Sport

Bringing vast experience in professional regulation to the sporting stage, QEB Hollis Whiteman have built an accomplished Sports Regulation team.

Overview

QEB Hollis Whiteman has extended its established expertise in the regulatory and disciplinary field, to secure a strong foothold in the sporting world.  A team of experienced members of chambers offers advice and advocacy in connection with a wide range of sports and sporting issues (including professional discipline), to regulators, sporting bodies, clubs and individual sportsmen and women.

Our Experience

Chambers has forged strong links both with the specialist solicitors in this practice area, and with the relevant sporting regulatory bodies and organisations. We have particular knowledge and skill in relation to horse racing, rugby union, tennis, cricket and athletics our members having appeared regularly before various tribunals in connection with each of these sports.  

As a team we draw on our collective knowledge and experience to provide the best possible service to those who require our assistance. The depth of that experience has been enhanced by junior members assisting in-house with the legal departments of sports regulators such as. the British Horse-racing Authority and the Gambling Commission.

Various members of Chambers hold significant roles within the field of sports regulation.  These include: Nicholas Corsellis who is frequently instructed by the Tennis Integrity Unit in connection with corruption cases; Tim Naylor who has been appointed by the British Horseracing Association as its Head of Regulation; Philip Evans QC who in 2017 was appointed by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) as its second independent Head of Rugby Judiciary (read story HERE); Rebecca Harris who sits as a member of the RFU Judicial Panel and the specialist RFU Safeguarding Panel; David Jeremy QC and Alex Felix who have been approved by the British Equestrian Federation to sit as Legally Qualified Chairs; and Nicholas Griffin QC is a Board Member (and Chair of Audit and Risk Committee) for UK Anti-Doping, appointed in 2017 by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

We provide advice and representation in respect of proceedings before Sports Resolution and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) along with similar organisations.  

We are also regularly involved in criminal cases which arise from sporting events, including, cases which have been prosecuted under the Gambling Act. 

Chambers’ Private Prosecutions team acts for the Football Association Premier League protecting its IP rights against illegal broadcasting of matches.

 

Recent Cases

BHA v Adam Carter (2017)

Caoimhe Daly represented the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) before an Inquiry into charges of...

RFU disciplinary hearing Chris Ashton (2016)

Philip Evans QC chaired the RFU disciplinary panel - in regards to Chris...

BHA v Anthony Knott (appeal against ban) (2016)

Philip Evans QC and Tim Naylor appeared on behalf of the British Horse-Racing...

The Gambling Commission v Mosdall (2015)

Philip Evans QC represented the Gambling Commission in the prosecution of Christopher...

News

Nicholas Griffin QC appointed to UK Anti-Doping Board

Nicholas Griffin QC has been appointed to the Board of UK Anti-Doping by the Secretary of...