Fighting for competition

A number of preliminary skirmishes have already taken place in a Chancery Division action in which athlete Paul Edwards is taking the British Athletic Federation and International Amateur Athletic Federation to the High Court over a four-year competition ban they have imposed on him. Edwards, who is represented by solicitors Janes, is seeking damages from the two federations for allegedly acting unlawfully and unfairly, in restraint of trade and in breach of the Anti-Doping Convention 1989 and of the Treaty of Rome in suspending him from competing. He is also seeking to have the suspension lifted.