Stephen Sampson is the head of our UK Litigation Practice and the industry group leader and an EMEA lead of the Sports & Entertainment Group. His expertise covers commercial, regulatory and contentious work, particularly for clients in the sports, media, entertainment and advertising sectors.

He has extensive experience before sports tribunals and the Court of Arbitration for Sport and is recognised by the legal directories as a leading practitioner within the sports law and brand management sectors.

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  • Nottingham Law School, Postgraduate Diploma, 1998
  • Nottingham Law School, L.P.C.
  • The University of Nottingham, B.A.


  • England and Wales, 1996
  • Recommend in Band 1 in Chambers UK 2023 for Sports Law UK-wide.
  • Ranked in Hall of Fame in The Legal 500 UK 2023 for Sports.
  • Highly rated for sports and entertainment sector disputes in The Legal 500 UK 2023.
  • The Legal 500 UK 2022 interviewees describe Stephen as:
    • “One of the most experienced sports lawyers in the UK with unrivalled knowledge. He is also one of the most hard working, well prepared and thoughtful solicitors in the space, who gives 100% to his clients and has very good judgment.”
    • “An exceptional litigator, not only with a vast knowledge but with a very down-to-earth practical way of applying that knowledge to what was a very novel area of law.”
  • The Legal 500 UK 2023 interviewees describe Stephen as:
    • “Exceptional experience – Stephen Sampson. You can rely on Stephen doing a first-class job (and you know he will leave no stone unturned in ensuring the instruction is given the attention it requires and is completed on time).”
    • “Stephen Sampson is one of the most experienced solicitors in sport. He has excellent judgement and gives 100% to his clients.”
    • “Stephen Sampson is cerebral, conscientious and committed – leaves no stone unturned.”
  • Included in the 12th edition of The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom for Sports Law.
  • Stephen is an arbitrator with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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