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Adam Taylor

Call 2014

Sports Law

Adam’s experience in medical, commercial and regulatory cases provides a strong foundation for his sports law work.

He regularly gives talks and presentations. He is a member of BASL and Law In Sport. He has recently been appointed to the Sport Resolutions Pro Bono Panel, to provide advice and assistance with disputes involving anti-doping, athlete selection and eligibility, athlete and player contracts, and discipline.

Adam is a keen sportsperson and currently enjoys club football, tennis and cycling. He recently completed a London to Paris cycle ride, and several half-marathons. In his youth, he participated in county-standard football and athletics.

Selected Cases


  • Adam represented the 2016 Olympic marathon champion Jemimah Sumgong in her defence of an anti-doping rule violation of Tampering, in the anti-doping proceedings of IAAF v Jemimah Sumgong. The case raised important arguments concerning the standard of proof and nature of the evidence required to prove a violation of article 2.5 of the IAAF anti-doping rules, concerning tampering, in a high-profile context. Adam was sole counsel for the athlete.
  • Adam was recently instructed by Morgan Sports Law in the high-profile anti-doping dispute of UKAD v Tyson and Hughie Fury, where he drafted detailed written submissions to the panel on behalf of Tyson and Hughie Fury.


Adam has recently been appointed to the Disciplinary, Dispute and Appeal Panel Register of British Canoeing, for an initial term of four years. Within this role, he will be called upon to sit on the Panel and to adjudicate on matters falling within the British Canoeing Disciplinary, Dispute and Appeal Regulations.



  • Wright v Lewis Silkin [2015] EWHC 1897 (QB) – Assisting Muhammed Haque QC with trial preparation in the case, a High Court professional negligence claim concerning a bespoke employment contract for the CEO of a cricket team franchise in the Indian Premier League.
  • Advising on contractual construction in a high-value motor racing arbitration.
  • Advising on and representing the defendant at an appeal from a commercial trial involving the sale of a British Eventing competition horse by an international-standard competition rider. The case involved sale of goods, misrepresentation and mitigation issues. The historical behaviour of the horse and the industry-specific nature of the representations were key considerations.

Personal Injury and Product Liability

  • Adam is currently junior to Daniel Shapiro in relation to a £2million product liability claim involving a fall from a horse by a doctor while riding a jumping circuit wearing an inflatable vest.
  • Advising a cycling training company on its defence to a claim made by a child injured during a beginners cycling training session.
  • Acting in a multi-track claim brought by a greenkeeper against his employer golf club and a golfing member who hit him on the head with an approach shot, allegedly causing neurological symptoms.
  • Drafting the defence and advising on a claim arising out of an allegedly negligent personal training session, where the claimant was injured while performing box jumps.
  • Advising on the defence of a claim involving an allegedly negligent box-fit session, where the claimant was injured while performing a toe-tap exercise.
  • Advising on the defence of a multiparty claim involving a stilt-walking injury during a circus skills workshop at a school.
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  • Hardwicke Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Droop Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Shelford Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Margaret Branthwaite CPE Prize
  • BPTC, University of Law, Birmingham
  • GDL, University of Birmingham
  • BA Hons (First Class), Worcester College, University of Oxford


  • BASL
  • PIBA

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