Sports Law

Leanne’s sports law experience comes from both the self-employed bar and working in the sports law team at Charles Russell Speechlys. She undertakes contentious and non-contentious work for governing bodies, athletes and clubs. Leanne has recently been instructed by a national funding body in relation to challenges to funding decisions.

She also applies her clinical negligence and personal injury experience in sporting cases and has been involved in rugby-concussion cases and claims by athletes injured from substandard training facilities.

Leanne has sat on The FA County disciplinary anti-discrimination panel. She is also a former trustee for Women in Sport and a junior international athlete in track and field.

Selected Cases

  • Advising first team doctor of a premiership football club in relation to disciplinary proceedings.
  • Advising a national funding body in challenges to funding decisions.
  • Acting for a junior rugby player who suffered repeated concussions in a personal injury claim.
  • Hillsborough inquests: Leanne worked with Charles Russell Speechlys as part of the legal team acting for The FA.
  • Advising Premiership Rugby on financial regulation and its Salary Capping Regulations.
  • Advising sports governing bodies on disciplinary action against members.
  • Representing an athlete in a negligence claim against a club and sports ground.
  • Advising international athletes and sports officials on disciplinary proceedings and appeals.
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