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The application window for joining Sport Resolutions' Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators for the period April 2021 to March 2024 is now open.

Sport Resolutions is the leading independent dispute resolution service for sport based in the United Kingdom and operating globally. We provide an expert, timely and cost-effective alternative to internal appeal processes and court-based litigation. 

We deliver services to leading sporting bodies both in the UK and internationally, and we are proud to work with all in sport, from minority sports to the professional level.

Our diverse panel consists of experienced and esteemed members ranging from leading legal minds including barristers, QCs and former High Court judges, as well as specialists  across different sectors such as doctors, scientists, psychologists, pharmacologists, former police officers, social workers, accountants, HR professionals, magistrates and ex-athletes which allows us to tailor appointments to the particular needs of a case.

At Sport Resolutions we are committed to promoting equality and we would particularly encourage applications from individuals from diverse and under-represented backgrounds. For monitoring purposes, we request that an equality form is submitted with each application. Further details on equality monitoring can be found here.

The current panel term expires on the 31st March 2021 and the new panel will run from 1st April 2021 for a period of three years. 

Submitting an application

Prior to submitting an application please review the Panel Selection Criteria, Panel Code of Conduct, Privacy Notice and any applicable Role Profiles. These can be located in the 'related documents' section on the right. 

To submit an application please send a completed panel application form and equality monitoring form to 'panels@sportresolutions.co.uk' by no later than Sunday 31st January 2021.

Panel Application Form - click here

Equality Monitoring Form - click here

To complete and sign the application form electronically, please download the form and open it in Adobe (rather than in a browser). Scanned copies of completed application forms are also welcome.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please see 'Further Reading' below. Should our FAQ not answer your question please email 'panels@sportresolutions.co.uk' with your question.

Further Reading

When does the application process open and close?

The call for applications to join Sport Resolutions Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators opens on Monday 2nd November 2020 and closes on Sunday 31 January 2021.  

Application forms and CV should be sent to: panels@sportresolutions.co.uk  

If you are experiencing difficulties submitting your Panel application via the electronic application forms, please submit a hard copy to: Sport Resolutions, 1 Salisbury Square, London, EC4Y 8AE. 

Completing the form

Honours – Special honours such as OBE, MBE and CBE should be included. 

Language (Fluent) – professional proficiency level. Languages which you are comfortable conducting legal proceedings in. 

References – to be completed by new applicants and those applying for an additional class only. 

What is a sport specific CV?

A sport specific CV should outline previous Sport Law experience you have gained by working with athletes, federations or sporting bodies and should be relevant to the specific arbitration areas that you wish to be considered for.  

Do I need professional indemnity insurance?

All legal members of our panels are required to have Professional Indemnity cover, to the minimum value of £500,000 and maximum value of £2,500,000.  

For former members of the judiciary, we are able to assist with obtaining professional indemnity insurance cover. If this is required, please contact panels@sportresolutions.co.uk and a member of the team would be happy to assist.  

What will be my hourly rate if I am appointed to your Panel?

Professional fees will vary depending on various factors (including the nature and complexity of the case) and will be discussed with you prior to you accepting (or otherwise) to be nominated for appointment to a case. Appointment terms will be confirmed in a letter of appointment which you will receive upon appointment to a case. They may include a fixed fee, an hourly rate, or a combination of the two. 

If you have indicated that you would be willing to be considered for pro bono appointments, we may also approach you for a case of this nature on occasion. 

Can I apply for the Pro Bono Panel if I am undergoing my LPC, BPTC, Training Contract or Pupillage?

We require all individuals applying for Sport Resolutions' Pro Bono Panel to be qualified Lawyers or Barristers, holding a practising certificate in their country of practice.

How often can I expect to be appointed to a case?

Numerous factors come into play when it comes to the frequency of appointments, including expertise in the subject-matter of the dispute, specific requirements within the sport's rules (eg. X number of years of practice, an accountant, or not to be of the same nationality as the athlete), availability, location, as well as fluency in the language of the dispute. Historically, legal members who sit on specialised tribunals (such as those with membership on anti-doping, safeguarding or football regulatory tribunals) tend to get appointed most frequently due to the number of case referrals in those areas. Some panel members have very specialised skill-sets which are particularly valuable and relevant to certain types of disputes, but those disputes might not occur frequently.  

Accordingly, although Sport Resolutions endeavours to appoint as many of its panel members as possible, we cannot guarantee any number of appointments. 

What is the Process once my application has been submitted?

All applications are considered by a sub-committee of Sport Resolutions’ Board, the Panel Review and Application Committee (‘PARC’). The PARC will consider applications in February and applicants will be informed of the outcome in March. Appointments will begin on 01 April 2021. 

Direct Access Qualified (pro bono panel applications only)

Both direct access and non-direct access members of the Bar can apply to the Pro Bono panel. This question applies to applicants based in countries where a Direct Access Scheme operates, such as the UK.  

The Direct Access Scheme allows members of the public to instruct an authorised barrister directly (without the need to instruct via a solicitor or firm). On occasions where an individual is not direct access qualified, we may be able to assist by putting barristers in touch with solicitors from our pro bono panel, who can provide instructions. 

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