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John Mehrzad QC

John Mehrzad QC

Silk: 2020 | Call: 2005

Queen's Counsel

"He is full of ideas that are outside the box and he is very commercial." "He is extremely personable, bright, determined, responsive and supportive."

Chambers & Partners 2022

"He is authoritative and incredibly responsive."

Chambers & Partners 2022

"Gets right to the heart of the problem very quickly. Due to his work as an arbitrator, he knows the rules and procedure in relation to football arbitration inside out."

Legal 500 2022

"He is incredibly knowledgeable, client friendly, and deals with matters efficiently and promptly. John also provides sound commercial advice to clients. I can't identify any weaknesses, as I have always been 100% happy with the work that John has done, as have our clients."

Legal 500 2022

“If you want to win – you want him on your side before the opposition snaps him up”

Legal 500 2020

“Extremely bright and personable, an absolute pleasure to work with and go-to in high-stakes litigation” who “gets to the issues quickly and his depth of knowledge is unrivalled."

Chambers & Partners 2021

“Fantastic lawyer and his knowledge of the law and how to interpret it in relation to sport is second to none”

Chambers & Partners 2021

"Extremely sharp and an exceptional advocate, who excels in the most high-profile, high-stakes employment litigation. His insight, strategic approach, and client care is truly exceptional."

Legal 500 2020

“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

“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

John Mehrzad QC

"He is full of ideas that are outside the box and he is very commercial." "He is extremely personable, bright, determined, responsive and supportive."

Chambers & Partners 2022

"He is authoritative and incredibly responsive."

Chambers & Partners 2022

"Gets right to the heart of the problem very quickly. Due to his work as an arbitrator, he knows the rules and procedure in relation to football arbitration inside out."

Legal 500 2022

"He is incredibly knowledgeable, client friendly, and deals with matters efficiently and promptly. John also provides sound commercial advice to clients. I can't identify any weaknesses, as I have always been 100% happy with the work that John has done, as have our clients."

Legal 500 2022

“If you want to win – you want him on your side before the opposition snaps him up”

Legal 500 2020

“Extremely bright and personable, an absolute pleasure to work with and go-to in high-stakes litigation” who “gets to the issues quickly and his depth of knowledge is unrivalled."

Chambers & Partners 2021

“Fantastic lawyer and his knowledge of the law and how to interpret it in relation to sport is second to none”

Chambers & Partners 2021

"Extremely sharp and an exceptional advocate, who excels in the most high-profile, high-stakes employment litigation. His insight, strategic approach, and client care is truly exceptional."

Legal 500 2020

“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

“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

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John practises principally in sports law and business protection law, being recently labelled as “exceptional and a true heavyweight in his field” with the recommendation that “If you want to win – you want him on your side before the opposition snaps him up” (Legal 500, 2020)

His specialist background is in employment law and commercial law with his instructions often involving overlapping areas of law, concurrent jurisdictions and multiple forum both domestic and international.

He was appointed Queen’s Counsel after only 13 years’ practice – 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.  As a QC, he is described as a “fantastic lawyer and his knowledge of the law and how to interpret it in relation to sport is second to none”, and as being “incredibly prompt and user friendly” (Chambers & Partners 2021). A recent appeal decision also labels him as being “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, selection, classification and doping charges.

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 panelist at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (in English and French), Sport Resolutions and the League Managers Association. He was a selected advocate for the London 2012 Olympics/Paralympics and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. He is a mentor to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics/Paralympics legal service.

In 2012 John founded and has since led 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 as being “extremely sharp and an exceptional advocate, who excels in the most high-profile, high-stakes employment litigation. His insight, strategic approach, and client care is truly exceptional (Legal 500, 2020) and “extremely bright and personable, an absolute pleasure to work with and go-to in high-stakes litigation” who “gets to the issues quickly and his depth of knowledge is unrivalled” (Chambers & Partners, 2021).

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.

Follow John on Social Media:

Twitter @JohnMehrzadQC

and LinkedIn

Sports Law

Business Protection Law

Employment Law

Arbitration and Mediation

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