Overview

Jonathan is one of the world’s leading sports lawyers, advising nationally and internationally on cutting-edge commercial, regulatory and contentious issues across all major sports.

Jonathan is co-head of our Sport Group, based in London.

He advises a wide range of sports bodies (including international and national governing bodies, public agencies, event organisers, leagues, clubs, and their commercial partners and agents) on commercial matters such as the exploitation of broadcasting and sponsorship rights, contentious matters including challenges to regulatory decisions, commercial disputes, and regulatory and disciplinary issues (including in particular match-sanctioning, match-fixing and doping issues).

Jonathan is an experienced advocate, appearing regularly before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, as well as a range of internal sports tribunals. In recognition of his excellence as an advocate, he was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2017.

In 2016, Jonathan chaired the WADA Independent Observer team that served at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and in December 2016 he was appointed chair of 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.

Jon is also a member of the British Horseracing Authority’s Ethics Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Working Group on Legal Matters.

Holding both UK and US law degrees, Jonathan originally qualified and practised as a commercial lawyer in New York, before moving back to the UK in 1997, since when he has focused exclusively on advising sports sector clients.

Alongside his practice, Jonathan is co-editor (with Adam Lewis QC) of the leading UK sports law text, Sport: Law and Practice (3rd Edn 2014). He was 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. 

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Lawyer Testimonials
  1. Clients say: 'He is a great litigator, great at analysing the commercial dynamics of a matter, and he also gives a real view you can rely on where others might sit on the fence.'

    Chambers and Partners UK 2018
  2. Group head Jonathan Taylor, who has experience in high-profile arbitration and regulatory work across a variety of sports, is noted for his ‘approachability and preparedness’.

    Legal 500 UK 2017
  3. “He understands the interrelationship between the commercial and legal aspects...a star individual – he is doing it at a different level to other people.”

    Chambers and Partners UK 2014