Our sports injury and professional negligence law group continues to lead in this growing area of work, advising and acting for professional sports men and women, insurers, clinical and veterinary practitioners and their defence organisations, match officials, clubs, event organisers / promoters, schools, sports associations and governing bodies in disputes involving all of the major sports, including professional football, rugby, athletics, horse racing, equestrianism, motor sports, golf, boxing, cycling, snooker and numerous other areas.
Sports injury disputes frequently arise following intentional or reckless challenges, or negligent conduct during treatment. These disputes are often in relation to indemnity for career-ending injuries. The associated quantum calculations which follow can prove to be very substantial given the profile of the sport and talent level of the sportsperson and the value of their reputation / image.
Members were involved in the landmark Michael Watson case which changed the way the British Boxing Board of Control handled medical emergencies at ringside during boxing shows. Chambers has also been involved in the inquiries and resulting civil litigation following major sporting disasters, including the Bradford FC Fire and Hillsborough. Other examples include acting for the family of a female motor racing driver from a famous motor racing family who died following a crash, and successfully defending Everton FC against allegations of negligent employees in the rehabilitation from injury of a professional footballer.
An increasing part of the members’ sports injury experience involves issues around abuse and safeguarding children in sport. 39 Essex Chambers has a dedicated group of barristers who offer specialist knowledge in this evolving area. With the rising number of disturbing claims about the mistreatment of children at high profile sporting organisations, it is vital that both individuals and sports organisations have access to specialist counsel who combine a rigorous intellectual approach with pragmatic and sensitive advice and advocacy. Chambers has leading practitioners recognised as experts in abuse and neglect. They undertake the most demanding and complex cases involving children in the High Court and the Court of Appeal. As well as Court proceedings, members have also participated in public inquiries in this area such as Waterhouse Inquiry and are also involved in the ongoing Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
Professional negligence claims also form an extensive part of 39 Essex Chambers caseload representing the interests of both individuals and sporting organisations professional indemnity insurers. A large proportion of these matters are medical malpractice or veterinary negligence claims where injuries have been suffered following substandard treatment. Members act for sportspersons, animal owners and syndicates, sporting organisations and the defence organisations of clinicians and other professionals.
Following the increasing use of specialist arbitration in injury disputes, Chambers has experienced arbitrators who are regularly appointed in sports injury liability and quantum disputes. Chambers also has members who are appointed as mediators in sports injury disputes.
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Ben Sundborg is the Senior Practice Manager for the Sport Injury & Negligence team and will, along with the clerking team below, be able to help you with any questions.
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