Is highly recommended for his infectious enthusiasm, availability and ability to provide outstanding advice.Chambers UK 2014
Christopher appears before and is a highly experienced chairman of numerous sport disciplinary bodies and panels. He has led a number of substantial reviews including the ‘Quinlan Review’ which restructured the British Horseracing Authority’s disciplinary procedure.
He is the independent Chair of World Rugby’s Judicial Panel and also the Independent Chair of The Football Association’s Judicial Panel. In November 2020 he was appointed to lead British Gymnastics Independent Complaints Process to handle individual complaints made to British Gymnastics and to the British Athletics Commission. He will oversee the whole process. This follows publication in July 2020 of his safeguarding Review for UK Athletics and in January 2019 of his Safeguarding Review for the Lawn Tennis Association.View full profile >>
R v AA (Bristol CC)
Christopher prosecuted grime artist known as Solo45, (part of the Boy Better Known collective) who was convicted of imprisoning, raping and sexually assaulting four women over a period of two years.
R v IP, EA & JC (Bristol CC)
Christopher prosecuted defendants who murdered a man in the nightclub a targeted revenge attack which had its origins in a gang feud.
R v SB & Or (Cardff CC)
Christopher represented one of two bothers, alleged to have murdered another in a drug feud.
R v JV & EA (Cardiff CC)
Christopher prosecuted a homicide case in which the defendants were, uncommonly, charged separately, one with murder and the other manslaughter in respect of the same victim.
R v NT (Truro CC)
Christopher represented an engineer charged with gross negligence manslaughter who was alleged to have designed and supervised the building of a barn extension which he knew to be lethally dangerous.
R v LP & MH (Merthyr Tydfil, CC)
Christopher prosecuted a mother and son who murder their husband/step-father.
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Recorder of the Crown Court (2009)
Bencher, Inner Temple
Judicial Panel Chairman, World Rugby (2017)
Judicial Panel Chairman, Football Association (2019)
International Association of Athletics Federation, Disciplinary Tribunal member
Sport Resolutions Panel of Arbitrators
Legal Member, National Anti-Doping Panel
Legal Member, National Child Safeguarding in Sport Panel
Specialist Panel Member, Football Association Judicial Panel
Deputy Chair, Appeal Board, Table Tennis England
British Association for Sport and Law
Bristol Medico-Legal Society
Criminal Bar Association
Wales & Chester Circuit
BHA chief executive Nick Rust said, “The changes we’re making mean that everyone connected with our sport will be able to have the utmost confidence in the impartiality and fairness of the BHA’s disciplinary panels. As well as providing his own expert, independent view, Christopher Quinlan’s report has given us the opportunity to address the concerns of our sport’s participants and stakeholders and to improve their confidence in what we do and how we do it.”
Welcoming the changes, Paul Struthers, chief executive of the Professional Jockeys Association, said: “We would like to thank Christopher Quinlan for producing such a detailed and thorough report…We therefore very much welcome the recommendations contained within it, designed as they are to address those and other concerns.”
In welcoming his appointment World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said:
“Christopher is greatly respected within the rugby and sports environments and brings to the position a great wealth of relevant experience at the highest level. These qualities, combined with his extensive rugby knowledge and empathy for the on-field environment, mean that Christopher is perfectly skilled to drive even greater consistency and rugby playing empathy within our disciplinary processes.”
CHAMBERS UK 2020
Sport: “An absolutely outstanding advocate. His many years of criminal advocacy in the Crown Court have given him skills which are perfect for appearing in disciplinary, safeguarding and doping cases.”
Crime: An interviewee highlights his “dedication to detail and level of perseverance.”
CHAMBERS UK 2019
Sport: “He is extraordinarily thorough, extraordinarily hard-working and his understanding of the issues is without parallel.”
Crime: “A powerhouse advocate who has incredible attention to detail.”
LEGAL 500 2019
Regulatory, Health & Safety and Licensing: “He has a stellar sports regulatory practice.”
Crime: “A first-class silk.”
CHAMBERS UK 2018
Sport: “He is very astute with an extremely good knowledge of the law as it applies to sport, and he’s not afraid to make difficult decisions.”
Crime: “He is careful, forthright and brilliant in court” and “He is very careful in his preparation and precise in his questioning.”
CHAMBERS UK 2017
Sport: Leading Silk, Band 1 – “He’s very well organised and has a fantastic work ethic.”
Crime: Leading Silk – Noted for his ability to handle criminal matters of the utmost seriousness, including the defence of some particularly challenging cases of murder, manslaughter and sexual violence.
Recent work: Represented an individual charged with the murder of her new-born baby. The defendant was convicted of manslaughter and was sentenced to probation.
LEGAL 500 2017
Construction, Planning & Environment: “He has expertise in environmental matters.”
Crime: “A top-class performer.”
CHAMBERS UK 2016
Sport: Leading Silk – Band 1; “He is a formidable advocate who leaves no stone unturned in any case he deals with.”
Recent work: Instructed by the International Sailing Federation to advise on its response to the appeal by professional sailor Dirk de Ridder.
Crime: Leading Silk – “He is extremely charming, incredibly persuasive and immaculately prepared.”
“Is highly recommended for his infectious enthusiasm, availability and ability to provide outstanding advice.”
Chambers & Partners 2014
Sport: Law & Practice – Bloomsbury, March 2021