Adam Lewis QC

Called to Bar:
1985
Appointed to silk:
2009
Practice areas:
Degree:
MA (Cantab)
Languages:
French and Norwegian (working knowledge)

After call Adam Lewis worked on competition law matters for a US firm in Washington DC and London, in the Cabinet of the European Commissioner responsible for Competition and Financial Institutions and then at an EU law firm in Brussels, returning to practice at the Bar in 1994.

Adam Lewis QC is recognised by both of the main independent legal directories as a leading silk.

Chambers UK 2014

  • Top 100 silks – Adam is included in the Chambers UK list of the top 100 silks. 
  • Sport - Adam is ranked as the only Star Individual in this area. “Adam Lewis is first-class and has a fierce intellect.” … “He would always be my first choice for sports disputes. He is extremely bright, approachable and easy to work with. He always gets the right answer and understands the commercial objectives of clients.”
  • Administrative & Public law – recommended
  • Public Procurement law – “A sensible, pragmatic and easy-to-deal-with advocate.”

Chambers UK’s Top Silk Bar 100

In December 2013, Adam was ranked as one of Chambers UK’s Top Silk Bar 100, in their inaugural listing of the top barristers practising at the Bar of England & Wales.

Legal 500 2013

Adam is recommended in five practice areas, Media, Entertainment & Sport (“an encyclopaedic knowledge of the key authorities and the industry”), Administrative & Public law, EU & Competition, Professional Discipline, Public Procurement.

Professional Experience

Tribunals: 

  • Football Association Rule K Arbitrator
  • Sport Resolutions Arbitrator – Legal Member
  • Rugby Football Union Appeal Board Chairman
  • UK Athletics Tribunal Chairman
  • London 2012 Pro Bono Legal Advice and Representation Service

Public Law and Human Rights

Adam Lewis regularly acts in a wide range of public law matters, both for and against public bodies.  He has developed a particular expertise in the application of public law principles at the boundary between public and commercial contexts, including EU law issues, public procurement, VAT, telecommunications and charging for policing.  He has also worked on numerous matters involving the extension of public law principles to the activities of quasi-public bodies, such as sports governing bodies, whose decisions are not subject to CPR Part 54 Judicial Review but fall to be reviewed by reference to similar standards. He regularly advises and acts for the premium rate telephone and internet regulator (PhonePayPlus, formerly known as ICSTIS) and British Telecommunications.  

Current and recent work

His work in the last two years involving public law and human rights includes the following:

  • Matthew King v London Marathon Limited (Queen’s Bench Division - current)
    Currently acts for LML in its defence of discrimination proceedings brought against it by former Rugby League Player Matthew King following its conclusion that it was not permissible for him to compete in the London Marathon using a motorised wheelchair.  The trial takes place in February 2014. 
  • Mutu v Switzerland (European Court of Human Rights - current)
    Currently acts for Chelsea Football Club in the context of the Player Adrian Mutu’s proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights challenging the award made by the Court of Arbitration of Sport against him and in favour of the Club of €17 million in compensation for breach of contract, which was upheld by the Swiss Federal Tribunal.  The Court has taken up the case and invited submissions from Chelsea.
  • Clix Connex Limited v PhonePayPlus and OFT (Administrative Court - current)
    Acts for the regulator PPP in judicial review proceedings relating to the impact of EU Information Society and Digital Economy legislation on its ability to require prior permission for “Information, Connection and Signposting Services” paid for over premium rate telephone lines.
  • R (Leyton Orient FC) v London Legacy Development Corporation and West Ham (Administrative Court - September 2013) 
    Appeared for Leyton Orient in the club’s judicial review proceedings challenging the LLDC’s public procurement decision not further to consider Leyton Orient for a co-tenancy of the stadium along with West Ham. The issue was whether the procurement process breached the EU principles of transparency and equality of treatment. Previously appeared for Leyton Orient in R (Tottenham Hotspur FC and Leyton Orient FC) v  Newham Council, OPLC, Mayor of London, and Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport ; Leyton Orient FC v Football Association Premier League (High Court Judicial Review and FA Rule K arbitration, 2011 - current), where the judicial review challenge was on the basis that Newham Council’s involvement in the bid breached state aid rules and was ultra vires.
  • Fenerbahce v UEFA, Besiktas v UEFA (Court of Arbitration for Sport – August 2013)
    Appeared for UEFA in its defence of the two clubs’ appeals against exclusion from European football competition for match-fixing based on criminal convictions of club officials in Turkey. At issue was whether an arbitral tribunal can or should rely on criminal convictions when the convicted party claims that the convictions had been obtained in breach of his human rights and when an appeal to the relevant Supreme Court is pending.  
  • Doncaster Rovers Belles v The FA (FA Arbitration - June 2013)
    Appeared for The FA in defence of a challenge brought to its decision not to include Doncaster Rovers Belles in the highest division for women’s professional football.  The club alleged that the governing bodies had acted unlawfully, irrationally and procedurally unfairly (the public and administrative law grounds for review applicable to sports governing  bodies by virtue of the Bradley decision).  
  • PhonePayPlus v Churchcastle (Regulatory Tribunal - May 2013)
    Appeared for the regulator in regulatory proceedings relating to the operation of competitions where payment is made over premium rate telephone lines.
  • Japan Olympic Committee and Koji Murofushi v International Olympic Committee (Court of Arbitration for Sport – April 2013)
    Appeared for the JOC and the athlete Koji Murofushi in his CAS appeal against the IOC’s exclusion of him from the IOC Athletes’ Commission for improper campaigning.  The appeal involved fair trial issues as well as an appeal on the facts.
  • BT and the Post Office (February 2013)
    Advised BT in relation to the current, and developing, status of obligations that arose between two utilities when both were in public ownership, when that is no longer the case.
  • Sports Governing Body Disciplinary Processes (current)
    Currently advising a number of sports governing bodies in relation to the structures and practices of disciplinary processes and their compliance with human rights law, following the Court of Appeal decision in Kaur.
  • Park Promotion Ltd (t/a Pontypool Rugby Football Club) v Welsh Rugby Union Ltd (High Court trial, [2012] EWHC 1919 (QB) - 2012)
    Acted for the WRU in its defence of Pontypool’s challenge against the WRU’s decision that other clubs and not it should play in the premier division the following season.  Pontypool alleged that the WRU had acted unlawfully, irrationally and procedurally unfairly (the public and administrative law grounds for review applicable to sports governing bodies by virtue of the Bradley decision).  

Other cases

  • British Olympic Association v World Anti-Doping Agency (Court of Arbitration for Sport – 2012)
  • Bin Hammam v FIFA (Court of Arbitration for Sport – 2012)
  • Gambling Commission (2011)
  • Adamu v FIFA (Court of Arbitration for Sport - 2011) 
  • BPI v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (2010)
  • Government of Gibraltar (2010)
  • Social Care Institute and British Association of Social Workers (2010)
  • PhonePayPlus v mBlox (2010, Regulatory Tribunal)
  • Severn Trent Water v British Telecommunications (High Court, 2010)
  • British Telecommunications (2010)
  • Rio Football Services v Sevilla (Fabiano) (High Court, 2009-2010)
  • Football Agent v The Football Association (FA Rule K arbitration, 2010)
  • Sheffield v FAPL (2007), Leeds v Football League (2008), Stretford v FA (2007-2009) 
  • Greater Manchester Police v Wigan AFC (Chancery Division, Mann J, [2007] EWHC 3095 (Ch); Court of Appeal, [2008], 19 December 2008 [2008] EWCA Civ 1449
  • MyTravel v European Commission (European Court of First Instance, 2008)
  • R (Deepdock and others) v National Assembly for Wales and Welsh Minister for the Environment (Administrative Court, Wyn Williams J 2007, CA 2008) joined with Isle of Anglesey County Council and the Crown Estate Commissioners v National Assembly for Wales, NWNW Sea Fisheries Committee and others
  • Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of Telephone Information Services ("ICSTIS") v Allied Telecommunications (Administrative Court, Paul Walker J, [2007] EWHC 2307 (Admin)) 
  • Dwain Chambers v British Olympic Association (Queens Bench Division, Mackay J, [2008] EWHC 2028 (QB))
  • Stretford v FA (2007, 2008) and UKA’s rules on inappropriate sexual relationships (2007)
  • Fulcrum v Commissioners of Customs & Excise (VAT and Duties Tribunal and European Court of Justice, Joined Cases C-354/03 C-355/03 C-484/03, [2006] Ch. 218)
  • R (on the application of Unitymark and the NSFO) v DEFRA (Administrative Court and European Court of Justice [2003] EWHC 2748 [2004]; Eu. L.R. 338 ECJ - [2006] E.C.R. I-2689; [2006] 2 C.M.L.R. 21)
  • R (on the application of Vodafone) v Commissioners of Customs & Excise (Administrative Court [2005] EWHC 1581 (Admin))
  • Bateman v Dwr Cymru Welsh Water (2004)
  • R (on the application of Freeserve) v Commissioners of Customs & Excise, AOL interested party Moses J 2002, Evans Lombe J, 2003 [2004] STC 187
  • London Surfacing v London Borough of Barnet (2003)
  • Ridley v DEFRA (2003)
  • Jobsin.co.uk Plc v Department of Health, Collins J, 15 March 2001, Blofeld J, 8-10 May 2001, CA (Thorpe, Dyson, Astill LJJ, [2001] EWCA CIV 1241; [2001] EuLR 685
  • Anchor Foods Limited v Commissioners of Customs & Excise [1999] 1 WLR 1139 ChD; [1998] V&DR 32; VAT and Duties Tribunal (T Wallace, Chairman), 27 January 1998, 24 November 1998, 4 May 1999, 27 May 1999, 8 March 2000, 18 July 2000, 25 January 2001, 19 October 2001, 4 July 2002; Divisional Court (Dyson J) 26 June 1998; Chancery Division (Neuberger J) 9 February 1999, 26 February 1999 ([1999] 1 WLR 1139), 20 April 1999, 8 July 1999, 18 October 1999, 21 February 2000, 30 March 2000; Court of Appeal 19 June 2000; House of Lords 24 July 2001 
  • President of the Republic of Liberia v Times Newspapers, Eady J 22 January 2001
  • General Mediterranean Holdings SA v Patel, Law Society intervening [2000] 1 WLR 272, Toulson J
  • R v MAFF ex p. Quarantine Abolition Fighting Fund, Owen J, the Independent 15 October 1999
  • R v Chief Constable ex p. ITF [1997] 3 WLR 132, CA;  [1999] 2 AC 418 House of Lords
  • Matra v Home Office, Rattee J 31st July 1998, unrep; [1999] 1 WLR 1646, [1999] EuLR 635 (CA)
  • Top High Developments v Commissioners of Customs & Excise [1998] FSR 464
  • Rodgers v Sheffield County Council General Instrument v Commissioners of Customs & Excise judgment May 1998
  • R v Cardiff City Council ex p. Gooding Investments Ltd [1996] Env LR 288
  • John Dee Ltd v Commissioners of Customs & Excise [1995] STC 941
  • Colman v General Medical Council [1990] 1 All ER 489

EU and Competition

Adam Lewis’ practice spans the full range of European Union and Competition law matters, with particular focus on anti-competitive agreements and behaviour, merger regulation, state aid rules, free movement, public procurement, VAT and trade and customs law.

Adam Lewis began to develop his EU and Competition law specialisms before he started practice at the Bar. Between 1985 and 1987 he worked at in particular Wilmer Cutler & Pickering (now Wilmer Hale), a United States law firm with an established EU law practice and a Brussels office.  In 1991 and 1992 he worked for the European Commission in the Cabinet of Sir Leon Brittan, then European Commissioner responsible for Competition and Financial Institutions. Thereafter he was based in Brussels for a year, working exclusively on EU law related matters in a firm that is now merged with White & Case.

Current and recent work

His work in the last two years involving EU and Competition law includes the following:

  • Clix Connex Limited v PhonePayPlus and OFT (Administrative Court - current)
    Acts for the regulator in judicial review proceedings relating to the impact of EU Information Society and Digital Economy legislation on its ability to require prior permission for “Information, Connection and Signposting Services” paid for over premium rate telephone lines.
  • Welsh Rugby Union, Welsh Regional Organisations, European Rugby Cup (current)
    Currently acts for the WRU in the context of the relationship between the Union and the Regional Organisations and in the context of the reorganisation of the European cross border club competitions administered by ERC, in the light of the desire of English Clubs and Premiership Rugby Limited to create a Rugby Champions Cup instead. The issues include European competition and free movement questions.        
  • Maidstone FC v Football Conference (current)
    Currently acts for Maidstone in its efforts to secure permission to use an artificial pitch should it be promoted to the Conference at the end of the 2013/2014 season.  The issues include competition and restraint of trade questions. 
  • R (Leyton Orient FC) v London Legacy Development Corporation and West Ham (Administrative Court - September 2013) 
    Appeared for Leyton Orient in the club’s judicial review proceedings challenging the LLDC’s public procurement decision not further to consider Leyton Orient for a co-tenancy of the stadium along with West Ham. The issue was whether the procurement process breached the EU principles of transparency and equality of treatment. Previously appeared for Leyton Orient in R (Tottenham Hotspur FC and Leyton Orient FC) v Newham Council, OPLC, Mayor of London, and Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport ; Leyton Orient FC v Football Association Premier League (High Court Judicial Review and FA Rule K arbitration, 2011 - current), where the judicial review challenge was on the basis that Newham Council’s involvement in the bid breached EU state aid rules and was ultra vires.
  • PPP ICSS and EU Information Society and Digital Economy legislation (current)
    Currently advising the regulator on the impact of EU Information Society and Digital Economy legislation on its ability to require prior permission for “Information, Connection and Signposting Services” paid for over premium rate telephone lines.
  • Doncaster Rovers Belles v The FA (FA Arbitration - June 2013)
    Appeared for The FA in defence of a challenge brought to its procurement decision not to include Doncaster Rovers Belles in the highest division for women’s professional football.  The FA ran a tender process to evaluate which clubs were strong enough to feature in the top division, and the club challenged the decision making process.  Previously appeared for the WRU in a challenge to a similar tender process to reorganise welsh rugby Park Promotion Ltd (t/a Pontypool Rugby Football Club) v Welsh Rugby Union Ltd (High Court trial, [2012] EWHC 1919 (QB), July 2012).
  • Withholding of player services (current)
    Currently advising on EU competition law in the context of a threat of withholding of player services.
  • London Welsh v RFU, Newcastle Falcons intervening (RFU Arbitration - 2012)
    Acted for Newcastle Falcons in the context of London Welsh’s challenge on EU competition law grounds to the RFU’s refusal to accept its promotion because it did not have primacy of tenure over its ground.  This is a very significant case in relation to the application of the EU competition law rules to sports governing bodies’ actions.  The rules allowed three exceptions, which were already used up by other clubs, and London Welsh alleged that to limit the exceptions to three was an unnecessary and disproportionate restriction of competition, and therefore unlawful.  Newcastle resisted the challenge along with the RFU, because if London Welsh did not go up, Newcastle stayed up.  
  • Fédération Luxembourgeoise de Boxe v British Board of Boxing Control (High Court - 2012) 
    Acted for the BBBC in the defence of the High Court EU competition and free movement law challenge brought by the FLB, alleging that the BBBC had acted unlawfully to exclude rival, foreign, governing bodies from the market by threatening to discipline those involved in the Hayes Chisora bout, which had been sanctioned by the FLB. 
  • Fenerbahce v UEFA (Court of Arbitration for Sport - 2012)
    Acted for UEFA in its defence of CAS proceedings brought against it by Fenerbahce based on UEFA’s alleged exclusion of Fenerbahce from the European Champions League.   The Club contended that UEFA had acted in breach of competition law by promulgating and applying the rules under which the club had been excluded from the competition when members of board were under criminal investigation for match fixing.      
  • Mutu v Chelsea the FA and FIFA (Complaint to the EU Commission - 2010-2013)
    Acted for Chelsea in the context of the Player Adrian Mutu’s complaint to the European Commission that the CAS award against him and in favour of the club of €17 million in compensation for breach of contract under the FIFA rules, is in breach of Articles 45, 101 and 102 TFEU.  The Player alleged that a transfer system that can create such massive personal liability on breach infringes Competition and Free Movement law.
  • London 2012 Olympics Tickets (2012)
    Advised in relation to the terms on which London 2012 Olympics Tickets are supplied and the compliance of the terms with competition law and EU discrimination law.
  • Compatibility with Competition and Free Movement Law of Sports Governing Bodies’ Rules (ongoing)
    Regularly advises a large number of sports governing bodies on the development of their rules in accordance with, and litigation threatened on the basis of, the competition and free movement rules, including between 2005 and 2010 the Football Association in relation to the Football Players Agents Regulations, the IRB in relation to various rules including the Rugby Player Release Rules, the organisers of Rugby World Cup in relation to the 2007 and 2011 tournaments, and Rugby Football League in relation to the closed league structure.  He has recently advised the FA on the adoption of Anti-Doping Whereabouts Rules and the Football League on its fit and proper person test, in the wake of Silvio Briatore’s ban from Formula One by FIA and questions as to the ownership of Notts County.
  • Public procurement (ongoing)
    In the context of public procurement, he regularly advises providers on a number of different aspects of public procurement law.  He has extensive recent public procurement experience, including in the contexts of Waste Disposal; Ministry of Defence Housing refurbishment and replacement, Submarine Escape Systems, Hospital Gases, Mapping Services, Health Care Provision as well as numerous local authority and other contracting authority developments and repair arrangements.  He was Counsel in the important reported Court of Appeal procurement cases Matra v Home Office and Jobsin.co.uk Plc v Department of Health.

Other cases

  • Syntema (2011)
  • Associated Independent Stores (2011)
  • British Olympic Association v LOCOG and IOC (Court of Arbitration for Sport - 2011)
  • ESPL v ECB, ICC, and BCCI (High Court - 2010)   
  • BPI and the digital economy legislation (2010)
  • Gibraltar Football Association v UEFA (Court of Arbitration for Sport 2003 - 2010)
  • Corporatewear (Complaint to Office of Fair Trading, 2010)
  • Enfield Council (2010)
  • Michalias v Michalia (European Court of Justice, Case C-312/09, June 2010)
  • FIFA World Cup 2010
  • Chelsea Football Club v RC Lens and FIFA (CAS 2009/A/1976, Court of Arbitration for Sport - February 2010)
  • PhonePayPlus v mBlox (Regulatory Tribunal 2010)
  • International Tennis Federation v Richard Gasquet  (ITF Tribunal, Tim Kerr QC chairing, 29-30 June, 15 July 2009; 10 November 2009, Court of Arbitration for Sport CAS 2009/A/1926, Award December 2009)  
  • MyTravel v European Commission (European Court of First Instance, April and May 2008, Judgment 9 September 2008)
  • Dwain Chambers v British Olympic Association (Queens Bench Division, Mackay J, 9, 17 and 18 July 2008) [2008] EWHC 2028 (QB)
  • R (on the application of Unitymark and the NSFO) v DEFRA (Administrative Court and European Court of Justice) [2003] EWHC 2748 [2004]; Eu. L.R. 338 ECJ - [2006] E.C.R. I-2689; [2006] 2 C.M.L.R. 21
  • Adidas v International Tennis Federation (Chancery Division) [2006] EWHC 1318 (Ch) and 2007
  • International Sports Investment v International Rugby Board (Chancery Division) (2007)
  • Rugby Football Union v Westminster Hospitality and Events Ltd (Chancery Division); Rugby Football Union v Eventco (Chancery Division) (2007)
  • Newcastle United Football Club v FA and FIFA (Michael Owen) (2007)
  • British Waterways Board v Thames Water Utilities (2007)
  • Ashley Cole (OFT)
  • British Telecom Plc (OFCOM)
  • Fulcrum v Commissioners of Customs & Excise (VAT and Duties Tribunal and European Court of Justice, Joined Cases C-354/03 C-355/03 C-484/03 [2006] Ch. 218)
  • Storecards (Competition Commission)
  • Consumer Warranties (Competition Commission)
  • Commissioners of Customs & Excise v Anchor Foods Limited [1999] 1 WLR 1139 ChD; [1998] V&DR 32; VAT and Duties Tribunal (T Wallace, Chairman), 27 January 1998, 24 November 1998, 4 May 1999, 27 May 1999, 8 March 2000, 18 July 2000, 25 January 2001, 19 October 2001, 4 July 2002; Divisional Court (Dyson J) 26 June 1998; Chancery Division (Neuberger J) 9 February 1999, 26 February 1999 ([1999] 1 WLR 1139), 20 April 1999, 8 July 1999, 18 October 1999, 21 February 2000, 30 March 2000; Court of Appeal 19 June 2000; House of Lords 24 July 2001
  • Jobsin.co.uk Plc v Department of Health, Collins J, 15 March 2001, Blofeld J, 8-10 May 2001, Court of Appeal (Thorpe, Dyson, Astill LJJ), 11-13 July 2001, [2001] EWCA CIV 1241; [2001] EuLR 685
  • R v Chief Constable ex p. International Traders Ferry [1997] 3 WLR 132, CA; [1999] 2 AC 418 House of Lords
  • Matra v Home Office, Rattee J 31st July 1998, unrep; [1999] 1 WLR 1646, [1999] EuLR 635 (CA)
  • R v MAFF ex p. Quarantine Abolition Fighting Fund, Owen J, the Independent 15 October 1999
  • Cardiff v Welsh Rugby Union; WRU v Swansea; notification of the WRU's rules to the European Commission and to the OFT; Complaint before the European Commission and the OFT 17 March 1998 and 29 July 1998 [1999] EuLR 195.
  • The Three Graces case R v Secretary of State for National Heritage and Trustees of the National Heritage Memorial Fund ex parte John Paul Getty Museum [1997] EuLR 407
  • Edwards v BAF and IAAF [1998] 2 CMLR 363
  • Leyland DAF v Automotive Products plc [1994] 1 BCLC 245 (CA)
  • Talksport v RAJAR

Sport

Adam Lewis has for some time been recognised as the leading expert on sports law at the Bar.  He has appeared in many of the leading cases.   He co-edits the principal textbook, Lewis and Taylor, Sport: Law and Practice, 3rd Edition Bloomsbury Professional 2014. He teaches on the BASL De Montfort Sports Law Course.  He sits as Chair on various sports tribunals.

He has used his experience in the fields of public, EU and competition law to develop the content and application of the law in the context of sport.  

He regularly advises national and international sports governing bodies, clubs and individual competitors, and appears on their behalf before the courts and tribunals (national and the Court of Arbitration for Sport) and regulatory authorities.  He has acted in a vast range of different sports.  His sports law work covers the full range from the legality of governing bodies’ rules and actions to disciplinary and drugs related work to, and from player/club disputes to the commercial exploitation of sport through broadcasting, sponsorship and merchandising.  A list of clients together with older notable cases is set out at the end of this section. 

Current and recent work

His work in the last two years involving sport includes the following:

  • Matthew King v London Marathon Limited (Queen’s Bench Division - current)
    Currently acts for LML in its defence of discrimination proceedings brought against it by former Rugby League Player Matthew King following its conclusion that it was not permissible for him to compete in the London Marathon using a motorised wheelchair.  The trial takes place in February 2014.  
  • Welsh Rugby Union, Welsh Regional Organisations, European Rugby Cup (current)
    Currently acts for the WRU in the context of the relationship between the Union and the Regional Organisations and in the context of the reorganisation of the European cross border club competitions administered by ERC, in the light of the desire of English Clubs represented by Premiership Rugby Limited to create a Rugby Champions Cup instead. The issues include European competition and free movement questions.        
  • Chelsea v Juventus and Livorno (CAS 2013/A 3365, 3366 – current, on appeal from FIFA DRC – 2010-2013); Mutu v Switzerland (European Court of Human Rights – current); Mutu v Chelsea, the FA and FIFA (Complaint to the EU Commission - 2010-2013); Chelsea v Mutu (2005-2010, FAPL Appeal Committee, FIFA DRC, CAS (2005/A/876; 2006/A/1192; 2008/A/1644), Swiss Federal Tribunal); FA v Chelsea (FA Disciplinary Commission)
    Currently acts for Chelsea on Juventus’ and Livorno’s appeals against the FIFA DRC’s decision that as Adrian Mutu’s “new clubs” under the FIFA rules they are jointly responsible for paying to Chelsea the compensation for breach of contract of €17 million that the Player had been ordered to pay by CAS.  Currently also acts for Chelsea in the context of the Player’s proceedings against Switzerland on the basis that the CAS order for compensation infringed his human rights, in which the Club has been given permission to intervene. Acted for Chelsea on the Player’s Complaint to the European Commission that the CAS award against him was in breach of Articles 45, 101 and 102 TFEU on the basis that a transfer system that can create such massive personal liability on breach infringes Competition and Free Movement law. Acted for Chelsea on the original litigation with the Player, in FAPLAC, the FIFA DRC (twice), CAS (three times) and the Swiss Federal Tribunal, which resulted in the order for compensation.    Has also acted for Chelsea in FA proceedings brought against the Club for private drug testing, FA proceedings brought against the Club in relation to Leeds players; advised the Club in the context of Mikel, and acted on its behalf in the Kakuta case before CAS.
  • BBBC v Eddie Hearn (BBBC November 2013 - current)
    Acts for the promoter in the context of a complaint by Frank Warren that he has breached BBBC rules.    
  • I-CAP v Soul Electronics, re Fabregas (current)
    Currently acts for I-CAP in its efforts to recover sums due to it in respect of Cesc Fabregas’ endorsement of earphones manufactured by Soul.  
  • MTC Limited v Sir Bradley Wiggins (Queen’s Bench Division – current)
    Currently acts for cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins in a commercial dispute with an agent.
    Arsenal FC (current)
    Currently acts for Arsenal on an agency dispute.
  • Gibraltar Football Association v FIFA (current); Gibraltar Rugby Football Union v FIRA-AER (current)
    Currently acts for the GFA in its efforts to secure admission as a member of FIFA.  Previously acted for the GFA in its successful CAS proceedings leading to its admission as a member of UEFA (2003-2010).  Also acts for the GRFU in its efforts to secure membership of the European Rugby governing body, FIRA-AER. 
  • Maidstone FC v Football Conference (current)
    Currently acts for Maidstone in its efforts to secure permission to use an artificial pitch should it be promoted to the Conference at the end of the 2013/2014 season.  The issues include competition and restraint of trade questions.
  • Martin Murray v Hatton Promotions Limited (current)
    Acts for the boxer in a management dispute with Hatton Promotions.
  • UK Sport criteria for funding (current)
    Currently advising UK Sport on the revision of its criteria for the funding of athletes.
  • Withholding of player services (current)
    Currently advising on EU competition law in the context of a threat of withholding of player services.
  • Sports Governing Body Disciplinary Processes (current)
    Currently advising a number of sports governing bodies in relation to the structures and practices of disciplinary processes and their compliance with human rights law, following the Court of Appeal decision in Kaur.   
  • R (Leyton Orient FC) v London Legacy Development Corporation and West Ham (Queen’s Bench Division, Administrative Court - September 2013) 
    Appeared for Leyton Orient in the club’s judicial review proceedings challenging the LLDC’s decision not further to consider Leyton Orient for a co-tenancy of the stadium along with West Ham.  Previously acted for Leyton Orient in R (Tottenham Hotspur FC and Leyton Orient FC) v Newham Council, OPLC, Mayor of London, and Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport (High Court Judicial Review – 2011); Leyton Orient FC v Football Association Premier League ( FA Rule K arbitration - current).
  • World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association v Stephen Lee (Sport Resolutions – September 2013)
    Sat as the Sport Resolutions appointed tribunal to hear matchfixing allegations against the snooker player Stephen Lee.   
  • Fenerbahce v UEFA (Court of Arbitration for Sport – August 2013)
    Appeared for UEFA in its defence of the Club’s appeal against exclusion from the Champions League for matchfixing. 
  • Besiktas v UEFA (Court of Arbitration for Sport – August 2013)
    Appeared for UEFA in its defence of the Club’s appeal against exclusion from the Europa League for matchfixing. 
  • FC Metalist v UEFA (Court of Arbitration for Sport – August 2013)
    Advised UEFA in relation to its defence of the Club’s appeal against exclusion from the Europa League for matchfixing.  Also advised UEFA in relation to various satellite proceedings brought by clubs contending that the excluded clubs should have been excluded earlier, allowing the claimant clubs into the competition. 
  • Sky Lantern v BHA and Elusive Kate (British Horseracing Association – July 2013)
    Appeared for Sky Lantern’s interests in BHA proceedings, opposed by Elusive Kate’s interests. 
  • Doncaster Rovers Belles v The FA (FA Arbitration - June 2013)
    Appeared for The FA in defence of a challenge brought to its decision not to include Doncaster Rovers Belles in the highest division for women’s professional football. 
  • UEFA v The FA (UEFA disciplinary proceedings – April 2013)
    Appeared for The FA in defence of disciplinary proceedings brought against it by UEFA over calendar clashes.
  • Japan Olympic Committee and Koji Murofushi v International Olympic Committee (Court of Arbitration for Sport – April 2013)
    Appeared for the JOC and the athlete Koji Murofushi in his CAS appeal against the IOC’s exclusion of him from the IOC Athletes’ Commission for improper campaigning.  The appeal involved fair trial issues as well as an appeal on the facts. 
  • USADA v Armstrong, Bruyneel, Lezema and Marti (AAA - March 2013)
    Appeared for Bruyneel in USADA’s anti-doping proceedings against the remaining defendants after Armstrong chose to withdraw.   
  • FA v Ashley Cole (FA disciplinary proceedings – 2012)
    Acted for Ashley Cole in relation to disciplinary proceedings following a tweet.   
  • Stoke City v Premier League (2012)
    Advised Stoke City in relation to Premier League ground size requirements.
  • Park Promotion Ltd (t/a Pontypool Rugby Football Club) v Welsh Rugby Union Ltd (High Court [2012] EWHC 1919 (QB) - 2012)
    Acted for the Welsh Rugby Union in its successful defence of Pontypool’s High Court challenge to the decision that other clubs and not it should play in the premier division the following season.  A requirement of selection was that a club had an A licence.  If there were more than 10 clubs with A licences then a performance criterion was applied. Pontypool had an A licence but came low on the basis of the performance criterion.  Pontypool did not challenge that, but challenged the grant of A licence to other clubs, reasoning that if they fell away, it would move into their place. The challenge was based in contract and on the Bradley basis for review.  It was held that there was no contractual requirement as between the WRU and a club that the WRU would only license another club strictly adhering to the licensing rules. Rather there was only the obligation under Bradley to act lawfully, rationally and procedurally fairly, which the WRU had. The case is an important development in the setting of the parameters of review of sports governing bodies by the Courts.
  • London Welsh v RFU, Newcastle Falcons intervening (RFU Arbitration - 2012)
    Acted for Newcastle Falcons in the context of London Welsh’s challenge on competition law grounds to the RFU’s refusal to accept its promotion on the basis that it did not have primacy of tenure over its ground.  The rules allowed three exceptions already used up by other clubs, and London Welsh alleged that to limit the exceptions to three was a unnecessary and disproportionate restriction of competition, and therefore unlawful.  Newcastle resisted the challenge along with the RFU, because if London Welsh did not go up, Newcastle stayed up.   
  • Warren v DeGale (BBBC Stewards of Appeal - 2012)
    Acted for the boxer in his dispute with management 
  • Fédération Luxembourgeoise de Boxe v British Board of Boxing Control (High Court - 2012)   Acted for the BBBC in the defence of the High Court competition law challenge alleging that it had acted unlawfully to exclude rival governing bodies from the market by threatening to discipline those involved in the Hayes Chisora bout that was sanctioned by the FLB.  
  • Bin Hammam v FIFA (Court of Arbitration for Sport - 2012)
    Acted for FIFA on Mohamed Bin Hammam’s appeal against his suspension from the administration of international football for bribery in the context of his candidacy for FIFA President.  Bin Hammam denied the charge and alleged that FIFA’s disciplinary process infringed his human rights, in particular his right to a fair trial under Article 6 ECHR. 
  • Fenerbahce v UEFA (Court of Arbitration for Sport - 2012)    
    Acted  for UEFA in its defence of proceedings brought against it by Fenerbahce based on UEFA’s alleged exclusion of Fenerbahce from the European Champions League.   The Club contended that UEFA had acted in breach of competition law by promulgating and applying the rules under which the club had been excluded from the competition when members of board were under criminal investigation for match fixing.       
  • British Olympic Association v World Anti-Doping Agency (Court of Arbitration for Sport - 2012)
    Acted for the BOA in its appeal against WADA’s decision that the BOA’s Bye-Law making deliberate dope cheats ineligible for life for selection for Team GB, was contrary to the WADA Code.  Has regularly advised the BOA on the Bye-Law over the last few years, and regularly advised and appeared on behalf of the BOA in cases involving its application, including recently Dwain Chambers (2008);  Carl Myerscough (2008) and Christine Ohuruogu v BOA (Arbitration Nov 2007).
  • Wright v Deccan Chargers (High Court - 2012)
    Acted for an executive in his dispute with IPL cricket team Deccan Chargers.   

Clients

Recent clients include amongst others: Football: FIFA, UEFA, FA, Premier League, Football League, Gibraltar FA and Wembley Stadium; Liverpool FC, Chelsea FC, Arsenal FC, Newcastle United FC, Fulham FC, Wigan AFC, Sheffield Utd FC, Leyton Orient FC and Juventus, and a number of other clubs; Wayne Rooney, Kolo Toure, Andy Carroll; Nike, IMG, Octagon, Media Partners, various broadcasting rights holders, investors in football registrations, a number of other clubs and a number of other players and agents. Rugby: IRB, Rugby World Cup Limited, Six Nations Committee, Lions Committee, RFU, WRU, the Rugby Football League, Wasps, Saracens, Bristol RFC, Widnes Vikings and Wales and Lions full back Lee Byrne, and a number of other players and coaches. Cricket: ICC, ECB, BCCI, Neo Sports, the holder of the broadcasting rights in India, GCC (holder of broadcasting rights), a number of players, and Kookaburra the equipment manufacturer. Tennis: International Tennis Federation, the Grand Slam Committee, the LTA, the All England Club, Richard Gasquet, Mariano Puerta and a number of other players. Formula One: FOM/FOA, the organisers of the Turkish Grand Prix, and BAR Honda. Athletics/Olympics: the British Olympic Association, the Japanese Olympic Association, UK Athletics, UK Anti-Doping, the former IOC Vice President Kim Un-Yong, and various athletes. Cycling: Alberto Contador, Johan Bruyneel and a number of other riders. Horse Racing: a number of jockeys, racehorses’ interests and a stud farm. Gymnastics: Irina Viner, the Russian coach; and a judge subject to disciplinary proceedings. Boxing: the regulatory authority the BBBC, Joe Calzaghe, Ricky Hatton, Martin Murray and Amir Khan, each world champion at their weight, and various other boxers and promoters. Judo: the BJA and current World Champion and Olympic gold medallist Wen Tong. Swimming: Speedo. Golf: Titleist; various sponsors. Sailing: an America’s Cup team. 

Other cases

  • Rooney v UEFA (UEFA Appeal Body - 2011)
  • WADA and UCI v Alberto Contador (Court of Arbitration for Sport - 2011)
  • R (Tottenham Hotspur FC and Leyton Orient FC) v Newham Council, OPLC, Mayor of London, and Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport (High Court Judicial Review – 2011 - current); Leyton Orient FC v Football Association Premier League ( FA Rule K arbitration - 2011 - current) 
  • Adamu v FIFA (Court of Arbitration for Sport - 2011)
  • ESPL v ECB, ICC, and BCCI (High Court - October 2010)    
  • Michael Harrison v Andy Carroll (FA Rule K arbitration - 2011)
  • FA v Kolo Touré (FA Disciplinary Proceedings - 2011)
  • FA v Queen’s Park Rangers FC (FA Disciplinary Hearing - 2011)
  • British Olympic Association v LOCOG and IOC (Court of Arbitration for Sport - 2011)
  • Wen Tong v IJF (Court of Arbitration for Sport - 2011)
  • Ashton v The Football Association (2011); West Ham v The Football Association (2011)
  • Rio Football Services v Sevilla (Fabiano) (settled before trial in 2011 following High Court hearings in November 2010, September 2010, June 2010 and December 2009)
  • Football Association Mixed Football and other matters (2011)
  • Olympics Sponsor v LOCOG (2011)
  • Golfer’s relationship with manager (2011)
  • FA Premier League (April 2011)
  • Amir Khan (April 2011)
  • UK Anti-Doping (2011)
  • United Kingdom Athletics (2011)
  • ITF v WTA (2011)
  • Manager v Club (2011)
  • Premier League Club shareholder (2011)
  • London 2012 Olympics Tickets (2010 – 2012)
  • Gambling Commission (2010)
  • Sporting just cause in football (2010) 
  • Rugby World Cup Limited 2011, 2007, 2003 and 1999
  • Gibraltar Football Association v UEFA (Court of Arbitration for Sport 2003 - 2010)
  • RFU v Wasps (RFU disciplinary November 2010)
  • Hi Media Ltd v FA Premier League (July 2010)
  • RFU v Venter and Brits (RFU May 2010)
  • Appiah v Fenerbahce  (CAS 2009/A/1856, April 2010)
  • Devyatovskiy and Tsikhan v IOC (CAS 2009/A/1752, 2010)
  • Chelsea Football Club v RC Lens and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (Kakuta) (CAS 2009/A/1976, February 2010)
  • Lee Byrne v ERC (ERC Appeal Committee, February 2010) 
  • Football Agent v The Football Association (FA Rule K arbitration, February 2010)
  • Wasps v Premier Rugby Limited (PRL Appeal Committee, December 2009)
  • International Tennis Federation v Richard Gasquet (ITF Tribunal, Tim Kerr QC chairing, 29-30 June, 15 July 2009; 10 November 2009, Court of Arbitration for Sport, CAS 2009/A/1926, Award December 2009)
  • British Broadcasting Corporation Worldwide v UK Athletics (High Court, Nov 2009)
  • Cardiff Blues, Llanelli Scarlets, Neath Swansea Ospreys and Newport Dragons v Welsh Rugby Union (High Court, September 2009)
  • Wembley v Sporting Events Worldwide Ltd (2009 High Court action, settled)
  • Sports Network v Joe Calzaghe (17 June 2009 Court of Appeal )
  • Sheffield United v West Ham (FA Rule K arbitration, Lord Griffiths chairing, 2007-2009; Commercial Court Teare J 10 November 2008 [2008] EWHC 2855 (Comm))
  • Stretford v FA [2006] EWHC 479 (Ch); [2007] EWCA Civ 238 (CA) FA Rule K Arbitration, FA Regulatory Commission, FA Appeal Commission 2006-2009)
  • Dwain Chambers v British Olympic Association (Queens Bench Division, Mackay J, 9, 17 and 18 July 2008) [2008] EWHC 2028 (QB)
  • Greater Manchester Police v Wigan AFC (Chancery Division, Mann J 8-19 October 2007, 10 March 2008) [2007] EWHC 3095 (Ch); Court of Appeal 11 November 2008, 19 December 2008 [2008] EWCA Civ 1449
  • Leeds v The Football League (arbitration Sir Philip Otton, Peter Leaver QC, Peter Cadman) (2008)
  • Neo v Star (2008)
  • Carl Myerscough v BOA (2008)
  • Sheffield United v FAPL (arbitration, Commercial Court, 2007)
  • Christine Ohuruogu v BOA (Arbitration November 2007)
  • Sankofa and Charlton v FA (Commercial Court, Simon J 2007)
  • Coach A v UK Athletics (SDRP) (2007)
  • International Sports Investment v International Rugby Board (Chancery Div 2007)
  • Rugby Football Union v Westminster Hospitality and Events Ltd (Chancery Div 2007);
  • Rugby Football Union v Eventco (Chancery Div 2007)
  • Newcastle United Football Club v FA and FIFA (Michael Owen) (2007)
  • Adidas v International Tennis Federation [2006] EWHC 1318 (Chancery Div)
  • Sports Network, Frank Warren v Ricky Hatton (QB Division) (2005-2006)
  • ITF v Puerta (ITF Disciplinary Panel, CAS) CAS 2006/A/1025; I.S.L.R. 2006, 4(NOV), SLR149-174
  • FIFA v Liverpool FC; FA v Liverpool FC (2006) (FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber, FA Disciplinary Commission)
  • Ashley Cole (OFT) (2005)
  • Juventus
  • Turkish Grand Prix, US Grand Prix
  • Football Association v Fulham FC
  • Myerscough v British Olympic Association (2004)
  • Wimbledon FC v the Football League
  • Newcastle v Football Association of Wales
  • Olympique Lyonnais v Al Fayed and Fulham, High Court Burnton J, 4 March 2003
  • Graham Bradley v Jockey Club [2003] I.S.L.R SLR-71
  • Aberavon v Welsh Rugby Union (2002)
  • Ynysybwl v Welsh Rugby Union (2002)
  • Wimbledon v Birmingham
  • Fulham v Valencia
  • Patrick Vieira
  • Yaya Toure
  • De Lucas
  • Camara
  • Dennis Roach v Football Association (2002)
  • Football Association v Club D
  • Metro Sports v Football Association
  • CSI Octagon
  • Scott & Jones v Football Conference (High Court 2002)
  • MTV v Formula One Management
  • Phoenix v FIA, Formula One Management and Formula One Administration Morritt VC (22 May 2002)
  • Sunderland AFC v Uruguay Montevideo, Blofeld J (March 2001)
  • Economist v Formula One Management
  • Moodie v Honda Motorcycle Racing
  • Sporting Exchange v Levy Board
  • Jockeys' Association of Great Britain
  • Pothas v ECB
  • Cairns v ECB
  • Global Cricket Corporation v ICC
  • Global Cricket Corporation v SET
  • Global v Buena Vista
  • Lions Committee 2001 tour
  • Grand Slam Committee
  • All England Lawn Tennis Club v X
  • ITF v B
  • RPT v Lawn Tennis Association
  • Lawn Tennis Association v A
  • IMG
  • Vivien Saunders v St Andrew's
  • Alain Baxter v IOC
  • Walker v UKA, IAAF; IAAF v UKA (Toulson J, 3 July 2000, Hallett J, 25 July 2000)
  • Cardiff RFC v Welsh Rugby Union, Buckley J, 17th March 1998; Eady J, 29th July 1998 [1999] EuLR 195
  • Edwards v BAF and IAAF [1998] 2 CMLR 363
  • Hospitality Group v the Football Association, Scott VC (High Court 1996)

Other relevant experience

Publications:                                   

Lewis and Taylor, Sport: Law and Practice, 3rd edition, Bloomsbury Professional 2014, the principal UK sports law text.

Lecturing:

British Association for Sport and the Law and De Montfort University Sports Law course.

Regularly speaks at conferences. 

Other Information:

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