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.

IAAF – alleged Russian doping and corruption

Jim acted for ND before an Ethics Board of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF); he faced charges arising out of the investigation into corruption in relation to Russian doping and misleading an ethics investigation. ND was cleared of any suggestion of corruption and whilst he was dismissed from his job he is not [...]

Premier league player accused of breaching the betting rules

Jim acted for a young Premier League player charged with breaches of the betting rules. Following representations, all charges were dropped.

Chelsea FC allegedly failing to control players

Jim acted for Chelsea Football Club in relation to a charge of failing to control their players in a premier league match against Manchester City.

Aggravated breach of Rule E3 of Football Association’s Rules

Jim acted for Jonjo Shelvey of Newcastle United in relation to an allegation that on or around the 87th minute of the match between Newcastle United FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC on 17 September 2016 he used abusive and/or insulting words towards Romain Saiss.

FA v Diego Costa – alleged misconduct

In March 2016 Jim acted for the Chelsea player charged with misconduct after the Premier League game v Everton. During 2015/2016 Jim has been advising in relation to corruption allegations in football and athletics.

Football League v Rotherham FC, April 2015

Jim acted for Rotherham United before the FDC on a charge of fielding an ineligible player.

Benoit Assou Ekotto’s misconduct charge

Jim represented Benoit Assou Ekotto of Tottenham Hotspur and Cameroon before the FA in relation to a charge of misconduct that related to his alleged approval of Nicholas Anelka’s quenelle gesture.

Rui Faria successful appeal

Jim Sturman acted for Rui Faria, assistant manager of Chelsea Football Club, in his appeal against a stadium ban imposed after an incident on the touchline during the Chelsea v Sunderland Premier League match.

UKAD v Kenny Anderson

Acted for the boxer Kenny Anderson who was charged with a doping offence after failing a test after winning the BBBC Super Middleweight Championship.

Cameron Jerome

Jim acted for Cameron Jerome of Stoke City FC who was fined for breaches of the FA betting regulations.

Portsmouth FC v Kanu

Jim acted for Portsmouth FC before the FDC in a dispute between the club and their former player Kanu.

FA v Andros Townsend

Jim acted for Andros who pleaded guilty to charges of breaches of FA betting rules, Andros was sentenced to a 4 month ban with 3 months suspended, the ban being backdated to 23/5/2013.

John Obi Mikel

Acted for John Obi Mikel in relation to FA charge of threatening the referee Mark Clattenburg after the Chelsea v Manchester United game in 2012.

Evans v Moutinho

Acted for an agent before CAS (and the FIFA DRC) who successfully sued under the terms of an exclusive representation contract for payment after the player concluded a new contract without utilising the agents services.

Jermain Defoe. Spurs v Lazio 2012

Acted for Jermain Defoe in defence of UEFA charge of misconduct, the charge was dismissed.

Chelsea v. Manchester City

Acted for Chelsea FC before the PFCC regarding the compensation payable upon Chelsea signing Daniel Sturridge.

Dan Gosling v. Everton FC

Acted for Dan Gosling before the FAPL in his successful application for a declaration that he was entitled to a “free transfer”.

Millwall v. Sunderland

Acted for Millwall FC on charge of failing to control players in FA Cup semi-final 2004. Mateja Kezman Acted in claim for wrongful dismissal in match played against Roma in Pittsburgh during Chelsea’s pre-season tour, July 2004.

Marcel Desailly

Before UEFA Appeals Tribunal, appeal against 3 game ban arising out of an incident in The Champions League match against Monaco AFC Millwall v Sheffield United Acted for Millwall FC on charge of failing to control players.

Dennis Wise v. Leicester City FC

Appeared for Defence Acted for Dennis Wise in his appeal against his dismissal by Leicester FC after an alleged incident with a team mate on a pre- season tour.

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