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Maurice Holmes

Call 2015

Sports Law

Maurice’s expertise and personal background in combination provide a firm grounding for his growing practice in sports law. Formerly a professional cricketer (for Warwickshire CCC), Maurice draws upon his understanding of the industry alongside his legal experience across all areas of commercial dispute resolution. Moreover, in appearing regularly before a range of arbiters and tribunals as part of his broader practice, Maurice’s ability as an advocate makes him a natural candidate to appear and succeed in sport-specific hearings.

Maurice recently returned to Chambers after undertaking a secondment with a law firm ranked by the directories as one of the leading sports firms in the UK. Consequently, he benefits from exposure to a high volume of work in this field for a barrister of his call.


Selected Cases

Maurice has assisted in a variety of matters, including:

  • (1) Aljaž Bedene and (2) The Lawn Tennis Association v The International Tennis Federation, in which sole arbitrator Charles Hollander QC was appointed to determine the lawfulness of the ITF’s recently introduced eligibility rules for Davis Cup tennis (led by Thomas de la Mare QC).
  • The Professional Integrity Officers v X, drafting submissions as to the appropriate sanction following charges brought against a player under the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme.
  • Yorkshire RFU v X, representing a rugby player in a disciplinary hearing following charges brought for conduct allegedly prejudicial to the interests of the game.
  • Proceedings against a major golf course in respect of allegedly unlawful acts occurring during its annual hosting of a European Tour event.
  • Multi-million euro arbitration proceedings concerning a claim for monies due pursuant to (and a counterclaim pursuing alleged repudiatory breaches of) an agreement for the title sponsorship of a major sports event.
  • Action on behalf of a worldwide sports governing body seeking recovery of monies due pursuant to the terms of a promoter’s agreement.
  • Advising as to the (un)enforceability of restrictions in a long-term youth development contract.
  • A claim arising from the tax implications of player ‘image rights’ structures.
  • Advising a national sports governing body as to the available steps against secondary market operators facilitating the unlawful resale of match tickets.
  • Advising the Professional Cricketers’ Association on proposed revisions to the ECB Regulations for suspected illegal bowling actions.
  • Advising a professional sportsman over a dispute concerning unpaid pension contributions by his club.
  • A dispute concerning alleged breaches of a share purchase agreement pursuant to which the ownership of a Formula One team was to be transferred (led as a pupil by Muhammed Haque QC).
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