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Craig Moore

Called 1989

Craig is a specialist in all aspects of sports related law. He has advised individuals as well as governing bodies on a diverse range of matters. In addition, he also practices in travel law as well as other areas of personal injury and commercial law.

"He's impressive as no point of detail passes him by."

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Business and Commercial
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An experienced commercial law practitioner. He has extensive experience in matters relating to partnership disputes, money laundering, mercantile agents, transfer of title to goods, professional negligence, as well as the myriad legal issues that arise out of general contractual claims for the recovery of goods and money. The author of ‘Sports Law and Litigation’ (EMIS Publishing, 2nd Edn. 2000), he has advised individuals and governing bodies on such diverse matters as the implications of the Tour de France doping scandal for the organisers of the premier professional cycling event in Great Britain, sponsorship agreements for professional rugby players, and insurance provision for extreme sports. He has sat as a member of a Football Association Appeal Board.

He also undertakes land and property litigation work and has represented metropolitan authorities, corporations and individuals in housing disrepair claims, as well as landlord and tenant work (residential and commercial). He has also acted in a number of boundary disputes, representing both claimants and defendants.

Specialist Practice Areas

• Commercial
• Professional Negligence
• Property Law

Sports Law
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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.


  • Successful (Junior) Barrister in private practice for 27 years, advising clients and appearing in all courts up to Court of Appeal level.
  • Significant experience as chair of regulatory and disciplinary tribunals for a number of sports’ governing bodies. Specialist Member of The Football Association’s Judicial Panel and Member of the Arbitration Panel of Sport Resolutions UK.
  • 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.
  • Leading Regional Junior Barrister in sports law (Chambers & Partners).
  • Author of two editions of ‘Sports Law & Litigation’ (Central Law Training) and numerous published articles.
  • Frequent lectures and seminars given to Solicitors and other professional bodies and organisations.

 Curriculum Vitae: Craig Ian Moore


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • An ability to:
  • assimilate, interpret and apply complex factual and legal issues
  • identify key points, take strategic decisions and recommend solutions/ways forward to resolve disputes/achieve best outcomes
  • draft complex and precise legal documents for use by judges and lawyers in courts and tribunals
  • prepare written decisions to be published, capable of being followed and understood by members of the public   
  • A systematic and thorough evidence-based approach to cases
  • Diligent, hard-working and resourceful
  • Sensitivity in difficult cases
  • Full understanding of issues of confidentiality (whether legally privileged or otherwise) and data protection
  • Familiar and comfortable with MS Office and digital communication 


1999 to date

  • Self-employed Barrister in private practice at Parklane Plowden Chambers, Leeds
  • Advised and represented lay, insurer and professional clients (both claimants and defendants) in contentious civil claims and proceedings
  • 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  

 1992 to 1999

  • Self-employed Barrister in private practice at Barnard’s Inn Chambers, Holborn, London
  • Advised and represented lay, insurer and professional clients in contentious civil proceedings
  • Developed specialist practice and reputation in sports and travel law
  • Author of two editions of ‘Sports Law & Litigation’
  • Junior Counsel to the first professional footballer to recover a seven-figure award of compensation as a result of another player’s negligence
  • Advised the UK national governing body for cycling on the implications of doping in the sport  
Personal Injury
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A senior practitioner, Craig’s extensive background in personal injury litigation is complimented by his specialisms in sport and travel law. His knowledge and experience of the law relating to injuries sustained during the course of sporting activities, together with claims arising out of accidents abroad, make him the stand-out barrister on Circuit in these areas. He has been published in sports law and acted for the first professional footballer to achieve a substantial six-figure award following a career-ending injury. Listed in Chambers and Partners as a leading junior nationally in sports law, he is commended for his thoroughness: “He’s impressive as no point of detail passes him by.

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Chambers & Partners 2018 (Sports Law) Ranked Nationally - Band 2

Specialises in sport-related personal injury matters, and acts for individuals and governing bodies in the worlds of both football and rugby. He has extensive experience of chairing regulatory tribunals in a range of sports, including football, rowing and swimming.

Strenghts: "He's impressive as no point of detail passes him by."

Chambers & Partners 2017 (Sports Law) Ranked Nationally

Specialises in sport-related personal injury and insurance matters, and acts for individuals and governing bodies in the worlds of both football and rugby. Sits as an arbitrator and mediator for the Sports Dispute Resolution Panel.

Chambers & Partners 2016 (Sports Law) Ranked Nationally

Handles cases for governing bodies, clubs and individual sportspeople in cycling, rugby union and football. He is regularly engaged on both contentious and non-contentious matters and has recently advised sports clients on insurance and personal injury claims.

 Chambers & Partners 2015

Acts for sports governing bodies and individuals on commercial matters, including sponsorship and insurance. He works with clients from a broad range of sports, including cycling, football, rugby and extreme sports. 

Chambers & Partners 2014

He has advised and acted for sports organisations on commercial disputes. He has also acted for individual sportsmen and women in disciplinary and integrity cases in swimming, rowing and football.

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Appointed a Specialist Member of the Football Association's Judicial Panel

Articles & Publications
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Volcanic Ash Travel Claims - Who pays when the dust settles? - Solicitors Journal May 2010 Vol 154 No 18

Contributor to British Association for Sport and the Law Negligence on the field of play - PI Law Journal Aug 2002 No. 8

Accidents Abroad - The pitfalls of booking excursions locally (Legal and Medical Journal)

Chester -v- Asfhar - Causation Issues - Leeds and Yorkshire Lawyer

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In addition to delivering numerous lectures and seminars on sports-related legal issues, he has also been a contributor to the British Association for Sport and the Law Journal.

  • Fatal Accidents Act - multipliers
  • Procedural issues following the introduction of the CPR
  • Provisional Damages
  • Developments in travel law
Personal Details

LLB, University of London

Professional Associations

Bar Law Sports Group British Association for Sport and the Law Travel and Tourism Lawyers Association

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