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 Court proceedings against regulating bodies on behalf of several of our clients.
In addition we regularly advise organisations within the horse racing industry on regulatory matters as well as various commercial matters including media rights agreements, sponsorship agreements and horse racing fixture sales agreements and employment issues.
Recent highlights of our work include (please click on the case for links to relevant media coverage):
- representing trainer Ismail Mohammed in relation to charges brought by the BHA regarding the positive test for a prohibited substance of Amazour
- representing one-time racehorse trainer Jim Best in two sets of highly-publicised proceedings before the Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority in relation to charges brought against him for bringing the sport into disrepute
- representing trainer John Wainwright and bookmaker John Wright in proceedings before the Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority in relation to charges of conspiracy to carry out corrupt practises
- representing professional gambler David Greenwood and Chief Executive of Towcester Racecourse, Kevin Ackerman in proceedings before the Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority and the BHA Appeal Board in relation to charges of race-fixing and fraudulent practises relating to gambling
- representing Fergal Lynch in his successful application to the British Horseracing Authority to overturn its decision to disallow him to ride in England and Wales
- 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
- 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
- representing Frankie Dettori in relation to France Galop’s investigation into the breach of strict liability rules on prohibited substances
- 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
- successfully representing several racehorse owners in proceedings before the Appeal Board of the BHA in what is the leading authority on the definition of “corrupt and fraudulent practices” in sport
- 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
- 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