1. Why did you choose to specialise in sports law?
I love the area. I am probably one of the few sports lawyers out there who was attracted first by the “law” rather than the “sport.”
I am fascinated by areas of law where private law and public law collide, particularly in disputes which have an international element. Sports law is the ultimate collision zone. You have a jurisdiction based on express and implied terms, many of which are implied from public law. EU law has been a key force in increasing scrutiny of decisions. International codes, such as WADA have been hugely influential. Elite sport is an international business.
I also practice in equality law. Increasingly sports people are seeking to use equality law arguments in sports disputes. There can often be a subtle balance between establishing a level playing field and avoiding the creation of particular disadvantage to those with protected characteristics.
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