12KBW’s barristers have significant experience in sports law at all levels of seniority and our silks and juniors regularly appear in courts and specialist tribunals both domestically and internationally across the full range of sports law matters. 

Members of our sports law team boast experience in doping, selection disputes, safeguarding, disciplinary, commercial, personal injury and clinical negligence issues in sport. We are frequently instructed in high profile cases and have experience of acting for governing bodies, athletes, clubs, agents, insurers and other commercial bodies in almost every major sport, including rugby union, rugby league, football, cricket, badminton, baseball, skiing, sailing, diving, wrestling, climbing, canoeing, cycling, triathlon, golf, athletics, and equestrianism.

Members are also experienced in dealing with non-contentious issues in sport and are able to assist with selection, disciplinary, safeguarding and anti-doping policies. Our barristers also sit as mediators and panellists in many domestic and international tribunals.

As one of the leading personal injury sets at the Bar, we regularly act in the most serious and high-profile personal injury and clinical negligence claims in sport. Numerous members of chambers are acting in litigation involving alleged neurodegenerative injuries caused by the repeated concussions and sub-concussions in both football and rugby football league. Our team also has significant experience in acting for both claimants and defendants in high-value loss of earnings and loss of a chance claims arising out of sporting injuries. Our team has acted in claims of missed diagnoses of cardiac defects in sports men and women, including the notable case of Hamed v Mills & Tottenham Hotspur Football Club [2015] EWHC 298 (QB). We specialise in road cycling accidents, advising both claimants and defendants on issues relating to contributory negligence, and defective products. We also have extensive experience in historic sexual abuse claims involving sports clubs.

Many members of the team are recognised in the legal directories for their expertise in cross-border litigation, making us particularly well placed to deal with sporting claims which involve an international element.

Our sports law offering draws on our considerable expertise in the fields of personal injury, international, product liability, insurance, clinical negligence, abuse, employment, and contractual disputes. Combined with our in-depth knowledge of the sports law industry, our barristers are ideally placed to undertake work in this field.