"Monckton Chambers is recognised for its expertise in sports law and related commercial EU law"
Monckton Chambers has considerable expertise in the field of pure sports law and vast experience in the fields of overlap between sports law and all aspects of commercial EU law, most notably competition law, freedom of movement and cross-border trading.
Particular aspects of sports law covered include: disciplinary procedures and hearings, broadcasting, transfers, regulatory oversight, licensing, dominance of governing bodies, breakaway leagues, ground and TV advertising, kit supply and markings, corporate hospitality, new competition entrants, 'home grown' player requirements, doping and doping sanctions, corporate governance, discrimination between participants, brand advertising, kit and equipment rules, valuation of rights, passing off, ticketing, data rights, undue influence, duress, agency and much more.
This experience sees members making regular appearances in all manner of specialist sports courts and tribunals, including: FA arbitrations and disciplinary hearings; Premier League disciplinary tribunals and arbitrations; 6 Nations disciplinary tribunals; the Court of Arbitration for Sport; the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber; the Sports Dispute Resolution Panel; and the FIA International Court of Appeal; and so on.
We also have unparalleled experience in sports disputes before the European Court of Justice, the Court of First Instance, the European Commission, the Competition Appeal Tribunal and the Competition Commission, as well as litigating regularly in the High Court and above.
Notable cases include (please click on the links for details):
- Brennan v Health Professionals Council (Administrative Court)
- RBS v Hicks & Gillett (High Court)
- Bookmakers Afternoon Greyhound Services Ltd & Others v Amalgamated Racing Ltd & Others (Court of Appeal)
- Ferrari and Others v Federation Internationale de l'Automobile and Brawn GP (FIA Court of Appeal)
- Football Association Premier League Limited and Others v QC Leisure (A Trading Name) and Others (High Court)
- Lewis Hamilton v Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA, Court of Appeal)
- Sheffield United FC v West Ham United FC (London Court of International Arbitration)
- British Amateur Weightlifters Association (Court of Arbitration for Sport)
- Mauro Bergamasco v Carlo Del Fava (6 Nations Disciplinary)
- Gabriel Heinze v Manchester United FC (Premier League Tribunal)
- Attheraces Ltd v The British Horseracing Board Ltd (Court of Appeal)
- Adidas v ITF & others (High Court)
- Andrew Hall and others v England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB Appeal Hearing)
- Jon Obi Mikel & Chelsea v Manchester United FC (FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber)
- Manchester City FC v Joe Royle (Court of Appeal)
- R (TVDanmark 1 Ltd) v Independent Television Commission (House of Lords)
Other recent sports disputes include: the Indian Premier League (cricket), SuperAguri (motor racing), MSM Singapore (cricket broadcasting), rugby league salary cap, Westminster Hospitality (rugby union), Shand and Others (swimming).
Members of Monckton Chambers belong to the British Association of Sport and the Law (BASL), of which one member is currently Deputy Chairman.