Satinder Hunjan QC

Sports Law


36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
Direct Dial: 0161 832 9082


5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123


Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570

Clerked by:
Stephen Loxton
Gary Smith

Sports Law

Satinder undertakes some of the most complex and valuable sports injury, clinical negligence and personal injury cases that are litigated. Most of the cases which he is involved with have a multi-million pound valuation and are of high complexity, sensitivity or raising novel issues.

Satinder also works on a range of general commercial work, insurance, manufacturing liability (including industrial plant and materials, consumer products and pharmaceuticals), professional negligence (legal, sports, media, accountants and finance, architects and related professionals).

He is involved in a diversity of sports cases. Those have arisen from contractual disputes arising between sportsmen and agents, professional negligence of legal teams arising out of representation of clients at sports arbitration, career ending and catastrophic life changing injuries to sportsmen particularly professional footballers and failings in safety in the organisation of sports events resulting in major losses and catastrophic injuries to spectators.

The work involves acting for a diverse range of clients from high profile and professional sportsmen and other professionals to global and national corporations, partnerships and other legal entities, public institution and bodies.

Recent Cases

H v. Y Hotel Ltd(Loss of hotel and restaurateur business in Jersey following a hotel and use of termination clauses in the head tenancy)

T v X Solicitors  (Professional negligence of legal team arising itself from a professional negligence claim against accountants for losses arising in respect of wrongful income tax and VAT payments and resulting in the dissolution of the business)

P v Z Hotel(Diving accident in hotel pool causing serious spinal injuries in Spain)

Multi-Parties v. Amateur Motorcycle Association (Speedway event accident arising out of the mismanagement of trackside safety resulting in a competing motorcycle leaving the track and entering the spectators’ arena causing major losses)

Re P  (Professional negligence claim against Counsel and Solicitors brought by a football agent for the negligent management and compromise his contractual claim against a premiership footballer during a final hearing before  a Sports Arbitration Tribunal)

Re F(Loss of career of a championship footballer as a result of brain injury)

Re: X (Child suffering catastrophic concussive injuries in a rugby match: the claim involving the refereeing and medical standards of the match)

Re: Premiership Football Club (Contractual and tortious dispute arising out of the medical management and contractual termination of a footballer at a top tier premiership football club).

L v. C Health Board (Mismanagement of spinal compression resulting in high paraplegia of an amateur boxer)

Re: M (Brain injury suffered as a result of the mismanagement and supervision of open water diving)



"He is a dynamic barrister and is exciting to work with. He is very good with the clients and has a very good idea of what a claim is worth. He is able to express complex ideas very simply and get to the heart of a case."

Chambers UK


Satinder Hunjan QC undertakes a range of general commercial work, insurance, private and manufacturing liability (including industrial plant and materials, consumer products and pharmaceuticals), construction and professional negligence (legal, sports, media, accountants and finance, architects and related professionals).

The work that he undertakes is of very high value (multi million). It often involves issues which are novel and challenging. The matters are inevitably of particular complexity and often involve highly technical and specialist expert issues and disputes. He has a strong interest in work within an international framework including jurisdictional issues.

Satinder has significant experience in the personal injury field of acting on behalf of claimants and defendants in major injury claims including injuries of the utmost severity, and he has a special interest in brain and spinal injuries. Satinder also undertakes litigation on behalf of claimants and defendants in all areas of clinical negligence. This includes substantial claims involving cerebral palsy and other birth injuries; severe brain and spinal injuries; injuries of the utmost severity; claims arising from the use of medical products and equipment; human rights; medical ethics and disciplinary and similar proceedings.

Satinder Hunjan QC acts on behalf of medical and other professionals and interested parties in disciplinary and other similar proceedings and inquiries. He also acts in criminal proceedings which involve fatal, multi party and other very serious accidents and incidents and which are likely to have a significant impact on the workings and activities of the commercial and other organisations involved. He has acted in defence of many national and major companies and organisations in prosecutions brought by the Health and Safety Executive and local authorities. He has been instructed by many of the major insurers and loss adjusters in such proceedings, seeking to preserve their interests in respect of any subsequent civil or commercial claims. His work includes advisory work undertaken in contemplation of criminal, disciplinary and other processes.

Year of Call: 1984

Year of Silk: 2002

Sports Barrister of the Year 2016; Finance Monthly Magazine

Clinical Negligence Barrister of the Year 2015; Lawyer Monthly Magazine


Areas of Expertise



Professional Negligence Bar Association

Personal Injuries Bar Association


Recorder (2003)

Appointed to sit as a Deputy High Court Judge (2008)



"His ability to pinpoint the most obscure of points in a case to support a line of argument that can often take his opponent by surprise, allows him to hit a home run for his clients in spectacular fashion." "Fantastic at negotiation, he really gets the results that other barristers don’t."
"His tactical thought process is something very few have but when that is coupled with his enviable power of elocution, he stands alone in the field." "His client communication is second to none and he has years of experience running brain injury cases." 
Chambers UK, 2018

"His tactical awareness is excellent." "The closer we get to the court door, the more his capabilities shine through."
"Tactically brilliant, approachable, excellent with clients, pragmatic, robust and unflappable." "Very approachable, reliable and intelligent."
Chambers UK, 2017

‘Calm and collected on his feet and exceptionally strong in negotiations.’
Legal 500 2017

"His client communication is second to none and comes with years of experience in brain injury cases." "He is a dynamic barrister and is exciting to work with. He is very good with the clients and has a very good idea of what a claim is worth. He is able to express complex ideas very simply and get to the heart of a case."
“He has tactical nous and up-to-date knowledge of the latest decisions on aspects of special damages claims. He's very reassuring with the clients; a sharp brain.” “He's exceptionally good on case tactics, calm on his feet and approachable.”
Chambers UK, 2016

Terrifyingly good – it is as if he sees the world in slow motion"
Legal 500 2015

"He is very sharp intellectually and gets a very good result for the client - he's very good tactically." 
"He is a really tough negotiator."
"He is bold and tenacious, and has superb tactical awareness."
Chambers and Partners 2015

‘He is not afraid to take a difficult case forward.’
Legal 500 2014

No5 Chambers’ key silks include Satinder Hunjan QC, who is ‘an excellent tactician and technical lawyer’ and ‘always puts the client first’. 
Legal 500 2013

Satinder Hunjan QC receives regular instructions in complicated, high-value clinical negligence cases, and is recognised as an expert in sports-related cases in particular. He is many instructing solicitors' "counsel of choice for high-value brain injuries" because "he is very tactically astute and has real commercial sense." He is also "excellent in negotiations; you can guarantee that he will be able to maximise the damages on any case." One delighted client simply stated: "He's the governor - you don't need anyone else." 
Chambers UK 2013


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