30th Mar 2023Blog


Paul Renteurs considers the new legislation aimed at cracking down on those who spread racist abuse with the use of Football Banning Orders In a previous article commenting on sanctions for the racist abuse of footballers[1], I suggested that the criminal law had a vital role to play in preventing and punishing racist behaviour within […]

28th Mar 2023Blog

Failing to seek permission – a salutary tale

Before applying for a summons, every private prosecutor needs a checklist to ensure compliance with the required formalities.  Chief amongst these considerations will be the securing of any necessary consent to the prosecution, for example from the Attorney General or the Director of Public Prosecutions.  It might be thought that this was an unmissable step […]

14th Mar 2023Blog

No short-cuts: a lesson for sports regulators

Yves Jean-Bart v FIFA (CAS 2021/A/7661) On 14 February 2023 The Court of Arbitration for Sport (‘CAS’) upheld the appeal of former president of the Haitian Football Federation, Yves Jean-Bart, against the findings of the Adjudicatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee, that he had sexually assaulted a number of female players at the Haitian […]

22nd Feb 2023Blog


Angus Bunyan, who acted for Nigeria in its application for compensation from Glencore, reviews the judgment. As readers will doubtless be aware, last November the UK subsidiary of the international mining and commodities giant Glencore was in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Having pleaded guilty to seven counts of bribery under sections 1 […]

31st Jan 2023Blog

Defending contempt cases in the High Court – the overriding need for fairness

High Court contempt proceedings have always held a unique and somewhat uncomfortable position in the judicial system. Whilst civil in nature and governed by Part 81 of the Civil Procedure Rules, they are nonetheless quasi-criminal in substance.  This is illustrated by the availability of custodial sentences if the contempt is found proved and by other […]