Adam Lewis is widely recognised as the leading sports lawyer at the Bar. Although focused primarily on sports law, he has a wide-ranging practice that also encompasses arbitration, public & regulatory, civil liberties and professional discipline.

After call Adam Lewis worked for a US firm in Washington DC and in 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. 

At the Bar he has worked as part of a team and as lead counsel on many public and administrative and EU and competition law cases, and has developed a specialism in sport based on that practice.  In December 2013, Adam Lewis 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.

Adam Lewis is recognised by both of the main independent legal directories as the leading sports law counsel at the Bar.

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Sport

Adam Lewis has for some time been recognised as the leading expert on sports law at the Bar, and is ranked as the only Star Individual in this area by Chambers UK 2021.  He has acted in many of the leading cases. He co-edits the principal textbook, Lewis and Taylor, Sport: Law and Practice, 4th Edition Bloomsbury Professional 2021 and in 2016 also published Lewis, Taylor, De Marco and Segan, Challenging Sports Gocerning Bodies, Bloomsbury Professional. He teaches on the BASL De Montfort Sports Law Course. He regularly sits as Chair on various sports tribunals, and as an arbitrator in a wide range of sports matters.

He served in 2017 and 2018 as the Chair of the Independent Review of Integrity in Tennis, leading a panel comprising Beth Wilkinson, a former US Attorney and trial lawyer, and Marc Henzelin, a Swiss trial lawyer and judge. In 2019 and 2020 he undertook an independent internal investigation in relation to a sports governing body’s actions and processes in dealing with a potential breach of its rules by staff.

He has used his experience in the fields of Arbitration, Civil Liberties and Human Rights, EU and Competition, and Public and Regulatory, 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 acts 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 for both regulators and participants. 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.

Particular cases in the last three years include:

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Arbitration

Adam Lewis frequently appears before arbitrations and sits as an arbitrator and Chair of disciplinary tribunals, chiefly in the context of Sport. He appears regularly before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne and Shanghai, and before domestic arbitral tribunals. He sits as an FA Rule K arbitrator and as a Sport Resolutions arbitrator.  

He served in 2017 and 2018 as the Chair of the Independent Review of Integrity in Tennis, leading a panel comprising Beth Wilkinson, a former US Attorney and trial lawyer, and Marc Henzelin, a Swiss trial lawyer and judge. In 2019 and 2020 he undertook an independent internal investigation in relation to a sports governing body’s actions and processes in dealing with a potential breach of its rules by staff.

He is a contributor to Arbitration in England, Julian Lew et al, 2013 Wolters Kluwer, and was previously an editor of the Arbitration section in Halsbury’s Laws.      

He has been involved in a number of cases in the last three years testing the parameters of arbitration, including:

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EU & Competition

Adam Lewis’ practice covers both EU and domestic Competition law including anti-competitive practices, mergers, the state aid rules, free movement, public procurement, VAT and trade and customs law, and the application of sector-specific EU legislation. He has in particular been involved in a large number of recent cases where complainants have sought to use the competition law rules as a basis for challenge to sports governing bodies’ regulatory rules and actions.   

Adam Lewis began to develop his EU and Competition law specialism 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 Competition and EU law practice and a Brussels office. In 1991 and 1992 he worked for the European Commission in the Cabinet of the European Commissioner responsible for Competition and Financial Institutions. Thereafter he was based in Brussels, working exclusively on competition and EU law related matters in a firm that is now merged with White & Case.

Particular cases in the last three years include:

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Public & Regulatory

Adam Lewis 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.  

Particular cases in the last three years include:

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Adam Lewis regularly deals with issues involving Civil Liberties and Human Rights in the context of his EU and Competition, Public and Regulatory, and Sport law practice. In particular he has frequently had to address fair trial rights in a wide range of public law matters, both for and against public bodies.  

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Professional Discipline

Adam Lewis regularly acts in Professional Discipline matters. Examples of his recent work in this area can be found below.

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Achievements

Publications

  • Lewis and Taylor, Sport: Law and Practice, 3rd edition 2014 Bloomsbury Professional, the principal UK sports law text. 
  • Sports arbitration chapter in Arbitration in England, Julian Lew et al, 2013 Wolters Kluwer. 

Lecturing

  • British Association for Sport and the Law and De Montfort University Sports Law course.  
  • Regularly speaks at conferences. 

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