Brian O'Neill KC

Brian O’Neill KC

"An exceptional counsel. He knows what works best with the bench and has excellent case management and preparation."

Legal 500 UK 2022
Year of call: 1987 KC: 2010
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Sports Law

Brian has appeared in numerous high profile cases and has represented a number of Premiership footballers accused of serious violence, sexual assault and public order offences: out of respect for their privacy their names have been anonymised and media links removed.


Pagliara, Price & Wright

Appearance: Prosecution

The defendants, two football agents and the former assistant manager of Barnsley FC were convicted of offences under the Bribery Act in December 2019 following a two months’ long trial at Southwark Crown Court.

The case stemmed from an extensive undercover investigation into alleged corruption in football by The Daily Telegraph in 2016, the most high-profile casualty of which was Sam Allardyce, the then England manager, who resigned his position.

The case was widely covered in the national press, click the links to read more here.

Following the trial Brian was instructed by The Football Association in respect of disciplinary proceedings against Price and Wright.


Defence of a professional footballer accused with three other players of sexually assaulting a young woman in a hotel room. Brian’s client was acquitted of all charges. The solicitor for one of the co-defendants described Brian as “the stand out Silk in the case”.


Defence of a professional footballer accused of wounding a night club doorman with intent to do grievous bodily. Brian’s client was acquitted of all charges.


Defence of a professional footballer accused of a public order offence following his sending off in a Premier League match.


Defence of a professional footballer accused of assault following an incident involving rival fans.

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