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John Mehrzad QC

John Mehrzad QC

Silk: 2020 | Call: 2005

Queens Counsel

“go-to barrister for business protection work and any employment dispute with a High Court angle” who is “impeccable and technically excellent”

Legal 500, 2019

“Extremely user-friendly and spectacularly good” who “combines an expert grasp of the law with a real understanding of the business context."

Chambers & Partners, 2020

John Mehrzad QC

“go-to barrister for business protection work and any employment dispute with a High Court angle” who is “impeccable and technically excellent”

Legal 500, 2019

“Extremely user-friendly and spectacularly good” who “combines an expert grasp of the law with a real understanding of the business context."

Chambers & Partners, 2020

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John practises principally in sports law and business protection law. He also has a specialist background in employment and commercial law. His instructions often involve overlapping areas of law, concurrent jurisdictions and multiple forum both domestic and international.

He was appointed Queen’s Counsel after only 13 years’ practice at the Bar – the fastest appointee of the 2019 QC Competition.

In terms of sports law, John was the sole number one ranked junior barrister across all legal directories. Prophetically he was noted as “a leader in the field of sports law and an obvious future silk” (Legal 500, 2019). A recent appeal decision also described him as “regarded as a star of the sports law Bar”.

His sports law practice focuses, on the one hand, on financial disputes, including claims between clubs, managers, players and intermediaries/agents, and, on the other hand, regulatory issues, including disciplinaries, equalities and discrimination allegations, selection disputes, classification challenges and doping allegations.

John is also pre-eminent in conducting independent reviews in sport. He was the only lawyer on the cultural review of British Cycling (2016-17), chaired the governance review of the British Equestrian Federation (2017-18) and chaired the review into UK Athletics’ handling of allegations concerning Alberto Salazar (2019-20).

He is regularly appointed FA Rule K or EFL arbitrator (often on a sole basis), is a panellist at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (in English and French) and for Sport Resolutions. He was a selected advocate for the London 2012 Olympics/Paralympics and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. He is a mentor to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic/Paralympic legal service.

John also founded and leads Littleton’s Sports Law Group and its ‘Inspire’ Sports Law Initiative, which offers work experience and mentoring to athletes transitioning away from sport and those from under-represented backgrounds at the Bar.

In terms of business protection law, John is labelled the “go-to barrister for business protection work and any employment dispute with a High Court angle” who is “impeccable and technically excellent” (Legal 500, 2019) being “extremely user-friendly and spectacularly good” who “combines an expert grasp of the law with a real understanding of the business context.” (Chambers & Partners, 2020)

He is instructed in High Court interim injunction applications and trials concerning contractual obligations, restrictive covenants, confidential information, directors and shareholder rights, fiduciary duties and conspiracy claims.

With a former career in finance, John seeks to understand the commercial aims of clients before advising strategically.

Business Protection Law

Sports Law

Employment Law

Arbitration and Mediation

Appointments

Articles and Publications

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Inspire Sports Law

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