Sports Law Seminar

Resolving Disputes and Claims in Sport: Arbitration and Litigation

Date & Time:

Tuesday 26th September 2017
6pm until 7pm


39 Essex Chambers
81 Chancery Lane

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Chaired by:

Sir Wyn Williams FLSW

Presented by:

William Norris QC
Jonathan Bellamy
Angela Rainey

Course Aims and Objectives:

To inform Sports Law practitioners of developments in duties of care and in sports arbitration.

Identified Learning Outcomes:

Increased knowledge of duties of care in sport and in sports arbitration.

Topics covered:

  • Duties of Care
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Arbitration


Papers and PowerPoints:

Sports Law Disputes Arbitration 260917 – JM Bellamy

Duty of Care 2017_JPIL_Issue_3_Print-3

To listen to the audio recording of the seminar click here.

(This audio was recorded by Simon Gore – Simon Gore Consulting Ltd)


Sir Wyn Williams FLSW

Sir Wyn Williams retired from the High Court Bench in February 2017 and re-joined Chambers as an arbitrator and mediator. He has been appointed a member of Sport Resolution’s Panel of Arbitrators. During his career as a judge Sir Wyn conducted many cases involving issues of regulation over a very wide field. He also presided over contractual disputes between boxers and their agents/promoters.

In 1999 Sir Wyn was appointed a judicial officer for World Rugby, a position which he held until 2008. In that capacity he conducted many disciplinary hearings both at first instance and on appeal. He was invited to the rugby world cup tournaments of 1999 and 2007 as a judicial officer. During the same period (1999 to 2008) Sir Wyn was a disciplinary panel member for the Six Nations and European Rugby.

Sir Wyn is currently the independent member of the Board which regulates the relationship between the Welsh Rugby Union and the Regional Clubs in Wales.

William Norris QC

William Norris QC is one of the chairmen of Sport Resolution’s Panel of Arbitrators, of the National Anti-Doping Panel and of the Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority. He is also one of PIcARBS’s panel of  arbitrators (offering binding arbitration for personal injury claims). He has extensive experience of arbitration, disciplinary processes and litigation in many sports including issues of regulation, contract disputes and injury claims.  He is General Editor of Kemp & Kemp, co-author of a soon-to-be-published book on head injuries and has recently published a comprehensive review of liability claims in the context of sport; The Duty of Care in Sport [2017] J.P.I.L Issue 3.

Jonathan Bellamy

Jonathan Bellamy specialises in commercial law, arbitration and sports law. His sports law work includes commercial contract disputes (including player-agent, sponsorship, IP and online gaming), insurance coverage, professional liability and regulatory. He advises and represents players, clubs, national and international sports governing bodies. He has advised sports governing bodies on structural governance, competition law, negligence, historic sex abuse and judicial review issues. Jonathan is a practising Chartered Arbitrator in sports law disputes, a FA Rule K arbitrator and arbitrator for Sports Resolutions UK’s Commercial, Football and Integrity & Discipline Panels.

He is recommended in the Legal Directories as being “thorough, pragmatic and tactically astute”. Jonathan is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Chartered Arbitrator. He sits as sole

and panel arbitrator in domestic and international arbitrations by institutional appointment (including ICC and CIArb) or UNICTRAL/ad hoc.

Angela Rainey

Angela Rainey specialises in commercial law, personal injury and sports law, including mediation. She has acted as secretary to the Tribunal in sports disputes, including under the FA rules.  She has experience drafting arbitral awards.  She is a member of PIBA, COMBAR, and offers pro bono advice and advocacy in sports resolution matters.  She is a section editor of Butterworth’s Personal Injury Legal Service.

Key Contact:

Charlie Leppington

Charlie Leppington / 0207 832 1140


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39 Essex Chambers is accredited by the Law Society and the Bar Council to provide CPD accredited courses. This course is accredited for 1 CPD hour.

The venue has full disabled access, however, if you do have any special requirements, please contact Charlie.

Call +44 (0)20 7832 1111 for more information

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