Sports

Stewart-Moore Solicitors has long been involved in disputes under the rules of various sports regulation bodies particularly within the world of horse racing. We have also brought actions against regulating bodies on behalf of several of our clients.

Recent highlights include:

  • acting  for Pat Cosgrave in his appeal to the Panel of the Emirates Racing Authority against the decision of the Stewards to impose a six-month ban on him for ‘improper riding’ at Jebel Hata and in his successful application to the BHA not to reciprocate the ERA’s ban (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/horse-racing/26634960)
  • acting for Richard Hughes and Richard Hannon in relation to their application to the BHA to overturn the result of the Group One Falmouth Stakes in which Richard Hughes’ mount, Sky Lantern, had come second to Elusive Kate. Sky Lantern had been forced across the track in the home straight by Elusive Kate’s drifting but the Stewards held that this not affect the result of the race (http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2013/jul/12/elusive-kate-sky-lantern-falmouth-stakes)
  • successfully resisting a claim for disclosure of  our client’s telephone records made by the British Horseracing Authority under the Norwich Pharmacal jurisdiction in relation to a BHA investigation into corrupt and fraudulent practices
  • representing Kieren Fallon in an application for an injunction preventing him from riding in the Epsom Derby. The application was successfully resisted at first instance but subsequently overturned by the Court of Appeal on the day of the race (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/horse-racing/13634500)
  • representing various jockeys in relation to riding offences including Mickael Barcelona, Robert Winston, Eddie Ahern, Kirsty Milczarek and Adam Kirby as well as trainers Willie Musson and Michael Wigham in relation to allegations of failing to run a horse on its merits
  • representing Dean McKewan for running and riding offences in proceedings before the BHA and subsequently taking the BHA to judicial review