Donna Bartley

Senior Associate

Donna joined Morgan Sports Law in January 2015 and became a Senior Associate in October 2017.  

Donna is a commercial litigator who specialises in dispute resolution, advising athletes and players from a broad range of sports in proceedings before the High Court, the Court of Arbitration for Sport and national and international sports tribunals. 

Donna has completed the BASL/DeMontfort Law School Post-Graduate Diploma in Sports Law and Practice.  Prior to joining Morgan Sports Law, Donna trained at a leading international law firm and then spent more than three years working in their professional and commercial disputes team.

Donna’s experience includes:

  • acting for athletes in commercial disputes and negligence and breach of duty claims;
  • acting for athletes in human and equine anti-doping proceedings;
  • assisting athletes with reputation management matters; and
  • advising athletes on regulatory and disciplinary issues.



Morgan Sports Law acts for Maltese footballer, Mr Jonathan Caruana, in his successful appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (“CAS”) against a four-year ban imposed on him by the National Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel of Malta (the “NADP”).


Morgan Sports Law acts for Liverpool FC and French international football player Mamadou Sakho, in the dismissal of a doping charge against him.

Rule 40 - An affront to athlete rights

It was hoped that the proposed relaxation to the IOC’s controversial Rule 40 would mark a significant advancement in athletes' rights, granting Olympians a fairer opportunity to market themselves at a key stage in their careers. However, the new guidelines have proved a disappointment. Mike Morgan and Donna Bartley examine the origins of Rule 40, the new guidelines and why this is such a serious issue for athletes.