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Sports Law

Holborn Adams is a specialist sport law firm, acting for a range of high-net-worth individuals and sports professionals in business, regulatory and criminal law matters. Much of this work involves international issues and liaison with lawyers and promoters overseas.

No professional sportsperson envisages a position where they require a dispute resolution lawyer. However, our sport law team has a vast amount of experience in successfully representing those involved in professional sports. Discretion and media management are a priority, so rest assured that our intervention can help keep high profile players or management out of the media spotlight.

Adam Rasul, Senior Partner at Holborn Adams, has excellent personal and professional relationships with sports professionals at all levels. When acting for a number of professional sportsmen, sports agents and managers—including international footballers and world champion boxers—he is known for his personal service and calm manner, even in the most difficult situations.

Andrew Ford is one of Holborn Adams’ most respected criminal lawyers, and acts as an agent and adviser among sports professionals and coaches. He played at a high level in both cricket and rugby in the UK, and as such brings a wide network of contacts to his work as an advisor and manager. He represents not only individuals but also organisations, clubs and governing bodies.

Holborn Adams also retains Chris Daw QC, a leading Criminal and Regulatory Barrister, as a consultant to the firm. Chris has acted for leading sports professionals at the very highest level, in some of the most high-profile cases of recent years.

Our sport law team is experienced in the following:

Anti-Doping proceedings Endorsements
Arbitral tribunals FIFA proceedings
Appeals against disqualification Financial negotiations
Compliance issues Influencer rights
Contract negotiations Intellectual property & image rights
Court of Arbitration for Sport Investigations
Defending criminal allegations Marketing rights
Defending motoring related matters Negotiating with sports licensing bodies
Disciplinary proceedings Players’ rights

All of our sports clients are assured of the highest levels of professional service and complete confidentiality at all times.

We recommend that you contact Adam Rasul or Andrew Ford immediately should any legal issue arise, rather than waiting for a crisis to develop. We can assure you of a rapid response.

Recent Holborn Adams Cases

R v NO

Representing a client pre-charge in relation to serious sexual offences. Case preparation has involved securing defence material at the early stages of the investigation. We have successfully applied to vary the clients bail conditions pending completion of the investigation.

E v DK

Instructed to defend a client pre-charge in relation to allegations of assault and possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply. We are in the process of obtaining medical evidence and witness statements as part of the pre-charge representations.

HMRC v LM

Retained to defend a client with allegations of VAT and income tax fraud. We have prepared written submissions to the CPS to the effect that criminal charges would not be in the public interest.

S v HO & Others

Holborn Adams is retained by two clients in a vast cross-border human trafficking and a multi-million pound fraud investigation by both UK and Polish authorities. Our Senior Partner, Adam Rasul travelled to Poland to liaise with the clients’ Polish lawyers as part of a coordinated legal response. Written representations have been submitted to the CPS that the investigation failed to follow proper procedures and that the case should be reviewed at the highest level.

United States v EL

Holborn Adams is retained to assist and advise on an international drug trafficking investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Our Senior Partner, Adam Rasul, travelled to Washington DC and Virginia to represent the interests of a British Citizen implicated in a large-scale drug trafficking conspiracy. Adam is working jointly with United States Attorneys in preparation of the client’s case.

KH

Retained to make enquiries into the police handling and conduct of an historic incident.

Q v I

Instructed in relation to an appeal against sentence and Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 confiscation order in relation to conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B drugs to the value of £5,000,000.

W v LA

Retained to advise on an appeal against conviction for murder (‘Joint enterprise’) where we did not act at trial. This involves detailed review of ‘what went wrong’ in the trial and investigating evidence and legal errors that may be used to overturn the conviction.

S v KE

Represented a client in a wave of Operations by Greater Manchester Police of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. This case involved consideration of a voluminous amount of telephone evidence and a large investigation across the North West.

R v NP

Acted for a client cleared of attempted murder in the course of a ‘drive-by shooting’ in Birmingham following a successful submission of no case to answer.

Holborn Adams - Why Choose Us

When you call Holborn Adams you’ll immediately speak to a qualified and experienced lawyer. We’re not “legal specialists”. We are a team of experienced and specialised counsel (barristers) and solicitors, dealing with cases like yours every day.

  • A phenomenal success rate of pre-charge defence in avoiding criminal charge.
  • Legal advice that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Direct access to some of the country’s leading specialist counsel and Queen’s Counsel.
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Latest Testimonials

I am extremely fortunate I came across Holborn Adams and wholeheartedly appreciate the support and efficiency during critical times. I would like to thank Akram and Faaria for having proficiently represented me and wish them and the rest of the team all the best for the future.

Client

I greatly appreciate all the support and advice that have been provided to me by Holborn Adams.

Akram and Faaria have always been on hand and accessible to give professional and sympathetic advice. They always respond promptly to my emails and texts and nothing is too much of hassle for them. I always enjoy conversations that I have with them and find them reassuring in the time of stress that I am going through.

Adam and Chris are very professional and confident. I am glad I have them on my side under the stressful circumstances that I found myself in.

I would recommend Holborn Adams to anyone in need of legal assistance. Thank you again

Client

Thank you Akram, your advice really helped. I’m very confident now that we can walk away from this without me being placed into custody. I appreciate the advice and guidance you have shown me. Thank you sir.

Client

During this most difficult time, I found that having Holborn & Adams on my team was a great support. Their professional advice helped me greatly throughout.

Client

Dear Akram, thank you for the chat today. It’s really helped. You have such a reassuring nature, whilst also being realistic. It’s helped settle my mind massively, so thank you.

Client

We’ve just recently started working with your team and I must say I wish we had come across them earlier and hopefully the wait wouldn’t be so long. I’m happy with Andrew and Faaria. They always keep us up to date on everything and work fast.

I believe the case is now in good hands. We are extremely grateful. So once again Thank you to your team.

Client

Thank you so much for all your help, this news is welcome beyond belief.

I would like to thank yourself especially, but also backed up by Alicia for the timely, sensitive, proactive and highly skilled advice and guidance given. You left no stone unturned which I believe was crucial to the successful outcome of the case. The stress our family has been under has been immense but you have acted with such humanity and compassion it’s made a very difficult time more bearable, and I really thank you for that.

I spent a lot of time researching and talking to other solicitors before committing to yourself. This decision to choose yourself was based on my feeling that you understood the wider picture and nuances of the case and would give 100% which you did.

Thank you once more, you have helped change our lives immeasurably for the better.

Client

Just wanted to let you know that I finally received the letter from DBS and I’m not going to be barred! I’m so relieved. Please note I realise this was all down to your hard work of which I will be forever grateful. Please accept my wholeheartedly appreciated efforts on your part. I wish you all the best for the future.

Client

I am pleased that I used Holborn Adams and their professional criminal defence team as my legal counsel during a very stressful and unclear time in my life. Head of crime – Andrew Ford dealt with my case in a professional and discreet manner which is what I needed at the time. The team worked tirelessly and as expected a positive result was achieved in my case, I would also like to thank Julian Goode for the excellent advocacy at the crown court and Syeda Ahmed for all the help and work done on my case.

Client

Needed a solicitor due to a dbs minded letter.

Found Holborn Adams on line which deals in specific cases like mine.

Carrie Bray agreed to act on my behalf, and I found her to be approachable and very knowledgeable.

Throughout she kept me informed and did exactly what she said she would and on schedule.

To summarise my experience very professional and I would not hesitate to recommend Holborn Adams and in particular Carrie Bray to all my family and friends.

Client