Joseph Giret QC
Joseph Giret QC’s concentration on Sports Law stems from a lifetime of involvement in sporting activities at all levels, from gaining three England Junior Rugby Union caps and making the British Junior Decathlon Squad during his teenage years, to competing in the Haute Route Challenge in 2012 – a 700km cycling event through the Alps – which he raised money for Parkinsons UK; a charity close to his heart.
Joseph prides himself on his thorough preparation, eye for detail and the commitment to each individual case. He is well qualified to represent athletes in all sports and situations, and understands the stakes are often unimaginably high.
Joseph undertakes advisory work and specialist advocacy in all aspects of sports litigation, with a particular interest on cases involving accusations of doping, contractual disputes and disciplinary proceedings.
He is particularly adept at representation in sporting body tribunals on behalf of athletes, where alleged on field indiscretions and off field doping issues. These areas of Sport Law require the very best of analytic skills, testing of the allegations, and client case presentation from a position of real knowledge and understanding. As Queen’s Counsel, Joseph is readily able to offer such expertise.
He has successfully represented an Elite British Lions rugby player accused of committing GBH on a fellow player during a game. He was acquitted on all charges by a jury in Crown Court proceedings and was as a result enabled to carry on with his career in Elite rugby with an unblemished reputation.
Non-contentious work includes advising lawyers, sports clubs and individuals on the subject of Equality and Diversity, in addition to providing assistance in obtaining the necessary standards to enable continued funding through the Club Mark regime.
Outside of his work as a barrister, Joseph has been an avid campaigner for Parkinsons UK, and has completed a number of high profile cycling events on behalf of the Charity.
During 2012 Joseph wore the Parkinsons colours at five separate events in Europe, culminating with the Haute Route and Alpine Challenges during the late summer. The charity is close to Joseph’s heart, and a cause he is genuinely proud to represent. Training for these events while performing the duties of a full time QC has been no mean feat for Joseph, and has required tremendous determination and on-going discipline. The Haute Route Challenge which covered a distance of over 700km could easily be considered the peak of Joseph’s cycling achievements during 2012, but the level of support gained throughout, both behind the scenes from Parkinsons and from the individuals that sponsored Joseph was phenomenal.