12KBW’s Sports Law Team is hosting a series of hybrid events available to attend online or in-person.

Talks will cover Challenging Sports Arbitration Awards, Equine Claims and Safeguarding Athletes.

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

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.


Time Talk Information
Wednesday 17th April 2024 | 4.45pm-6pm followed by drinks

Challenging Sports Arbitration Awards

This talk will look at how sports arbitration awards can be effectively challenged. We will consider the provisions of the Arbitration Act 1996 on domestic decisions, appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), and referrals from CAS to the Swiss Federal Tribunal.

Dr David Sharpe KC, Spencer Turner and Jake Loomes


Wednesday 8th May 2024 | 4.45pm-6pm followed by drinks

Equine Sports Injuries: on and off the track, home and away. How to successfully bring and defend claims brought by riders, grooms, spectators and owners.

The talk will look at, inter alia, military riders, professional riders competing domestically and internationally: show jumping, cross-country, 3-day events, polo, team chasing, point to pointing, racing as well as injuries on the hunting field and in riding schools / on organised fun rides both at home and abroad.

Cressida Mawdesley-Thomas and Ted Cunningham 

Wednesday 3rd July | 4.45pm-6pm followed by drinks

Safeguarding athletes – lessons from the British Gymnastics and Swim England reviews

In this talk, Megan Griffiths will look at what led British Gymnastics and Swim England to separately commission independent reviews into safeguarding failures within their institutions, what the reviews concluded, what steps they have taken in response to the reviews’ findings and what wider lessons can be learned from them.

Megan Griffiths

Dr David Sharpe KC

With a unique blend of expertise in medicine and law, Dr David Sharpe KC is a distinguished barrister who has established an exceptional career in sports law. His extensive experience and knowledge in the medical field, coupled with an impressive array of sports-related roles and accomplishments, sets him apart as a leading authority in the field.

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Spencer Turner

Spencer specialises in sports disputes, personal injury, clinical negligence, international and travel law, industrial disease, information law, and group litigation. He is regularly instructed in complex and high-profile matters for claimants and defendants, both as led and as sole counsel across all of his core practice areas and before a range of different courts and tribunals. He is a sought-after junior barrister who is often praised for his diligence, excellent client care, strong advocacy and ability to work well in teams.

The legal directories recognise Spencer’s expertise across a broad range of practice areas where he is ranked as a ‘rising star’ or ‘up and coming’ in personal injury, industrial disease, insurance fraud, international personal injury, clinical negligence and sports law. They variously describe him as “great” with “impressive advocacy”, “already having developed a practice that exceeds his seniority”, “absolutely superb”, and “thorough, professional and well-liked by clients”.

Spencer’s sports disputes practice sees him regularly instructed on behalf of sports governing bodies, players/athletes, clubs, coaches and agents across the full range of sports matters. His personal injury, clinical negligence, industrial disease and travel work involves cases of the utmost severity, and he has experience of large-scale litigation, being led, and acting as sole counsel.

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Jake Loomes

Jake has a wide array of previous academic and practical experience with sports and related legal issues. He graduated top in his class in his sport and the law module in which he wrote variously on issues such as anti-doping, CAS, the effectiveness of sport national governing bodies, and the legal ramifications of injuries caused in competitive sport. As the former student vice president for sport at his university, he has practical experience with dealing with sport logistic contracts, sponsorship, and disciplinary procedures for student athletes.

He is a keen sportsman himself having played most sports including, amongst others, rowing, running, hockey, rugby, football, golf, cycling and climbing. As a former climbing and activities instructor he also has practical experience of the interplay between coaching sports and health and safety procedures.

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Ted Cunningham

Ted accepts instructions across all of 12KBW’s core areas. He specialises in personal injury, fundamental dishonesty, fatal accidents, sports law, costs and inquests.

Ted is an extremely experienced advocate and continues to appear in Court multiple times a week. In addition to a busy Court diary, Ted’s paperwork practice includes advising and pleading in high value claims for both Claimants and Defendants in both the County and High Court.

Away from Chambers, Ted has had several articles published in national newspapers, presented his own radio shows and volunteered both abroad and in the UK with human rights and legal charities.

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Cressida Mawdesley-Thomas

Cressida specialises in all aspects of Personal Injury law. She has a thorough and collaborative approach and is recognised by The Legal 500 as a Rising Star who “has already amassed an extremely impressive caseload, far beyond that of many barristers much more senior”.

In disease litigation Cressida acts for Claimants suffering from mesothelioma, lung cancer, diffuse pleural thickening and asbestosis. She is also experienced in VWF/ HAVS claims. She regularly appears in the Masters’ corridor and is well versed in limitation arguments and complex issues of causation. As second junior in Mather v MOD she helped obtain a settlement of over £3 million for a former RAF painter & finisher who developed MS following exposure to organic solvents in breach of the COSHH Regulations.

Cressida has particular interest in equine claims brought under The Animals Act 1971.  She is currently junior counsel in a high value, complex CRPS claim following a military riding accident. Cressida is adept at drafting schedules of loss in cases involving the loss of a military career.

In clinical negligence Cressida has experience in a range of different cases, including delayed diagnosis, as well as unnecessary and negligent surgery. This compliments her coronial practice where she is instructed in inquests involving multiple expert jurisdictions. She successfully obtained a regulation 28 prevention of future death report in a case arising out of the police’s treatment of head injuries and questioned experts in pathology, neuropathology, and toxicology.

Cressida is adept at handling complex motor insurance indemnity points. She successfully acted as Junior Counsel for the Second Defendant in Covea Insurance Plc v Greenaway [2021] 3 WLUK 379, considering the meaning of the ‘stolen or unlawfully taken’ exception under s. 151 of the Road Traffic Act 1988Greenaway was the first case to practically consider how the domestic court is to interpret retained EU law under section 6(3) of the EU Withdrawal Act 2018. Unled she successfully acted for the Second Defendant in Kelec v (1) Kotwal (2) Nelson Insurance (HHJ Dight CBE, central London County Court, 18 August 2022). The case concerned the limits of a direct action under The European Communities (Rights against Insurers) Regulations 2002 (‘the 2002 Regulations’).

Cressida acts and advises in costs litigation, including detailed assessment hearings, where she is an effective advocate. She co-edits 12 King’s Bench Walk’s Costs blog with Deputy Costs Judge Andrew Roy.

Prior to coming to the Bar Cressida worked at a top American investment bank. She is highly numerate and drafts living and fatal schedules of loss beyond her year of call.

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Megan Griffiths

Megan is a member of chambers’ sports law group and sits on the Steering Committee. Whilst she cannot pretend to be much of an athlete herself, she is keen to develop her sports law practice by transferring her expertise in general personal injury and abuse work. She has previously advised claimants with amateur sporting injuries in gymnastics and football and was recently involved in the rugby dementia litigation.

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