Rupert Beloff

Sports Law


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Sports Law


Rupert worked in sports media before being called to the bar dealing.

He has extensive knowledge and expertise, and undertakes both advisory work and advocacy, in all aspects of sports litigation including regulatory work, doping, free movement and right to play cases, work permit and immigration matters, contractual disputes, sponsorship and disciplinary proceedings. 

Rupert has also appeared for both Claimants and Defendants in ‘field of play’ injury cases including both amateur and professional level sports.

He regularly lectures and gives seminars on sports law subjects and is a co-author of several leading books in the field.

Rupert is a member of the British Association of Sport and Law (BASL).


Drawing upon his previous experience of working for a sports television company Rupert undertakes work in all aspects of media law including advisory, drafting and advocacy work in defamation, privacy and media regulation actions.

Matters in which Rupert has acted in include:

- Representing boxing promoters and licence holders in disciplinary proceedings brought by the British Boxing Board of Control.

- Advising a professional football referee in respect of an unfair dismissal claim against the FA.

- Advising and representing an ex-international footballer in breach of contract proceedings relating to live entertainment events.

- Acting for a semi-professional footballer in a field of play personal injury action.

- Advising a professional cricket coach in relation to constructive and unfair dismissal.

- Advising a leading speedway circuit in respect of safety rules imposed by the governing body.

- Representing a school in an action brought for personal injury by a pupil injured during hockey practice.

Significant Cases

Christine Ohuruogu v British Olympic Association (November 2007) - appeal against lifetime ban on competing at the Olympic Games


Rupert worked in sports media before being called to the bar and completing a commercial and planning pupillage.

Rupert has a broad commercial and public law practice with a particular expertise in all aspects of sports and media law. He has extensive experience of appearing in courts and tribunals in London and nationwide, including high value complex claims.

Rupert’s clients include regulatory bodies, sports clubs and agencies, sportsmen and women, national insurance companies, local authorities, FTSE listed companies, company directors, auctioneers and professionals.

He accepts instructions across a wide range of Chambers’ work in both an advisory and advocacy capacity.

Year of Call: 2001

Areas of Expertise

British Association for Sport and Law (BASL)
Personal Injuries Bar Association (PIBA)
Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)


- Co-author of the Halsbury Centenary Essay ‘The Field of Play’ (Butterworths, 2007) 

- Contributor to the New Oxford Companion to Law (Oxford, 2008) on the subjects of combat and blood sports

- Contributor to Halsbury’s Laws of England volume on Sports (Butterworths, 2012)

- Co-author of Sports Law by Beloff, Kerr and Demetriou (2nd Edition)(Hart Publishing, 2012)

- Co-author of Atkins Court Forms volume on Sports (Lexis Nexis, 2013)

- Contributor to the International Sports Law Review


MA (Oxon) 
LLB PgDip(EC Law) 

Rupert read History at Christ Church, Oxford, before studying Law at the University of Buckingham. He achieved the top first class law degree in the university; won university prizes for tort, EC law, trusts, criminal law and contract; and obtained the Edgar Palamountain Award for Excellence and Aylesbury Vale DC prize for Public Law. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in EC Law from King's College, London. 

Rupert worked in sports media before training for the Bar and undertaking pupillage at No5 Chambers. He is a member of Gray's Inn.






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