Sports Law

Sports Law

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Louis Weston and Robin Leach are recognised for their expertise by the Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2017.

Sport - London (Bar) - Band 1

Louis Weston of 3PB Barristers 
Manages a blossoming sports practice and has key knowledge of match-fixing cases. He receives instructions relating to snooker, motor racing and horse racing.
"An excellent barrister in all respects. He is extremely bright and has a keen analytical mind." "He has a great sense of humour in front of panels, but he still takes the work seriously."
Recent work:
Acted for the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association to prosecute match-fixing allegations against an amateur snooker player. 

Sport - The Regions (Bar) - Band 1

Robin Leach of 3PB Barristers
Recognised as a leading junior in horse racing disputes who gets frequent appointments from the Jockey Club, BHA and HRA. Has recently represented jockeys in high-profile matters involving accusations of corruption.

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Legal 500 Bar Directory – Rankings For 2015
Recommendations and Quotes


Sport – Leading juniors
Robin Leach - Recommended for representing jockeys and trainers in disciplinary matters.
Louis Weston - He is outstanding and has a very good understanding of the sports market.

Legal 500 Bar Directory – Rankings for 2014
Recommendations and Quotes

Robin Leach - 3PB ‘His passion for horse racing supports his determination to do a proper job.’
Louis Weston - 3PB ‘He has a notable sports regulatory practice.’ and ‘Respected by all and a pleasure to work with.'

3PB’s dedicated Sports Law Group has an exceptional reputation for its knowledge of this sector and service standards, with members consistently recognised in both Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 Directories for their expertise.

Our barristers act for regulatory/governing bodies, sportsmen and women, clubs and teams, as well as others involved in the world of sport, including coaches and managers.

Members of the Sports Law Group have expertise in a range of legal issues, including:

  • Sports regulation and discipline including advising on the rules of governing bodies, licensing issues, and appearing at disciplinary hearings and other proceedings;
  • Selection criteria for national teams and the Olympics;
  • Doping and drug use in sport, including the World Anti-Doping Agency regulations;
  • Corruption in sport including breaches of the criminal law and issues engaging the Gambling Act;
  • Contract, commercial and other disputes arising in a sports context including in relation to funding, the sale and training of racehorses, disputes between regulators, between clubs and regulators, and between players and clubs;
  • Intellectual Property matters in sport, including all aspects of copyright (and notably broadcast rights), trade marks, designs, passing off, database rights and breach of confidence/privacy actions;
  • Employment issues, for example in relation to contracts between coaches and clubs;
  • Negligence liability for sporting injuries including accidents in the course of sport or recreational activities;
  • Ancillary sporting issues including firearms licensing and equine-related disputes for example where the Sales of Goods Act 1979 is engaged, and allegations of professional negligence against veterinary surgeons.
    Of our members:

Louis Weston, Head of the Sports Law Group, is a widely experienced advocate in sports law and is regularly instructed in complex corruption cases by the British Horseracing Authority and the Greyhound Board of Great Britain.  He has acted for sports governing bodies and for sportsmen, including in funding cases and regularly advises and acts in bloodstock and racing disputes. Louis is consistently referred to as a leading junior in sports law by both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 Directories.

Robin Leach is also ranked as a leading junior by the Directories and enjoys an enviable reputation within the horse racing world.

Michael Vere-Hodge QC has advised numerous governing bodies in relation to selection criteria for national teams and governance generally and is an equally highly regarded sports law barrister.

Nicholas Cotter regularly appears before regulatory tribunals and has a particular specialisation in anti-doping cases and is well known for both his sports law and criminal law practice.

Victoria Jones is an IP specialist who is recommended by the Directories.  Having previously worked at boutique IP practice, Wiggin LLP,  Victoria has extensive experience in sports law IP litigation. She recently acted for a Premier League Football Club in High Court proceedings and regularly advises and represents clients in relation to matters involving brand/rights protection and in particular, the exploitation of such rights on the Internet.

Susan Jones is the newest member of the Group who is quickly building expertise, particularly in regulatory matters, including undertaking a secondment at the BHA.

All members of the Sports Law Group are members of the British Association of Sports and Law (BASL).

Appropriately qualified members of the Sports Law Group accept instructions on a Direct Access basis in appropriate cases.