Stuart McInnes is a well-known and highly regarded arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). He has broad experience of cross-border litigation involving multijurisdictional issues.

Stuart has been closely involved in the sports industry for more than a decade and has sat on more than 100 arbitrations at CAS since being appointed in 2004.

Stuart was also one of the 12 CAS Arbitrators, and the only UK representative, on the special ad hoc division of CAS for the London 2012 Olympic Games this year.

Prior to joining Squire Patton Boggs, Stuart was a managing partner of a London-based international law firm, where he was joint head of both the dispute resolution team and the sports and leisure sector team.

Stuart was appointed MBE in 2006 for his charity work with DARE UK, which provides drugs education to children in schools. He is a Visiting Professor to the Instituto Superior Derecho Y Economica in Madrid, where he has taught part of the world-renowned LLM Masters in International Sports Law for the past five years. He is also a Law Tutor at Southampton University.
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  • Hearing high-profile cases at CAS including Ashley Cole v FAPL (2005), FC Midtjylland v FIFA (2008), Ryan Napoleon v FINA (2010) and Matuzalem Francelino da Silva v FIFA (2011).
  • Working as a CAS Arbitrator for the London 2012 Olympic Games, hearing cases including:
    • Peternell v South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee and others, an eligibility case concerning the country’s sole equestrian events competitor.
    • Denis Lynch v Horse Sport Ireland and The Olympic Council of Ireland and others, concerning a dispute over de-selection from the Irish equestrian squad.
    • Swedish National Olympic Committee and Swedish Triathlon Federation v International Triathlon Union and others, issue centred on a photo finish between gold and silver medal positions taken by the athletes in the women’s triathlon event.


  • University of Hull, LL.B.
  • Instituto Superior Derecho Y Economica Madrid, LL.M.


  • England and Wales, 1981


  • English
  • French
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2017 for Sport
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2015 for Sport

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