent claims and has given talks on how to defend such claims. He has extensive experience of accident reconstruction and associated forensic investigation.
2nd Sep 2016
Typically engages in clinical negligence claims that include failures to diagnose and treat injuries and illnesses, as well as resulting fatalities. His practice spans not only doctors and other healthcare professionals, but also veterinary surgeons.
"He is extremely good with clients and puts them at their ease. Good in court and good with paperwork, figures and schedules, and provides sensible, pragmatic advice."
Chambers UK 2019/Clinical Negligence - Band 3
A leading junior for regulatory and disciplinary disputes within horse and greyhound racing. He is widely recognised for his expertise in corruption, match fixing and doping matters. He acts for and against regulators.
"The best in the country for corruption cases." "He particularly shines out in sports regulatory work." "Good for parachuting in on big cases."
Recent work: Instructed by BHA to prosecute a jockey and a trainer for race fixing. The case resulted in a substantial ban for the jockey, although the trainer was acquitted.
Chambers UK 2019/Sport - Band 1
'Has considerable experience in surgical negligence cases, particularly concerning consent issues. He also represents claimants in brain injury and failure to diagnose cases.'
Strengths: "I really like the proactive way he deals with matters; he's good with clients and good in court."
Chambers UK 2018/Clinical Negligence - Band 3
Strengths: "He is completely on top of the law that applies to sporting tribunals. He has a very good manner, is very easy to work with and very clear in his advice." "He has the strongest experience of match-fixing matters in the UK." "He is a very good and charming advocate; very natural on his feet."
Chambers UK 2018/Sport - Band 1
'A highly experienced barrister practising across the London Bar and Western Circuit. He handles a range of clinical negligence claims including those relating to delayed diagnoses and cosmetic surgery. He also acts in cases concerning negligent veterinary treatment and veterinary products.'
Chambers UK 2017/Clinical Negligence - Band 2
'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."'
Chambers UK 2017/Sport - Band 1
'Well regarded by his peers as an analytical lawyer with a powerful court presence. He splits his practice between the London Bar and Western Circuit, and has experience in the complementary area of product liability including involvement in the recent PIP breast implant scandal. His expertise includes handling litigation related to veterinary negligence and defective veterinary products.
Strengths: "A larger than life character who is really impressive. He has the ability to digest years of litigation and filings into his brain very quickly." "A good overall barrister who is good on his feet."'
Chambers UK 2016/Clinical Negligence - 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."'
Chambers UK 2016/Sport - Band 2
'...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."'
Chambers UK 2015/Sports Law
'Has established an interesting niche in veterinary surgery cases alongside his general clinical negligence caseload. He is chiefly noted in this area for his work on behalf of doctors, surgeons and other individual healthcare professionals.
Expertise: "He is extremely able and extremely effective in everything that he does - he never disappoints."'
Chambers UK 2015/Clinical negligence – Band 2
'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.”'
Chambers UK 2014/Sports Law
'...represents a wide range of clients, including doctors, veterinary surgeons and other healthcare workers. He is noted for his skill with misdiagnosis cases.
Expertise: “He is extremely down to earth and builds a good rapport with his clients.” “He has a medical background and is extraordinarily helpful. He is exactly the sort of counsel you want.”'
Chambers UK 2014/Clinical Negligence
'Very good with witnesses.'
Legal 500 2018/19/Sport – Leading juniors
'He has a good brain with excellent technical knowledge.'
Legal 500 2017/Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading juniors
‘A strong intellect.’
Legal 500 2017/Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors
‘A dexterous advocate.’
Legal 500 2017/Sport - Leading Juniors
He is very approachable and has an excellent manner with clients, who are easily put at ease.’ -
Legal 500 2016/Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading juniors and also Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors
'He has a quirky way about him that clients like.'
Legal 500 2016/Sport – Leading juniors
'A popular choice in sports-related disputes.'
Legal 500 2016/Professional discipline and regulatory law (including police law) - Leading juniors
'He has expertise in health and safety, professional discipline and trading standards
Legal 500 2015/Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading juniors
'He is outstanding and has a very good understanding of the sports market.'
Legal 500 2015/Sport – Leading juniors
'A popular choice in sports-related disputes.'
Legal 500 2015/Professional discipline and regulatory law (including police law) - Leading juniors
'Quickly masters his brief. He is respected by all sides and a pleasure to work with.'
Legal 500 2014
‘quick-witted, experienced advocate and horseracing expert'
Legal 500 Directory 2013/14/Media, Entertainment and Sport and also Professional discipline and regulatory law (including police law) - Leading Junior.
- Bristol University (Philosophy BA, First, Miller Barstow Prize).
Professional qualifications & appointments
- British Association for Sport and Law (BASL)
- Member of ARDL
Louis Weston is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.More Information
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