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Mike Morgan

Founding Partner


Mike Morgan founded Morgan Sports Law after spending over eight years working within the Sports Law Group of a leading international law firm. He advises on regulatory and disciplinary issues and has particular experience advising on doping, corruption and selection disputes.

Mike acted on behalf of National Olympic Committees at three of the last four Olympic Games and has represented other sports bodies, clubs and high profile athletes in proceedings before the High Court, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the American Arbitration Association, the National Anti-Doping Panel (UK) and the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber.

Legal 500 (2015)

“Mike Morgan has unrivalled knowledge of doping and corruption, constantly winning cases that seem unwinnable”

Legal 500 (2015)

“Mike Morgan is outstanding, meticulous and tactically brilliant”

Chambers & Partners (2015)

“Mike Morgan is truly a world-class expert when it comes to doping-related litigation”

Chambers & Partners (2015)

“Mike Morgan knows the ins and outs of the international arbitral bodies handling doping offences like no other”

Chambers & Partners (2015)

“What Mike Morgan doesn't know about doping you can put on a postage stamp”

Legal 500 (2014)

“Mike Morgan is the market leader for anti-doping”

Legal 500 (2014)

“Mike Morgan has a fantastic base of experience before the CAS and domestic tribunals”

Chambers & Partners (2014)

“If you were accused of doping, you couldn't do better than go to Mike Morgan ”

Chambers & Partners (2014)

“Mike Morgan has a phenomenal reputation for his anti-doping work”

Legal 500 (2013)

“anti-doping expert Mike Morgan is …. very professional and technically excellent”

Chambers & Partners (2013)

“one of the market's clear leaders on anti-doping cases”

Legal 500 (2013)

“an anti-doping expert with comprehensive knowledge of the rules”

Chambers & Partners (2012)

“Mike Morgan has swiftly become the absolute leading expert on anti-doping”

Legal 500 (2012)

“a leading doping expert”

Legal 500 (2011)

“second to none on doping cases”

Sports Business (2011)

“One of the World’s top 20 most influential sports lawyers”

The South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport v. Daryl Impey

Representing Mr Impey in anti-doping proceedings before the Disciplinary Panel of the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport.

CAS 2014/A/3487 Veronica Campbell-Brown v. The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association & The International Association of Athletics Federations

Representing Ms Campbell-Brown in anti-doping proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

CAS 2013/A/3327 Marin Čilić v. International Tennis Federation

Representing Mr Čilić in anti-doping proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Case 77 190 00225 12 The United States Anti-Doping Agency v. Johan Bruyneel

Representing Mr Bruyneel in anti-doping proceedings before the American Arbitration Association.

CAS 2012/A/2912 Koji Murofushi & Japanese Olympic Committee v. International Olympic Committee

Representing Mr Murofushi and the Japanese Olympic Committee in an election dispute before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

CAS 2011/A/2625 Mohamed Bin Hammam v. FIFA

Acting for Mr Bin Hammam in proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

CAS 2011/A/2527 WADA v. FMF & Christian de Jesús Bermúdez Gutiérrez, Edgar Esteban Dueñas Peñaflor, Francisco Guillermo Ochoa Magaña, Francisco Javier Rodríguez Pinedo and Antônio Naelson Matias

Acting for five international football players in anti-doping proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

CAS 2011/A/2384 UCI v. Alberto Contador Velasco & RFEC and CAS 2011/A/2386 WADA v. Alberto Contador & RFEC

Representing Mr Contador in anti-doping proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The Football Association v. Kolo Touré [2011]

Representing Mr Touré in disciplinary proceedings before the Football Association Regulatory Commission.

The International Cricket Council v. Upul Tharanga [2011]

Representing Mr Tharanga in disciplinary proceedings before the Independent Anti-Doping Tribunal of the International Cricket Council.

The Rugby Football Union v Karena Wihongi [2011]

Advising Sale Sharks on disciplinary proceedings brought against their player by the Rugby Football Union.

(2011 – present)

Advising one National Anti-Doping Organisation in relation to anti-doping proceedings.

CAS 2010/A/2161 Wen Tong v. International Judo Federation

Representing a World and Olympic Champion judoka in anti-doping proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

CAS 2009/A/1752 Vadim Devyatovskiy v. IOC & CAS 2009/A/1753 Ivan Tsikhan v/ IOC

Representing two Olympic medallists in anti-doping proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

CAS 2009/A/1982 IAAF v. Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association & Sheri-Ann Brooks

Representing a Commonwealth 100m champion in anti-doping proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Hilton v National Ice Skating Association of the United Kingdom Ltd, I.S.L.R. 2009, 2, SLR75-78

Securing World Championship selection for an elite British athlete by way of a High Court injunction, following his national governing body's unlawful decision not to select him.

Scottish Rugby Union v. Scott McLeod [2008]

Representing an international rugby player on dismissal of doping charges brought against him by his governing body.

CAS 2006/A/1175 Edita Daniute v/ International DanceSport Federation

Representing a world champion athlete at a first instance hearing and before the Court of Arbitration for Sport during the course of anti-doping proceedings. Successfully applied for emergency interim measure allowing the athlete to participate in World Championships pending hearing of the appeal.

(2008 - present)

Advising a football association on its anti-doping rules and procedures.

(2008 - 2013)

Advising an International Federation in relation to its Olympic Eligibility rules.

March 2014

Violations and Sanctions under the 2015 WADA Code – Tackling Doping in Sport 2014

January 2014

Sanctioning regime under the 2015 WADA Code - International Conference on the Implementation of the 2015 WADA Code

March 2013

Analysis of an amnesty and its place in anti-doping – Tackling Doping in Sport 2013

November 2012

The Role of Arbitration in Dealing with Sporting Fraud Issues, New Developments in International Commercial Arbitration, Université de Neuchâtel

March 2012

Conference Chair - Tackling Doping in Sport 2012

March 2012

Imposing fixed four-year bans for first offences: a critique - Tackling Doping in Sport 2012

March 2011

Conference Chair - Tackling Doping in Sport 2011

March 2011

Contaminated Meat: A Threat to Athletes Subject to Doping Control - Update, Tackling Doping in Sport 2011

October 2010

Contaminated Meat: A Threat to Athletes Subject to Doping Control, WSLR Player Issues: Regulations & Contracts

February 2010

Application of the 2009 WADA Code in Anti-Doping Proceedings, Tackling Doping in Sport 2010

July 2009

Prominent Team Sport and player issues under the 2009 WADA Code, WSLR Player Issues: Regulations & Contracts

December 2008

Responsibilities and Liabilities of the Medical Practitioner in anti-doping regulation, BMI Legal and Clinical Issues in Sport and Exercise Medicine

The relevance of Swiss law in doping disputes

Revue de droit Suisse (Volume 132 (2013), issue 03, p. 341 to 351)

The Role of Arbitration in Dealing with Sporting Fraud Issues

New Developments in International Commercial Arbitration 2012 (16 November 2012)

Assessment of evidence in sporting fraud cases

Jusletter (16 July 2012)

Integrity: Tackling sporting fraud – Part 4 of 4 (co-authored with Stacey Shevill)

World Sports Law Report (Volume 10, issue 05, May 2012)

Integrity: Tackling sporting fraud – Part 3 of 4 (co-authored with Stacey Shevill)

World Sports Law Report (Volume 10, issue 04, April 2012 )

Integrity: Tackling sporting fraud – Part 2 of 4 (co-authored with Stacey Shevill)

World Sports Law Report (Volume 10, issue 03, March 2012 )

Integrity: Tackling sporting fraud – Part 1 of 4 (co-authored with Stacey Shevill)

World Sports Law Report (Volume 10, issue 02, February 2012 )

Issues with the “Similar Substances” provision of WADA’s Prohibited List - Part 2 of 2

World Sports Law Report (Volume 9, issue 03, March 2011)

Issues with the “Similar Substances” provision of WADA’s Prohibited List - Part 1 of 2

World Sports Law Report (Volume 9, issue 02, February 2011)

Sample collection - failure to submit to doping control

World Sports Law Report (Volume 7, issue 11, November 2009)

Laboratory testing procedure - the Kaisa Varis ruling

World Sports Law Report (Volume 7, issue 6, June 2009)

Athlete Support Personnel - anti-doping management

World Sports Law Report (Volume 6, issue 8, August 2008)

Libel in sports stars' memoirs: Moyes v Rooney & Ors

Sports Law Administration & Practice (Volume 15, issue 4, August 2008)

Defamation: Blackwell v Bates: defamation and express malice

World Sports Law Report (Volume 6, issue 5, May 2008)

UK listed events finally approved (co-authored with Alastair Purssell).

Sports Law Administration & Practice (Volume 15, issue 1, February 2008 )

Sports Betting: Integrity in betting - The Gambling Commission's Policy Position (co-authored with Chris Godwin)

World Sports Law Report (December 2007 )

Crystal Palace FC (2000) Ltd v Iain Dowie - Fraudulent misrepresentation and rescission

Sports Law Administration & Practice (Volume 14, Issue 5, October 2007)

The Autonomy of Sport within the EU: commentary on the White Paper on Sport

New Law Journal (Volume 157 Number 7286, 17 August 2007)

Injury: Negligent advice ending a career: calculating damages (co-authored with Alastair Purssell)

World Sports Law Report (July 2007 )

European Anti-Hooliganism Measures: Developments (co-authored with Luca Egitto)

World Sports Law Report (May 2007 )

Premier League look-alike logo not fair play

World Trademark Law Report (February 2007)

The "Team mania" lottery - a lifeline for Brazilian football

World Sports Law Report (February 2007)

Intellectual Property and Sport - Wayne Rooney scores in domain name dispute

World Trademark Law Report (December 2006)

Doping - Informing in exchange for reduced sanctions

World Sports Law Report (November 2006)

Sponsorship - Online gambling: the impact of negative legislation on sport (co-authored with Mark Miller)

World Sports Law Report (October 2006 )

Fan Behaviour - World Cup: measures to tackle troublemakers (co-authored with Max Duthie)

World Sports Law Report, (May 2006 )

Our Team of Sports Lawyers

Mike Morgan

Founding Partner

Richard Martin

Partner

Lizzie Osborne

Practice Manager

Yama Otung

Associate

Donna Bartley

Senior Associate

Santiago Liotta

Consultant