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David Keenan

Senior Associate

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‘Couples excellent analytical skills with an ability to unpick his opponent’s arguments in a moment’
(Legal 500, 2019)


David is a highly experienced practitioner within sport.

David uses his expertise to assist with managing sport-related disputes as well as advising on commercial matters, and prides himself on working with clients to help them to work towards a common goal.

David is regularly instructed to represent players, athletes, managers and agents in domestic and international disputes (including before FIFA) as well as anti-doping and disciplinary proceedings. David also regularly advises sportspeople in relation to commercial matters in sport, including representation agreements, player contracts, image rights agreements and endorsement/sponsorship agreements. David is experienced in acting in a number of sports including football, rugby, horse racing and boxing.

David is ranked in the Legal 500 (2019 Edition)

Legal Services

Dispute Management

Recent Work

  • Cardiff City v Barnes & others – Acting for two football agents in defending a high profile High Court claim arising out of the fall-out between Cardiff City and Malky Mackay and Iain Moody. The Claim brought and reputational impact was potentially significant given the case received considerable press exposure.
  • Castleford RLFC v Sale Sharks, Denny Solomona & Andy Clarke – Represented a rugby agent in the high profile High Court claim surrounding an England player’s controversial switch from rugby league to rugby union. The case was widely reported in the press as a potentially leading case and was referred to in some quarters as potentially a new Bosman-type case.

Sport & Leisure Claims

David is regularly instructed to act in relation to sports law matters, including FA Rule K Arbitrations, Premier League Rule X Arbitrations, disciplinary proceedings, disputes before FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber and Player’s Status Committee, high profile sporting disputes before civil courts, high level sports personal injury cases and criminal charges against professional sportspeople.

David is also regularly instructed to advise on commercial/contractual matters within a sporting context.

Recent Work

  • Cardiff City v Barnes & others –acting for two football agents in defending a high profile High Court claim arising out of the fall-out between Cardiff City and Malky Mackay and Iain Moody.
  • Castleford RLFC v Sale Sharks, Denny Solomona & Andy Clarke -Represented a rugby agent in the high profile High Court claim surrounding an England player’s controversial switch from rugby league to rugby union.

 

To contact David or for more information…

Call: 0845 1666 325
Mobile: 07749314105
Or email: Send an email

 

Memberships

UKAD Accredited Advisor

Testimonials

“I can say without hesitation that David is a tremendously gifted lawyer and one who fights for his client no matter how difficult that position may seem. He has a tremendous grasp not only on the law but also of the tactics and strategy which needs to be deployed in any case and is a very gifted lawyer. I am delighted that David is retained to advise both my company and my clients and cannot overstate how much I value his advice and opinion.”

(Richard Green, 1810 Sports)

“He is extremely knowledgeable in this area of law and his attention to detail with regards to our case was exceptional. We hold David with the highest regard and would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone in need of a sports lawyer. We truly felt he went the extra mile”

(Parents of an Academy Player at a Premier League club)

“David has a level of quality that belies his years and I expect him to be a leader in this field for many years to come”

(Mark Harper QC)

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