Christopher Ware

Christopher Ware

"A polished performer who offers great insight into a case. He is erudite and articulate and will roll up his sleeves and get into the detail when required." "Chris is very bright, extremely efficient and great fun to work with."

Chambers UK 2021
Year of call: 2007
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Sports Law

Although Christopher Ware principally defends in serious and complex regulatory crime, he is increasing counsel of choice in the area of sports law. He has accepted instructions in cases brought by the Football Association (FA), and the British Horseracing Association (BHA). His extensive experience of cases involving criminal corruption (see his Crime section) means he is often counsel of first choice for sport bodies in match fixing and corruption related issues. He has appeared before the Football Association Regulatory Commission on a wide range of matters, such as betting, failing to report corruption, corruption, and on field misconduct.


FA -v- Lacey

Christopher appeared for the Football Association before an Independent Regulatory Commission in the case of Patrick Lacey. Patrick Lacey was ordered to serve a 14-month suspension from football and football activity after admitting a breach of the FA’s Anti-Doping Regulations.
Lacey, a mid-fielder for Accrington Stanley, provided an in-competition urine sample which contained the presence of Benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine. Following the proceedings last week the club took immediate action and terminated the contract of the player.
He is thought to be the first professional footballer to fail an in-competition drugs test since Jake Livermore in 2015.

To read about the case in more detail, please follow the press links below:

Sky Sports | The FA | ITV | BBC

Instructed by Amina Graham, Head of FA Regulatory Legal

FA  – v- Delroy Facey & others

An undercover Daily Telegraph investigation into match fixing led to the FA bringing numerous linked cases, all which Christopher was instructed to deal with. Christopher acted pre-charge and before the Regulatory Commission in all the linked cases to the conviction of Delroy Facey. He was convicted at Birmingham Crown Court of conspiracy to commit bribery (match fixing). Christopher secured various misconduct findings before the FA Regulatory Commission against various participants of the sport as part of the Daily Telegraph investigation.

Instructed by Amina Graham, Head of FA Regulatory Legal

FA  – v- Zephia Thomas, Tyler Weir & Scott Spencer

Linked to the aforementioned convictions at Birmingham Crown Court (Delroy Facey & others) Christopher also advised and brought regulatory charges for those not charged nor convicted in the criminal setting but guilty of professional misconduct arising out of the Daily Telegraph investigation. Specifically, Christopher appeared on behalf of the FA securing misconduct findings against Tyler Weir, Scott Spencer and Zephaniah Thomas who each admitted breaching FA rules by failing to immediately report to The FA an approach by a third party seeking to influence the outcome or conduct of a match or competition. It is, however, important to note that the three players were not involved in any attempt to fix matches and did not accept monies or gifts.

 Instructed by Amina Graham, Head of FA Regulatory Legal

 The case was covered widely in the national press. Follow the links below to read more:

BBC | Sky | Daily Mail

FA v B

Christopher advised the FA on whether to bring charges, or further action, against a Premier League football player in an investigation concerning the potential provision of ‘inside information’. The issue related to advice on betting and FA Rule E8, and several bets placed by suspected associates of the player. The issue was whether there was sufficient evidence to charge the Premier League player for providing any ‘inside information’ connected to the betting by others. This case is one of several cases that the FA instructed Christopher on in respect of betting and corruption issues.

Instructed by Amina Graham, Head of FA Regulatory Legal

FA v Carl Magnay

 Christopher advised the FA pre-charge and appeared as counsel for the FA in a charge of misconduct. The player denied the misconduct alleged, but the matter was found proven before the Regulatory Commission. Specifically, they found that the player had spat at a spectator having been dismissed by the referee for an unrelated matter. Christopher secured a 6-match ban against the player for the misconduct.

 The case was widely covered in the national press. To read more, click the links below:

Guardian  | BBC | Daily Mail | The FA

Instructed by Amina Graham, Head of FA Regulatory Legal

FA and X

 Christopher is currently instructed and acting for the FA in respect of an investigation into potential breaches of FA and FIFA rules concerning the third party ownership (‘T.P.O.’) of football players. The issue of TPO has been one touched upon in recent press coverage.

 FA v Gabriel Odunainke

Christopher appeared on behalf of the FA for a contested charge of misconduct, arising out of improper or violent conduct on field. The charge was found proven.

Instructed by Amina Graham, Head of FA Regulatory Legal

British Horse Racing Association (BHA) and A

 Christopher was instructed to defend and act to protect the interests of a self employed trader and keen gambler. He placed bets upwards of £1m per annum in relation to horse racing. He was someone of particular interest to the BHA after a separate inquiry. The BHA then subsequently sought personal information including telephone billing and betting records of the non-participant. The BHA threatened to ban the BHA non-participant from attending future races if he failed to provide information sought. Following lengthy negotiations with the BHA the threat was eventually withdrawn.

Instructed by Stewart-Moore solicitors.

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