James is a senior associate specialising in commercial litigation and regulatory matters in the sports sector - in particular, football, rugby, cricket and cycling - advising governing bodies, clubs, athletes, agencies and brands. Prior to Onside Law, James trained and qualified at Fieldfisher in the Dispute Resolution department.
Dispute Resolution, Regulatory
Fieldfisher, MTV (on loan)
Football Disputes (Rule K & FIFA), Sports Disciplinary, Arbitration
His practice encompasses High Court and County Court litigation, international and domestic arbitration, sports disciplinary proceedings and regulatory investigations. He also has experience advising clients on commercial agreements, drafting rules and regulations for governing bodies, advising agents and players on representation contracts and advising clubs and agents on playing contracts and transfers.
Recent highlights include acting for the ECB in various player disciplinary proceedings, advising a Premier League club on a number of commercial disputes, representing a football manager in successful Rule K arbitration proceedings and advising a Premiership rugby club on a number of regulatory and employment disputes.
Away from the office, James is a Millwall season ticket holder and keen cyclist since injury brought his rugby playing days to an end.