Sports Law

Jo accepts instructions in a variety of Sports law cases, particularly those with a focus on sports injury and regulatory offences relating to doping.

She is a member of the Sport Resolutions pro bono panel, and has represented a number of athletes pro bono, assisting in both English and French. She also undertakes independent reviews of ‘case to answer’ determinations for UK Anti-Doping.

Jo uses her personal injury specialist knowledge when acting in sports injury cases. She has represented an injured golfer in a case regarding allegedly unsafe facilities, drawing on expert evidence on course design and safety regulations. She recently acted for a defendant in a claim regarding a career-ending injury suffered by the claimant during a recreational football match, which was the result of an allegedly negligent high tackle.

Her knowledge of medical law and experience of medico-legal expert witnesses is particularly useful where there is contested evidence about the nature or timing of alleged Use of prohibited substances. In UKAD v Miles Normandale SR/NADP/86/2019, Jo represented a semi-professional rugby player subject to an adverse analytical finding. In a one-day hearing before the National Anti-Doping Panel, Jo cross-examined an expert on Forensic Science & Drug Monitoring who co-founded the UK’s only World Anti-Doping Agency accredited laboratory. She 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.

Jo was trained during pupillage by the Bar’s leading sports law junior, during which time she assisted across a range of sports matters, including intellectual property, employment law, and public law. She gained experience of FA Rule K arbitrations and other player/agent regulatory and contractual issues.

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

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