Areas of Law 

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Sports Law

Sports Law, or rather the law as it relates to sport, is a dynamic and fast growing area as sport, recreation, business and insurance become ever more intertwined. We have extensive experience not only in this area of the law, but also in a wide variety of sports both as participants and administrators. We are therefore acutely aware of the particular problems which can befall sportsmen and women and sports administrators alike when sport and the law collide.

Practice in this field has included:

  • Negligence claims against Clubs, Coaches, Referees and Medical Officers
  • Disciplinary Hearings
  • Personal Injury (from golf to rugby to karate)
  • Contracts of Employment
  • Restraint of Trade
  • Domestic Commercial Contracts
  • Judicial Review
  • VAT

1 Crown Office Row are proud to be appointed on the Pro Bono Legal Panel for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Philip Havers QC was appointed as a Member of the FA Premier League's Disciplinary Panel in 2008.  Martin Matthews was a Member of the Council of the Football Association from 1992 to 2002 and, since then, has been involved in football arbitrations and has been appointed a Professional Member of the Sports Dispute Resolution Panel of Arbitrators.

Richard Booth regularly acts for injured footballers on instruction from the Professional Footballers' Association.

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