Name: Jonathan Taylor QC
Firm Name: Bird & Bird LLP
Country: England
Expertise: Sports Law

Telephone: +44 20 7415 6000
Fax: +44 20 7415 6111
Email: [email protected]

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Professional Biography:

Jonathan Taylor QC is our exclusively recommended Sports Law expert in England on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Jonathan directly using the contact details above.

I advise the widest range of sports bodies, from international and national governing bodies to leagues, clubs, and their commercial partners on matters including broadcasting and sponsorship rights, challenges to regulatory decisions, commercial disputes, and regulatory and disciplinary issues including match-sanctioning, match-fixing and doping.

I am an experienced advocate, appearing regularly before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, as well as a range of internal sports tribunals. I was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2017.

In 2016, I chaired the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Independent Observer team at the Rio Olympics

Since 2017, I have chaired WADA’s Compliance Review Committee, an independent Standing Committee that reports to WADA’s ExCo and Foundation Board on issues relating to Code compliance by Signatories.

Alongside my practice, I am co-editor (with Adam Lewis QC) of the leading UK sports law text, Sport: Law and Practice (3rd Edition 2014). I was also a tutor at University College, Oxford (Tort Law and Administrative Law) in 1992/93 and Director of Studies in Sports Law at King’s College, London from 2000 to 2007.

I hold both UK and US law degrees and originally qualified and practised as a commercial lawyer in New York before moving back to the UK in 1997. Since that time I’ve focused exclusively on advising sports clients.