Gareth Graham appointed as one of the new chairs of the BHA Judicial Panel

21st July 2023

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3PB sports, employment and professional discipline barrister Gareth GrahamGareth GrahamCall: 2006 (pictured here) has been appointed as one of the new chairs for the British Horseracing Authority's (BHA) independent Judicial Panel, which encompasses the Disciplinary Panel, Appeal Board and Licensing Committee.

The Judicial Panel is established by the BHA as the pool of lawyers to hear all cases or appeals referred to it in connection with the Rules of Racing. Following a review of the Judicial Panel’s processes, which featured extensive consultation with racing’s stakeholders, a number of changes to the Panel’s framework and composition were agreed, to ensure it can continue to deliver in the best interests of the sport. These changes have been reflected in the recruitment process for the new Panel members.

Sarah Crowther KC, who is Chair of the Judicial Panel, said: “I am pleased to announce the appointment of new members to the Judicial Panel of the British Horseracing Authority. There were over 100 applicants which made the recruitment process extremely competitive. Applications were assessed by reference to competencies. These included independence of approach, judicial and decision-making skills, experience and interest and knowledge of horse racing and equine welfare, as well as safeguarding."

Interviews were held and selection was carried out by an Appointments Committee which comprised an industry representative with extensive training and riding experience, a member of the BHA board, as well the deputy chair of the Judicial Panel and me. Candidates were given an opportunity to demonstrate analytical and race reading skills and their commitment to diversity and inclusion in both the sport and judge craft. I welcome the successful candidates to the Panel and congratulate them on their appointments. I look forward to working alongside them to continue to the work of the Judicial Panel as the independent tribunal for horse racing in Great Britain.”

If you wish to contact Gareth, do email him on [email protected]. To instruct him or see about this availability, please contact his clerks Russell Porter on [email protected] or Patrick Robson on [email protected] or by calling either of them on 01865 793736.