March 13 2019

How to prepare and present a case before a disciplinary tribunal

Christopher Quinlan QC, Sport Resolutions panel member and a barrister with Guildhall Chambers, will be delivering the seminar that will focus on considerations and steps to take to efficiently prepare a case for presentation before a disciplinary tribunal.


Session 1
  • From a number of allegations, narrowing down information and identifying the most appropriate charges, mindful of the applicable rules.
  • Selecting evidence to support your case: which witnesses to present and the credibility/willingness of those individuals to testify, documentary evidence, and relevance to the charges.
Session 2
  • Once all evidence and submissions are exchanged, bundle creation and submission.
  • Collaborative approaches between parties: agreed statement of facts, agreed suggested directions, timetabling of the hearing.
  • Preparation for hearing: time zones, A/V requirements, witness contact details, catering, and liaison with tribunal secretariat.
  • Practical Exercise / Case Scenario
Who should attend?
  • National Governing Bodies
  • Sporting clubs
  • Lawyers working with National Governing Bodies and sports clubs
  • Academics/Students



Session 1




Session 2



Christopher Quinlan KC

Christopher Quinlan KC

Christopher is a sports and criminal law King’s Counsel.

He is an accomplished trial advocate and Crown Court Recorder. He is a highly experienced chair of numerous sport tribunals. He has written several sporting reviews commissioned by national governing bodies. He chairs World Rugby's Independent Judicial Panel and also the Football Association’s Independent Judicial Panel Chair. In January 2023 he was appointed the inaugural Chair of the English Football League (‘EFL’) Club Financial Review Panel.

Christopher led a review of the structure, composition, and operation of the British Horseracing Authority (‘BHA’) Disciplinary Panel, Appeal Board and Licensing Committee. The resulting ‘Quinlan Review’ made far-reaching recommendations to bring the process in line with current best practice. The BHA accepted all 24 recommendations.

Christopher led an independent review into events at Wrexham Tennis Centre which was published in January 2019. In summer of 2020 Christopher conducted an independent review and evaluation of the safeguarding policies and procedures of UK Athletics. Christopher is currently overseeing and managing the British Gymnastics (‘BG’) specialist Independent Complaints Process (‘ICP’) handling a wide range of safeguarding complaints.

Christopher is an experienced member of the Sport Resolutions administered National Anti-Doping Panel as well as Sport Resolutions' National Safeguarding Panel.