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									                                Christopher Quinlan QC

Call: 1992

Sports Disciplinary

Sports Disciplinary
Christopher advises, appears before and chairs disciplinary tribunals in a growing number of sports,
including rugby union, football and British Horseracing Authority.

He chairs Rugby Football Union disciplinary tribunals. He has chaired a large number of such hearings,
including sending offs and citing complaints, competition appeals and child protection cases. He chairs
cases at all levels of the game, including English Premiership and International. He also chairs
disciplinary hearings arising out of European Rugby Cup and Six Nations matches.

Christopher is an International Rugby Board Judicial Officer. He was a Judicial Officer at the Rugby World
Cup 2007 in France, presiding over a number of disciplinary hearings. In addition, he was the Judicial
Officer for the Under 19 World Championship held in Ireland in April 2007. He acted as Judicial Officer for
Rugby World Cup 2007 qualifying matches staged in Italy, Georgia and Portugal. In June and July 2008
he was in Australia to act as the judicial officer for two test matches Australia played against France.

Christopher has considerable experience in anti-doping provisions, including the WADA Code. Recently
in one such case, the Court of Arbitration for Sport approved his decision at first instance.

As well as rugby, Christopher has sat as a member of Football Association Appeal Board.

Christopher has been a trial advocate practising in the criminal courts for over fourteen years. He advises
and has defended sportsmen charged with criminal offences, including recently a rugby player charged
with causing grievous bodily harm during the course of a game. He has also brought his advocacy
experience to bear in the area of child protection (including a coach alleged to have been involved
sexually with children he was training). He has recently advised and represented persons charged in
proceedings (of national prominence) brought by the British Horseracing Authority.

As well as rugby union, Christopher has chaired a number of Football Association Appeal Board hearings
and also been instructed to chair disciplinary proceedings in other sports, including lawn tennis.

LLB (Hons)

October 1992-October 1993
Patrick Harrington QC & Lloyd Williams QC
30 Park Place, Cardiff
Recorder (October 2009)
Crown Prosecution Service Approved List of Advocates, Grade 4 (April 2001)
International Rugby Board Panel of Judicial Officers
Specialist Member, Football Association Judicial Panel
Sport Resolutions (UK) Panel of Arbitrators
Legal Member, National Anti-Doping Panel

Professional memberships:
Western Circuit
Criminal Bar Association
Bristol Medico-Legal Society

Regular contributor to crime team seminars and has lectured at the RFU annual disciplinary conference
and at an IRB workshop.

February 2010 The Lawyer ran a piece entitled 'Six Nations: a union of lawyers and rugby‟ which reported
on Christopher Quinlan‟s experiences as judicial officer on the International Rugby Board‟s (IRB) and
European Rugby Cup's (ERC) disciplinary panels. To read the full article please visit

August 2008 Stephen Watkins asked to do a feature on Chris Quinlan for the Sports Resolution and
National Anti-Doping Panel website, consisting of a question and answer session. To view the feature
please visit:

July 2008 Chris was invited by Clarke Willmott‟s Sports Team to join them in a discussion on the recent
rule changes in Cricket. „Switch Hitting‟ and the results of the mandatory „Tea Delay‟ in the England v
New Zealand match. To access the podcast please go to:

Directory recommendations:
Chambers UK 2011
Christopher Quinlan has developed a strong sports practice. He draws praise for his “user-friendly
approach and fantastically well thought-out decisions.”

Others at the set who impress include Christopher Quinlan, who as acted as a leading junior in a number
of serious matters. “In a pressing case, he is your man,” declared one source.

Chambers UK 2010
Christopher Quinlan is “a very impressive advocate who is definitely going places.” Sources appreciate
his direct approach with clients.

Chambers UK 2009
Christopher Quinlan is a “tenacious and forceful advocate whose defence case statements and legal
arguments are thorough, well considered and persuasive.” His recent work includes the prosecution of
four men charged with murder following a nightclub shooting in Bristol, and the defence of a man facing
charges of rape, sexual assault and child cruelty.

Legal 500 2009
Christopher Quinlan is a very effective defender.
Legal 500 2008
Christopher Quinlan is highly thought of for effective defence.

Most sports, especially rugby union
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