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Chambers & Partners Bar Directory 2016 has ranked Blackstone Chambers number 1 in sports law yet again, describing it as the “pre-eminent sports set in the country, with unparalleled strength and depth of expertise” and “ ‘the go-to set for sport’ for everyone from governing bodies, broadcasters and sports clubs, to individual sportsmen and women.”

As many as 17 of Blackstone’s barristers are individually ranked in sport, with 11 silks and 6 juniors making the rankings.

Silks, Adam Lewis QCa name synonymous with the Sports Bar,”(Star Individual); the “absolutely first classIan Mill QC (band 1); David Pannick QCbrought in to advise on the most important of sports law cases” (band 2); Michael Beloff QC who “more or less invented sports law”, and the “vastly experiencedAndrew Hunter QC (band 3); “strong advocateKate Gallafent QC who “provides robust advice in tricky situations, and has fantastic knowledge”, Jane Mulcahy QC who has “excellent industry and technical knowledge and provides sound commercial advice”, Andrew Green QC who is “extremely bright and analytical and ferocious in cross-examination”; the “impressive … outstandingRobert Howe QC who is “a very smooth advocate”; the “noted commercial practitionerPushpinder Saini QC (band 4); and Paul Goulding QC (band 5) whose “work in football is particularly notable”.

Juniors, Nick De Marco, “one of the most active and prominent juniors at the sports bar” (band 1); the “wonderful advocate”, Brian Kennelly and the “extremely user-friendly and very popularJames Segan (band 3); Tom Richards, a “very good advocate and … excellent drafter” (band 4); the “highly regardedTom Hickman and the “bright, personable and hard-workingTom Mountford (band 5).