Foremost Sports Law Barrister

Jim’s experience in Sports Law has earned him the label of “leader in the field”, with The Legal 500 describing him as “one of the most trusted silks for sports work”. He is the first choice for clients when it comes to choosing a top sports lawyer, and he has appeared before FAPL, English FA, Welsh FA., Scottish Premier League, UEFA and FIFA disciplinary tribunals.

Manchester United v. Arsenal

Appeared for Prosecution Acted for the FA in proceedings against Arsenal F.C., Patrick Viera, Martin Keown, Lauren, Ray Parlour, Ryan Giggs and Christiano Ronaldo arising out of an incident at the end of the Premiership match.

Graham Souness

Appeared for Prosecution. Misconduct charges arising out of incident in Blackburn v Wigan match. Acted for the FA.

Dennis Bergkamp

Appeared for Prosecution. Misconduct charges arising out of the Arsenal v Spurs Premiership game. Acted for the FA.

Roy Keane

Appeared for Prosecution. Misconduct charges arising out of his autobiography and a tackle on Alf Inge Haaland. Acted for the FA. On whichever side you appear, you certainly don’t want to be against, Jim. Roy Keane attests to that, writing in Chapter One of his recent biography: …The FA has a murder lawyer. A big [...]

Joe Cole

Appeared for Defence Misconduct charges arising out of West Ham v Bolton Premiership game.

Steve Evans

Appeared for Defence Acted in the appeal of the Boston United manager after findings of guilt on various financial irregularities.

Carlo Cudiccini

Appeared for Defence Appeal against sending off in a Premiership game against Middlesborough.

Mauricio Taricco

Appeared for Defence Charge of violent conduct arising out of Spurs v Chelsea Worthington Cup match.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Appeared for Defence Charge of violent conduct based on “video evidence” arising out of Premiership game against Southampton.

Frank Leboeuf

Appeared for Defence Charges arising out of sending off in Premiership game against Leeds and alleged “stamp” on Harry Kerwell.

Celestine Babayaro

Appeared for Defence Alleged “stamp” on F. Ljunberg of Arsenal in Premiership game

Chelsea FC v. Sheffield Wednesday

Appeared for Defence Alleged “mass confrontation” at end of Premiership game.

FA v Dennis Wise

Appeared for Defence Incident in tunnel after Premiership game against Wimbledon that led to misconduct charges.

Graeme le Saux

Appeared for Defence in relation to a charge of misconduct arising out of incident with Robbie Fowler at Stamford Bridge in Chelsea v Liverpool game.

Joe Kinnear

Represented NUFC manager on misconduct charge. Acquitted.

FIFA v. Rajkovic

Acted for Chelsea Football Club in support of the appeal lodged by the player Rajkovic before FIFA appealing against a one year ban from all football for spitting at a referee in the Olympic Soccer tournament. The appeal was upheld in part.

Mowergate: FA v. CFC and Manchester United

Acted for CFC in the “Mowergate” case defending a groundsman charged with racially abusing the Manchester United player Patrice Evra. The groundsman was exonerated of the racism allegation.

Wimbledon AFC

Acted for Wimbledon AFC Re points deducted for fielding a player without an ITC.

Emre Belozoglu

Acquitted of a racism allegation Carlos Tevez Acted for West Ham United FC in FAPL disciplinary proceedings.

Sergei Rebrov v. Tottenham Hotspur FC

Acted for Tottenham Hotspur FC in relation to Sergei Rebrov’s disputed contractual claim before The FA Premier League Committee.

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