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

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

It was by chance I stumbled upon Holborn Adams and Andrew Ford picked up my call. I am beyond fortunate I did so.

Upon initial contact with Andrew, I was sure this was the right firm to represent me. Andrew showed expertise and thorough knowledge in the field I needed representation in and was patient and comforting when I explained my situation. He was confident that with effective pre-charge representation , there was a strong chance my case would not result in any charge being applied by the CPS.

He was correct and with a well complied pre-charge case file, my case was dropped and resulted in no further action. I cannot thank Andrew enough for his hard work, professionalism and reassurance through this highly distressing time for myself and my family. I also am thankful and grateful to Carrie Bray, who works alongside Andrew, for her hard work, empathy and kind approach she undertook when dealing with my case. I would recommend this team and Holborn Adams to anyone looking for excellent representation, coupled with a team who are always accessible and understanding of the stress attached with legal proceedings.

Client

My partner and I would like to thank Holborn Adams for their legal advice, effort and time on our case. Our choosing Andrew and Mathew to represent us was the best decision we could have made. Without their extensive knowledge and skills, the positive outcome we reached could not have happened.

We would not hesitate to recommend the Holborn Adams team and would use the firm in the future, if we needed its expertise again.

Once again, a big thank you to Andrew, Mathew and Sharon for being patient, friendly and calm with us throughout—from the start until the very end of our case.

Client

I happened across Holborn Adams by a stroke of luck, or fate. I am so grateful and thankful that I did, as the support, help and advice I received from day one of engaging with them, and throughout the whole ordeal has been a blessing.

I was falsely accused by an ex partner of serious accusations. I had previously appointed another firm who, it seemed, were happy for my case to go trial. Some time had passed under the guidance (or lack of) my previous solicitor, and the trial was drawing closer and closer. I knew something wasn’t right with my previous representations so I looked elsewhere and appointed HA.

From the very first meeting I knew I was in safe hands. Both Adam and Simon are true professionals in their field and know the law inside out. They helped close down my case, meaning there was no trial. We worked together to gather evidence which proved to close the case down. 12 months ago my world was bleak, I felt a tremendous amount of pressure and stress, however every appointment I had with Simon/Adam helped to reassure me and took away many of my concerns. I couldn’t recommend HA highly enough. If you are facing similar issues, give them a call immediately, you won’t regret that decision.

Client

When my partner was wrongfully arrested it felt like my world had collapsed around me. I was alone, fearful and lost. The rumours circulating affected my health and my business as people believed what the police were saying. The constant contact and reassurance from Holborn Adams, who were always there and willing to help, enabled me to carry on and thankfully we are now out of the other side.

Nobody listens and nobody cares when you face something like this. But Holborn Adams do – they put their clients best interests at heart.

Thank you so much to all at Holborn Adams, especially Simon Kups and Adam Rasul.

Client

I am writing to express my appreciation for the help, advice and support me and my family received from Holborn Adams during my wrongful arrest last year.

I was at a real low with the false allegations against me and the unwillingness of the police to look at alternative facts and evidence. Having you in my corner, to keep my spirits up when I was imprisoned and things were looking bleak, helped stop me from going under. The fact that you were there for me and my family at all hours, always willing to advise, is and always will be, appreciated more than words can express. I would recommend you to anyone suffering injustice or finding themselves on the wrong side of the law.

Client

As part of a team, you, Adam and Matthew were all patient, friendly and professional providing an environment where in the most dire of circumstances there is a reassurance that a team is working to reach the best very outcome on your behalf. Importantly the human touch of support that is so critical in times of crisis never lapsed. I have no hesitation in recommending Holborn Adams with the strongest voice to anyone for high quality legal representation and a team who are dedicated to the very best outcome for their client.

Client

In a time of crisis the initial phone call with Adam was exactly what was needed; calm reassurance with precise legal instructions that he made sure I understood in my emotive chaos. The step by step guide of how the arrest process would proceed and clear do and do nots as well as the traps not to fall into was absolutely invaluable as I had no knowledge or prior experience of the criminal justice system. I now understand due to the nature of the criminal justice system how critical and vital it is to have good quality legal advice at the earliest opportunity.

Client