Sports Law

Jo is a member of the Sport Resolutions pro bono panel. She has been instructed in a number of sports disciplinary matters.

She has recently acted in a sports personal injury case representing an injured golfer, drawing on expert evidence in relation to course design and safety regulations.

Jo was trained by the Bar’s leading sports law junior, during which time she assisted in a number of sports matters, including an IP case for Sky Sports and the England and Wales Cricket Board, an employment dispute regarding a football manager, a football shirt sponsorship dispute and a public law claim in relation to the policing of football grounds. She attended a number of disciplinary anti-doping hearings and has experience of FA Rule K arbitrations and other player/agent regulatory and contractual issues.

Jo is particularly interested in disciplinary matters, sports injuries, and issues surrounding the duty of care towards players and athletes.

Selected Cases

  • UKAD v Miles Normandale SR/NADP/86/2019: Represented a semi-professional rugby player subject to an adverse analytical finding [link]. In a one day hearing before the National Anti-Doping Panel, Jo successfully argued that the athlete’s use of Clomiphene had occurred at a time when he had no foreseeable return to sport, and that his violation was not intentional.
  • Represented a darts player subject to an adverse analytical finding. She represented the player’s interests to UK Anti-Doping through written submissions and correspondence, leading to a 50% reduction in the period of ineligibility imposed (from 4 to 2 years) and a finding of a doping violation which was “not intentional”.
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