Thomas Horton is an associate (Barrister) in our London Litigation Practice, working within our Sports & Entertainment Industry Group and focusing on contentious and regulatory sports matters.

    Before joining the firm, Thomas practised as a barrister in sports law, commercial disputes, insolvency (personal and corporate), property law (commercial and residential), employment law and personal injury.

    Thomas has experience before a range of courts and tribunals, including an extensive amount of work in the County Court and the High Court, and before regulatory bodies, such as The FA Regulatory Commission. Further, Thomas has experience of a range of pleading and advisory work in the above-stated practice areas.

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    • Representing an EFL League Two football player in an appeal against a decision of an FA Regulatory Commission on an FA Anti-Doping Regulation violation and, in particular, obtaining a reduced sanction in one of the first applications of the more lenient sanctions for “Substances of Abuse” in the then-incoming World Anti-Doping Agency’s 2021 Code.
    • Representing an EFL Championship football player before an FA Regulatory Commission who was charged with an FA Anti-Doping Regulation violation, and successfully arguing for the application of the lex mitior principle to allow the football player to benefit from the more lenient sanctions for “Substances of Abuse” in the WADA 2021 Code.
    • Representing a National League football player before an FA Regulatory Commission who was charged with an Aggravated Breach of the FA Rules, rule E3.1, for allegedly saying a racist comment to another player during a match. The charge was successfully defended against and dismissed.
    • Representing a National League football player before an FA Appeal Board and successfully opposing an appeal made by a National League club in respect of the football player’s notice of termination of employment.
    • Advising an EFL League One football club in respect of refunds due to season ticket holders following COVID-19, causing the cancellation of football matches.

    Education

    • University of Birmingham, LL.B. (Hons.), 2013
    • City University London, BPTC, 2015

    Admissions

    • England and Wales, 2015
    • The Birmingham Scholarship (University of Birmingham)
    • Major Scholarship (Inner Temple)
    • Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award (Inner Temple)
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