Sport

Bringing vast experience in professional regulation to the sporting stage, QEB Hollis Whiteman has 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, athletics and equestrianism, 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 Horseracing 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 Alexandra 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 Audit and Risk Committee Chair) 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 that 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.

Members of the team also operate in associated parallel proceedings.  We have experience of the criminal, regulatory and inquisitorial proceedings, including inquests and public inquiries, that can arise from this field.  We have also been instructed to conduct internal reviews for bodies, associations and companies within the field; drawing from our expertise, we work to equip orgnisations with measures to prevent internal crisis and to assist to resolve issues, when they arise.  Our barristers have knowledge of the mechanics of the profession and have experience of acting on behalf of bodies, associations and companies when they encounter internal crises which have the potential to turn into civil, criminal, regulatory and/or inquisitorial proceedings. Members not only have vast experience of the allegations organisations may face but they have a detailed understanding of the operation and dynamics of internal investigations, having represented both the organisers and subjects of such inquiries.   Our barristers provide preventative advice and assistance with compliance issues; we advise on setting up new policies and risk assessments of existing policies.   We have advised national service providers and professional governing bodies within this field, our work has dealt with regulatory procedure as well as criminal issues such as theft, fraud, harassment and sexual assault.  Anne Whyte QC is heading The Whyte Review into British Gymnastics' response to allegations of mistreatment within the sport.

 

Recent Cases

Lawn Tennis Association v B (2019)

Selva Ramasamy QC acted pro bono in this LTA case, heard by Sport Resolutions.  Sport...

Tennis Integrity Unit v Cristobal Saavedra-Corvalan (2019)

Nicholas Corsellis QC appeared for the Tennis Integrity Unit at the hearing of the case against...

BHA v Adam Carter (2017)

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

News

Alexandra Felix to be appointed Queen's Counsel

We are delighted to announce that the Queen has approved the Lord Chancellor’s...

Articles

The Gambling Commission: Constructive Engagement

For gambling companies, the Covid-19 crisis has further intensified political and regulatory scrutiny of their activities and increased the possibility of interactions with the GB regulator. Adam Epstein of Mishcon de Reya , together with Philip Evans QC...

Preparing for remote hearings: Planning ahead to avoid pitfalls

The outbreak of Covid-19 has put a sharp focus on video link hearings in legal proceedings, and has greatly accelerated their use. The Coronavirus Act 2020 has expanded the use of remote hearings in the criminal courts. Over the Easter weekend,The Times...