3PB’s Sports Law Group has an excellent reputation for providing expert advocacy and advice to national and international sports governing bodies, players, managers, clubs and officials, as recognised in the legal directories.
As specialist sports barristers, we act before the Disciplinary Panels, Appeal Bodies and Courts in leading sports cases nationally and internationally, including in horse racing, football, snooker, greyhound racing, boxing, athletics and rugby. We prosecute and defend allegations of corruption, doping and on field and off field misconduct.
We advise on the rules and procedures to govern sports and their disciplinary procedures nationally and internationally.
Our Members have established experience and expertise in:
- The regulation of national and international sport
- Corruption and betting offences
- Anti-Doping Violations
- Contractual and commercial and sports disputes
- Intellectual Property including copyright (and notably broadcast rights), trade marks, designs, passing off, database rights and breach of confidence/privacy actions
- Employment issues in sports contracts
- Negligence liability for in play accidents
- Selection criteria for national teams and the Olympics.
Several members of the Sports Law Group are members of the British Association of Sports and Law (BASL).
Members of the Sports Law Group accept instructions on a Direct Access basis in appropriate cases and are available for instruction via any of our six UK centres: London, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Oxford and Winchester. We are also well equipped with the technology to facilitate virtual meetings, conferences and proceedings where required/possible.
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Civil law barrister Jamie Johnston (call: 2016), pictured here, has joined national chambers 3PB (3 Paper Buildings) from chambers in Newcastle and will be based at the now-large Birmingham office. He specialises in property and chancery, commercial disputes and sports law and has a busy practice in the High Court, County Court, tribunals and hearings. Before coming to the Bar, Jamie spent ten years' building up and then selling a national franchising company so brings...Continue reading
3PB are delighted to announce that barrister, Gemma White (pictured here) has been appointed a part-time Deputy District Judge to officiate in the Magistrates Courts. Gemma was called to the bar in 2009. She specialises in crime, sports, and regulatory law, particularly across the Western Circuit. She joins an array of part-time judges and Recorders who also have busy practices at national chambers 3PB alongside their judicial roles. To instruct Gemma or contact her, please...Continue reading
3PB are pleased to sponsor Support Through Court’s 4th “In Conversation” event due to take place via Zoom on Wednesday 18 November 7-8.30pm. The event will be joined by Sarah Langford and William Clegg QC, who will discuss their experiences at the bar and help raise funds and awareness for the charity. Sarah Langford is a barrister from 3PB and Sunday Times Best Seller for ‘In your defense’, a book commended for powerfully communicating the...Continue reading
3PB sports law and disciplinary specialist barristers Nick Cotter and Graham Gilbert were successful in a FA appeal hearing on behalf of a talented 16 year old footballer, Nathan Hieatt, who in February 2020 was accused of spitting at a referee's foot and given a 5 year ban at the initial FA hearing. In spite of five witnesses from his team and his college tutor corroborating Nathan’s story, and with the referee having no independent...Continue reading
3PB is thrilled to have been shortlisted by the Legal 500 directory in the following categories: Regional Bar: Set of the Year and Regional Bar: Silk of the Year – Vanessa Meachin QC The nomination for Regional Set of the Year is further acknowledgment of the talent, hard work and investment by 3PB's members and staff this year across all of our specialisms and 6 office locations in the UK. The set was previously shortlisted in...Continue reading
Stephen Harvey QC examines how the corruption exposed in the sport in recent years could potentially be brought to an end. Click here to read Stephen Harvey's analysis. View his profile here.Continue reading
3PB Sports barrister Graham Gilbert reviews the Chris Ashton disciplinary decision and points to lessons on sanctioning under RFU Regulation 19
In his latest article for LawInSport, 3PB Sports barrister Graham Gilbert provides an in-depth analysis of the Chris Ashton disciplinary decision and examines the lessons it raises on sanctioning under RFU Regulation 19. Register for free on LawInSport’s website to read Graham’s analysis. Click here to view Graham Gilbert’s profile.Continue reading
Disputes from Rugby World Cup 2019 Qualifying: ‘biased’ referees and ineligible players – an analysis by 3PB Sports barrister Graham Gilbert.
In his latest article for LawInSport, 3PB Sports barrister Graham Gilbert reviews the decisions of the Judicial and Disputes Committee of World Rugby in relation to a number of complaints made by participating Unions in the Rugby World Cup 2019 Qualifying Competition. Namely: a match played as part of the final round of the Qualifying Competition, following which a number of complaints had been made by Federacion Espanola de Rugby (FER) relating to, among other...Continue reading
Louis Weston, Head of the 3PB Sports Group, represented the Badminton World Federation (BWF) in the prosecution of the top players Zulfadli Zulkiffli and Tan Chun Seang for match fixing and point fixing. Following a hearing in 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...Continue reading
Louis Weston and Gareth Graham appointed to the Sport Resolutions Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators
3PB’s Sports Group is happy to announce that Gareth Graham and Head of Sports Group Louis Weston have been appointed to the Sport Resolutions Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators. These appointments demonstrate the strength and depth of the 3PB Sports Law Team. Sport Resolutions is the independent, not-for-profit, dispute resolution service for sport in the United Kingdom. Established by the main stakeholder groups in sport, their aim is to provide an expert, speedy and cost effective alternative to internal...Continue reading
3PB Sports Barrister Graham Gilbert on athlete cocaine use: the cases of Dale Swift, Graham Gibbons & Dan Evans
In his latest article for LawInSport, sports barrister Graham Gilbert reviews the cases of Dale Swift, Graham Gibbons and Dan Evans and, in doing so, provides an overview and brief comparison of the relevant anti-doping rules. Please click here to read Graham's analysis. To view Graham's profile, please click here.Continue reading
3PB Head of Sports Louis Weston and Sports barrister Gemma White highlight key 2018 Sports Law issues for LawInSport
Sports barristers Louis Weston and Gemma White have this year again participated in LawInSport’s 2018 key sports issues survey. Praising whistleblowers and the important part they play in making and keeping sports clean, Senior Junior Louis Weston expects their role to be further encouraged and their actions protected by Sports governing bodies in 2018. Gemma White anticipates the world of Sport to learn and benefit from the #MeToo movement, providing governing bodies the drive to...Continue reading
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