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Tariq Sadiq

Called 1993

Tariq is an Award-winning Barrister practicing in Employment, Public Law and Sports cases. He also has a nice practice in highly sensitive national security cases involving closed material proceedings. He has twice been named ‘Barrister of the Year’ in the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards in 2013 & 2015.

Tariq acts for blue chip private clients and a range of Governmental departments in high profile disputes. He is a member of the Attorney General’s Regional A Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown, the Attorney General’s Panel of Special Advocates, the Welsh Government A Panel and the Equality and Human Rights Commission A Panel of Counsel.

For Sports, Tariq is a member of the League Managers Association Legal Panel providing advice and representation to managers from the Premier League, the Sky Bet Championship and Sky Bet Leagues, Chair of the FA Anti-Discrimination Panel and a Sports Arbitrator for the Football Association and Sport Resolutions UK.

"First choice for solicitors and is absolutely in a league of his own.”

Who’s Who Legal 2018 Edition
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Tariq is experienced in high-profile discrimination and whistle-blowing claims particularly in the financial and healthcare sectors, High Court restraint of trade litigation, industrial action injunctions and equal pay claims.

Sports Law
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Tariq advises and acts in high profile sporting disputes relating to football mainly, cricket, rugby, athletics, boxing, tennis, showjumping and Formula 1. My clients include the Football Association, the England Cricket Board, the McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 racing team, the British Equestrian Federation, the Lawn Tennis Association, the British Taekwondo Association, Sport England and sporting individuals and player’s agents.

Public & Admin Law
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Tariq acts for a range of Government departments and individuals in most aspects of public law and human rights with a focus on equality and discrimination, terrorism, inquests, prisoner’s rights and immigration and asylum. In 2013, Tariq was nominated for Liberty’s prestigious ‘Human Rights Lawyer of the Year’.

Inquests & Fatal Accidents
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Tariq is highly experienced in conducting sensitive Inquests for a range of Governmental departments including the Prison Service and the MOD, and for Hospital Trusts.

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"He's very hard-working with a good attention to detail. He's an effective practitioner." Chambers and Partners 2020

Operates a wide employment law practice, and his extensive experience of handling matters involving restrictive covenants, whistle-blowing claims and complex discrimination allegations. He has also established a niche expertise in national security employment disputes. Regularly acts for blue chip clients and large public and governmental bodies. “His strength is his robust and persuasive advocacy.” Chambers UK 2019

 “First choice for solicitors and is absolutely in a league of his own.” Who’s Who Legal 2019

 “A calm, precise and measured advocate.” Legal 500 2018


‘Enthusiastic even on unfamiliar ground: has invaluable insights into the interface between sport and employment law.” Legal 500 Sports London 2019

 “Thorough in everything he does, and a very effective advocate.” Legal 500 Sports London 2018

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“An effective and thorough negotiator.” Legal 500 2018


Recognised for his representation of the Government in immigration proceedings with national security and terrorism aspects. He is also noted for his handling of Special Immigration Appeals Commission cases and judicial reviews involving matters such as human rights, discrimination and EEA free movement. He is also experienced in handling unlawful detention claims for the Home Office. “He manages to present complicated cases in a digestible way.” Chambers UK 2019

 “He deals with matters calmly and pragmatically, and most importantly he understands what the client wants and works to deliver that.” Who’s Who Legal 2018

Notable Cases
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Recent notable cases:

McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 Team v Dufour – acting for McLaren in High Court proceedings to enforce restrictive covenants against non-competition and misuse of confidential information in relation to a former design engineer with McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 racing team.

Maistry v The BBC – acting for the BBC in a ground-breaking philosophical belief discrimination case involving a belief in BBC values namely “the higher purpose of public service broadcasting” which was widely reported in the national press.

Chet v Capita UK – an important test case arising from the “Gig Economy” regarding the employment status of over 6000 court interpreters.

Durix and Gourmet and others v RBS – acting for the corporate investment division of RBS in high value race discrimination and whistle-blowing claims brought by a group of French national investment bankers.

Sports Law

Recent notable cases:

FA v Balotelli – advising the FA regarding disciplinary charges for an aggravated breach of FA Rule E3(2) against the Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli arising from his racist and anti-Semitic comments on Twitter.

ICC v Mohammed Ashraful – acting for the ex-Bangladeshi cricket captain at his disciplinary proceedings for match-fixing at the International Cricket Council in Doha, Qatar.

FIFA v Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee, Saudi Arabian Anti-Doping Committee and X – representing a Saudi Arabian international footballer defending an appeal brought by FIFA to the Court of Arbitration in Lausanne against a doping penalty for taking Amphetamine.

Saracens Rugby Club v Premiership Rugby Limited – member of Arbitration Panel (Chair Charles Hollender QC, Brick Court Chambers) regarding a challenge by Saracens Rugby Club to a decision that it was paying over the salary cap for its playing squad.

The British Equestrian Federation v X – undertaking a complex disciplinary investigation into the Chef d’Equipe for Team GB (World Class Showjumping Performance Manager) accused of selling Team GB horses for commission.

Public Law

Recent notable cases:

ZAT and others v SSHD – acting for the Secretary of State in a ground-breaking claim involving Syrian child refugees in the ‘Jungle Camp’ in Calais seeking asylum in the UK without having claimed asylum in France. The case has potentially far reaching and serious consequences for the ability of the UK to control its borders, and for the integrity of the Dublin III Convention.

Hewitt v MOJ – representing the MOJ in a high profile human rights claims brought by a male to female transgender prisoner who was placed in a male prison and denied access to private hormone treatment outside prison.

Kiani v The Home Office – whether as a matter of EU law under Article 47 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, there is a requirement to provide minimum disclosure of the closed case against a claimant suspected of involvement in terrorist-related activity, applying ZZ v SSHD (CJEU). A preliminary reference to the CJEU is being sought.


Recent notable cases:

O’Hanlon Deceased – Representing the MOD in a 4 week inquest regarding the death of a British soldier in Afghanistan as a result of “friendly fire” from US Forces, which involved highly sensitive disclosure issues and a Public Interest Disclosure application.

Green Deceased – Representing the Prison Service in a 5 week inquest into the death of an inmate who died in his cell from severe dehydration and malnutrition, which involved serious allegations of systemic neglect by medical and prison staff.

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Winner ‘Barrister of the Year’ Award in 2015 and 2013 – Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards 

Recognised in the Birmingham Post ‘Power List 250’ in 2017 and 2016 as one of the most influential lawyers in the West Midlands – Birmingham Post Power 250 2017: Legal.

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Appointed as a Deputy Chair of the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC).

Attorney General’s Regional A Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown

Attorney General’s Panel of Special Advocates

Welsh Government A Panel of Counsel

Equality and Human Rights Commission A Panel of Counsel

League Managers Association Legal Panel

FA Rule K Arbitrator

Legal Arbitrator, Sport Resolutions UK

Chair, FA Anti-Discrimination Panel

Articles & Publications
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Bloomsbury’s ‘Discrimination Law’

Authors: Tariq Sadiq 2012-2018

‘Discrimination Law’ covers every aspect of discrimination, giving practical and detailed advice on the full range of legal equality issues. It considers discrimination in the arenas of employment law, goods and services, housing, education, and transport services across the fields of sex, race, disability, religious and sexual orientation discrimination, equal pay, and EU equality law. It also contains commentary on practice and procedure including its own guideline to the amount of awards in discrimination claims.

Personal Details

The University of Kent at Canterbury.

Professional Associations

Employment Lawyers Association

Administrative Law Bar Association

Employment Law Bar Association

Industrial Law Society

British Association of Sports Lawyers

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