Christopher Quinlan

Is highly recommended for his infectious enthusiasm, availability and ability to provide outstanding advice.

Chambers UK 2014

Christopher Quinlan QC

  • Called in 1992
  • Silk in 2011

Sports Law

Christopher advises, appears before, and chairs disciplinary tribunals in a wide variety of sports, including association football, athletics, sailing, swimming, rugby union, rugby league, horseracing and equestrian, motorsport, lawn tennis, boxing and golf. He chaired selection appeals for the 2012 London Olympics and the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. He regularly chairs disciplinary and anti-doping hearings for the World Rugby, EPCR, 6Nations, RFU and the FA. That work includes on-field disciplinary issues, as well as regulatory and competition appeals. He was a Judicial Officer at the 2007 and 2011 Rugby World Cups and will act in that capacity during the 2015 Tournament in England. He has an international reputation as an expert in anti-doping regulations. In 2014 he accepted an invitation to became a member of World Rugby’s Anti-Doping Advisory Committee and he advises World Rugby on all anti-doping matters.

As an advocate Christopher has represented athletes and others before disciplinary tribunals. That work includes representing a professional golfer, a professional racing driver (before the Motor Sport Council National Court), the Mitsubishi Motors (UK) British Rally Team, as well as horse trainers charged in proceedings before the Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority. He recently advised the International Sailing Federation in relation to a hearing before CAS arising out of the 2013 America’s Cup.

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Notable Cases


R v Mayers; R V Glasgow; R v Costelloe; R v Bahmanzadeh; R v P & Others (2008) EWCA Crim 1418
Guideline case on Anonymous Witness Evidence following the Witness Anonymity Act 2008.

R v Hendy (2006)2 Cr App R 33
Murder, diminished responsibility, fresh evidence.

R v Lazarus (2004) 9 Archbold News 4, Criminal Law Week
Confiscation order, POCA, DTA.

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R v Jones (2002) 1 Cr App R (S) 214(52)
Arson, longer than normal sentence.

R v Atherton (2002) 1 Cr App R (S) 498 (115)
Manslaughter.

R v Brown (2002) 1 Cr App R (S) 504 (117)
Causing death by dangerous driving.

R v Morrell (2002) EWCA Crim 2547
Conviction, s127 MHA 1983.

R v Sowden (2000) 2 Cr App R (S) 360
Longer than normal sentence.

R v Wedlock (1996)1 Cr App. R (S) 391
Contempt of court.

R v Jones (1998) Crim LR 579
Rape, appeal conviction.

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Appointments & Memberships


  • Recorder (Crown Court)
  • Anti-Doping Advisory Committee, World Rugby
  • Judicial Officer, World Rugby
  • Judicial Officer, European Rugby Cup
  • Chairman & Judicial Officer, RFU
  • Legal Member, National Anti-Doping Panel
  • Legal Member, National Child Safeguarding in Sport Panel
  • Specialist Panel Member, Judicial Panel, Football Association
  • Sport Resolutions (UK) Panel of Arbitrators
  • British Association for Sport & Law
  • Bristol Medico-Legal Society
  • Criminal Bar Associations
  • Western Circuit

Directory Quotes


“Is highly recommended for his infectious enthusiasm, availability and ability to provide outstanding advice.”
Chambers & Partners 2014