Our Practice Areas
Our clients include international governing bodies, professional clubs, managers and players, players’ unions, sports associations, broadcasters, and individual athletes. We have been instructed on cases concerning, among other matters, anti-doping, transfer restrictions, employment disputes, funding and other contractual disputes, state aid, exclusive broadcasting rights deals, and competition disputes.
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We have been instructed on cases concerning, among other matters, anti-doping, transfer restrictions, employment disputes, funding and other contractual disputes, state aid, exclusive broadcasting rights deals, and competition disputes.
Members at Viscaria regularly appear as counsel and arbitrators in sports arbitration, including arbitrating on the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne and as an FA Arbitrator of the FA Premier League Panel. In the Court of Arbitration for Sport, we have sat on many cases, including Mohamed Bin Hammam v FIFA CAS 2011/A/2625, Veronica Campbell-Brown v Jamaica Athletics Association & IAAF CAS 2014/A/3487, and World Anti-Doping Agency v Lallukka CAS 2014/A/3488. In addition, we have acted in an ad hoc clerking capacity for the Court of Arbitration for Sport on several cases, including Dutee Chand v International Associations of Athletics Federations, the well-reported case of a female athlete with hyper-androgenism who was prevented from competing in international competitions.
We have represented West Ham United in FA/FAPL arbitrations brought by Fulham FC and the players of Sheffield United arising out of the Carlos Tevez affair. We have a number of accredited arbitrators for Sport Resolution and members of the Sport Resolutions pro bono advocates panel. We also have members who sit on specific disciplinary tribunals, such as the British Judo Association in regard to the complex investigation of a senior coach dealing with allegations of misconduct covering several decades.
Our Investigations and Audits team have also worked in cases relating to sporting organisations. One of our members led the investigation and the subsequent report into individuals whose conduct was alleged to be in breach of the International Association of Athletics Federations Code of Ethics.
We have advised and acted in a number of high profile cases. Recent examples include: