As head of our Sport Group in London, I advise governing bodies, event organisers and others active in the sector and all major sports on a range of commercial, regulatory and contentious issues.

I advise the widest range of sports bodies, from international and national governing bodies to leagues, clubs, and their commercial partners on matters including broadcasting and sponsorship rights, challenges to regulatory decisions, commercial disputes, and regulatory and disciplinary issues including match-sanctioning, match-fixing and doping.

I am an experienced advocate, appearing regularly before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, as well as a range of internal sports tribunals. I was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2017.

In 2016, I chaired the World Anti-Doping Agency's Independent Observer team at the Rio Olympics

Since 2017, I have chaired WADA's Compliance Review Committee, an independent Standing Committee that reports to WADA's ExCo and Foundation Board on issues relating to Code compliance by Signatories.

Alongside my practice, I am co-editor (with Adam Lewis QC) of the leading UK sports law text, Sport: Law and Practice (3rd Edition 2014). I was also a tutor at University College, Oxford (Tort Law and Administrative Law) in 1992/93 and Director of Studies in Sports Law at King's College, London from 2000 to 2007.

I hold both UK and US law degrees and originally qualified and practised as a commercial lawyer in New York before moving back to the UK in 1997. Since that time I've focused exclusively on advising sports clients.

  • Bringing spot-fixing charges on behalf of the International Cricket Council under its Anti-Corruption Code against Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif, and Mohammad Amir.
  • Bringing drugs charges on behalf of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) under its Tennis Anti-Doping Programme against Marin Cilic, Viktor Troicki, Maria Sharapova and others.
  • Defending the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in proceedings brought before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) by Caster Semenya, challenging the legality of the IAAF's regulations on Eligibility for the Female Classification (Athletes with Differences in Sex Development).
  • Defending the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in proceedings brought at the CAS by the Russian Paralympic Committee, challenging the IPC's ban of the Russian Paralympic team from the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.
Education
  • University College, Oxford, BA in Jurisprudence (1st Class Honors) (1986-89)
  • University of Virginia, LLM (1990)
Admissions
  • The Law Society of England & Wales in 1997
  • State Bar of New York, USA in 1991