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Jonathan Ellis



Business DisputesSport


Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Jonathan is joint head of Charles Russell Speechlys' Sports Group. He acts for sports governing bodies, teams, broadcasters and individuals in High Court litigation, arbitration proceedings (including before the Court of Arbitration for Sport), regulatory matters and disciplinary cases.

Jonathan has acted for The Football Association for more than 10 years. His experience includes advising on a wide range of the Rules and Regulations that apply to the English game, as well as representing The FA in arbitration, disciplinary and court proceedings, including the current Hillsborough Inquests. He has advised the Scottish Football Association on the introduction of their disciplinary regulations and acts for leading clubs and players on a wide range of contentious matters.

Away from football, Jonathan's experience includes acting for the Welsh Rugby Union in High Court proceedings and in relation to regulatory matters, the Indian cricket team in disciplinary proceedings, the RFU on the drafting of their disciplinary regulations and Premiership Rugby in relation to the operation of its salary cap.

Jonathan is ranked a leading individual for Sports Law by Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal and has twice been listed by Sports Business as being one of the top 20 influential lawyers working within the sport sector.

He lectures on the BASL/DMU postgraduate certificate in sports law, is a co-editor of World Sports Law Report and is a contributor to both Sport: Law and Practice and The Sports Law Review.

Jonathan is admitted to practise in England and Wales.


  • Hillsborough Inquests
  • UKAD v Warburton Williams
  • ACF Fiorentina v Salah / Chelsea FC
  • ECB v Jadeja
  • Doncaster Rovers Belles v The FA
  • London Welsh v RFU / Newcastle Falcons
  • Pontypool v WRU
  • BBCW v UKA
  • Wayne Rooney v UEFA
  • IPL v Asif
  • Stretford v The FA
  • Mullins v Jockey Club