3PB Direct

The success of the sport industry relies on the effective application of its drug-use and misuse rules, so sport regulation and governance is essential to maintaining a competitive balance both on and off the field of play. 3PB barristers are well-known and experienced anti-doping advisers and advocates. Previous practice in criminal defence, corporate governance and healthcare regulation are typical backgrounds.

3PB Direct barristers are among the UK’s premier team of barristers, famous for our work for athletes and governing bodies in anti-doping disputes. Our barristers provide advice across the whole spectrum of anti-doping issues, including:

  • Representation of athletes and athlete support personnel in anti-doping proceedings before national anti-doping authorities and the Court of Arbitration for Sport
  • Representation of governing bodies in these anti-doping proceedings
  • Advising athletes and clubs on alleged whereabouts failures (ie missed tests and filing failures)
  • Advising governing bodies, teams and clubs on their anti-doping policies and procedures
  • Representation of athletes and governing bodies in High Court proceedings involving challenges to the decisions on anti-doping/suspensions or bans by athletes’ sports regulatory bodies.

Our specialist barristers understand the complex scientific issues with drugs testing and challenges, allowing us to identify and advise on likely scientific issues that may affect the validity of the test.

For help and advice please contact Stuart Pringle on +44 (0)3333 231 586 or email us.

Sports Barristers legal services that we provide

Frequently asked questions

Much of the controversy surrounding the Olympics and sports in general is related to doping. Doping is the use of prohibited substances to enhance performance in sports. UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) was created in December 2009 and is the UK national organisation dedicated to protecting a culture of clean sport. UKAD helps athletes to understand and […]

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The list was first introduced in March 2004. Cocaine in an athlete’s urine sample has ever since been deemed a more serious offence than the presence of other substances of abuse like cannabinoids or narcotics. While cannabinoids and narcotics have always been classified as “specified substances”, or ones less likely to be used as a […]

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The minimum sanction for a “non-specified” substance, such as cocaine, is 12 months (except in rare instances where an athlete’s period ineligibility is eliminated because the athlete establishes that he or she bears no fault for the presence of cocaine in their body like tennis player Richard Gasquet who tested positive for cocaine by kissing […]

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is a foundation created through a collective initiative led by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The agency’s key activities include scientific research, education, development of anti-doping capacities, and monitoring of the World Anti-Doping Code.

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No, the reverse. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled in January 2018 that the ‘whereabouts requirements’ of the French Anti-Doping Agency did not restrict athletes’ right to freedom of movement or right to respect of private and family life. The whereabouts requirements state that certain sports professionals in a ‘target group’ (designated by […]

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The Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) process is a means by which an athlete can obtain approval to use a prescribed prohibited substance or method for the treatment of a legitimate medical condition. Athletes should advise all medical personnel of their obligation to abide by the anti-doping rules of their sport and that any medical treatment […]

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Drugs & Doping Barristers


Nicholas Cotter

Lawyer since 1999