Sports Arbitration

The majority of disputes in the sporting arena are resolved by way of Arbitration – a private dispute resolution process in which the parties consent to the final and binding determination of their dispute by a panel of either one, or three independent and expert arbitrators. As a general rule, arbitrations are governed by the 1996 Arbitration Act and can also be managed in accordance with a sport’s governing body’s, or specialist independent dispute resolution service’s arbitration rules.


The members of chambers at Mercantile Barristers are accustomed to advising on certain arbitration rules and procedures, taking instructions on advising on and drafting written arguments and evidence in accordance with a timetable agreed with the arbitration process and in accordance with those rules. Our barristers are also able to represent clients in arbitration proceedings and advise on the consequences of written awards.

Value Adding Approach

Our approach to legal practice is always to articulate creative and value-adding solutions for clients whilst delivering timely, efficient and affordable professional services. All clients conduct their affairs within a legal context and Mercantile Barristers’ role is to advise on the conduct of their transactions and affairs in ways that avoid conflict and disputes.



However, should a dispute become inevitable, then our prior engagement would have assured that all the necessary precautions have been taken and mitigating steps adopted. Thus, clients will begin any dispute resolution in a strong position to achieve their desired objectives.


Whether by adjudication, arbitration, litigation, members at Mercantile Barristers will adopt a firm, swift and decisive approach to achieve the best possible results for clients within the shortest possible time. We recognise that no two cases are the same, so we will adapt our style to suit the occasion.

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