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Craig Moore

A highly experienced Barrister, with a nationwide reputation in sports law, complimenting a civil and commercial practice. Extensive experience of chairing regulatory tribunals in a range of sports, including football, boxing, rowing, swimming and taekwondo. These have included some of the highest profile football cases in recent years, across a wide range of areas, from third party player ownership, race/ethnicity, and on-field incidents, to match-fixing and betting. Substantial experience in advising individuals, clubs and governing bodies in a broad spectrum of issues. Author of one of the first specialist academic books on sports law, together with numerous articles on sports-related legal issues. A proven ability to advise, represent and support clients, combining intellectual rigour, precision and determination with balance and empathy. Confident and approachable, with an ability to work with professionals and lay clients at all levels. Able to work to exacting standards, both autonomously as independent counsel and as part of a team, most notably when chairing regulatory tribunals. Consistently called upon to provide direction and leadership, but also receptive to the opinions of others and to take collaborative decisions. <strong> </strong><strong>KEY ACHIEVEMENTS</strong> <ul> <li>Successful (Junior) Barrister in private practice for 27 years, advising clients and appearing in all courts up to Court of Appeal level.</li> <li>Significant experience as chair of regulatory and disciplinary tribunals for a number of sports’ governing bodies.</li> <li>Has chaired tribunals in some of the highest profile cases in recent years, including an allegation of racial abuse against an England footballer which attracted national and international public and media attention.</li> <li>Leading Regional Junior Barrister in sports law (<em>Chambers &amp; Partners</em>).</li> <li>Author of two editions of <em>‘Sports Law &amp; Litigation’</em> (Central Law Training) and numerous published articles.</li> <li>Frequent lectures and seminars given to Solicitors and other professional bodies and organisations.</li> </ul> Curriculum Vitae: Craig Ian Moore <strong> </strong><strong>KEY SKILLS &amp; ATTRIBUTES</strong> <ul> <li>Excellent written and oral communication skills</li> </ul> <ul> <li>An ability to:</li> </ul> <ul> <li>assimilate, interpret and apply complex factual and legal issues</li> </ul> <ul> <li>identify key points, take strategic decisions and recommend solutions/ways forward to resolve disputes/achieve best outcomes</li> </ul> <ul> <li>draft complex and precise legal documents for use by judges and lawyers in courts and tribunals</li> </ul> <ul> <li>prepare written decisions to be published, capable of being followed and understood by members of the public</li> </ul> <ul> <li>A systematic and thorough evidence-based approach to cases</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Diligent, hard-working and resourceful</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Sensitivity in difficult cases</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Full understanding of issues of confidentiality (whether legally privileged or otherwise) and data protection</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Familiar and comfortable with MS Office and digital communication<strong> </strong></li> </ul> <strong> </strong><strong>EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE</strong> <strong>1999 to date</strong> <ul> <li>Self-employed Barrister in private practice at Parklane Plowden Chambers, Leeds</li> <li>Advised and represented lay, insurer and professional clients (both claimants and defendants) in contentious civil claims and proceedings</li> <li>Specialist member of Arbitration and Mediation Panel for Sport Resolutions and chaired numerous regulatory and disciplinary tribunals for various national governing bodies, including The Football Association, Amateur Swimming Association, England Boxing Council, Amateur Rowing Association, British Taekwondo Association</li> </ul> <strong> </strong><strong>1992 to 1999</strong> <ul> <li>Self-employed Barrister in private practice at Barnard’s Inn Chambers, Holborn, London</li> <li>Advised and represented lay, insurer and professional clients in contentious civil proceedings</li> <li>Developed specialist practice and reputation in sports and travel law</li> <li>Author of two editions of <em>‘Sports Law &amp; Litigation’</em></li> <li>Junior Counsel to the first professional footballer to recover a seven-figure award of compensation as a result of another player’s negligence</li> <li>Advised the UK national governing body for cycling on the implications of doping in the sport</li> </ul> &nbsp;

David Reade KC

David is recognised as one of the country’s leading silks in commercial litigation and employment law. He has appeared in many leading authorities. His approach to work is reflected by the quotations which appear from his clients in Chambers &amp; Partners and the Legal 500. Chambers &amp; Partners have described David as a <em><strong>"delightful guy who is very sharp-witted and highly approachable"</strong></em>, <em><strong>"imaginative in his thinking"</strong></em> and his <strong><em>"courtroom performances are extremely smooth and authoritative</em>" </strong>impressed sources say. The directories have quoted clients as saying of David that he was <em><strong>"clear, practical and extremely effective.” </strong></em> <strong><em> "a robust and fearless presence,”</em></strong>, <em><strong>"able to deal with really knotty issues”</strong></em>, <em><strong>"vivacious, bold and brilliant","pleasingly straightforward” </strong>and <strong>"helpful in getting you out of a tight spot”.</strong></em> He brings to his work experience across a broad spectrum of legal practice which has refined as his career has developed into his present fields of specialism. In dealing with clients he prides himself on being approachable and providing a service geared to the needs of the client for, as one of his clients said, he is not a  'one size fits all' type of practitioner; he tailors his approach to each client and case with great meticulousness."<em> .</em> He is also an ADR qualified mediator. David Reade KC is a Door Tenant at Parklane Plowden Chambers.