Legal world dominates sports anti-doping panel

Five QCs, two other barristers, two senior solicitors and a magistrate have been appointed to the National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP) to help tackle drugs cheats in UK sports.

The 16-strong line-up was announced by One Essex Court barrister and former FA Premier League chief executive Peter Leaver QC, who was appointed president of the NADP in February.

Leaver said he hoped all UK sports would eventually put doping cases before the panel. Currently many sports have their own tribunals for drugs cheats.

He added: “We are trying to get a consistent national anti-doping policy in place across the range of sports in this country.”

Legal members include 39 Essex Street silk Richard Davies QC, Deputy High Court judge Robert Englehart QC, Charles Flint QC from Blackstone chambers, David Phillips QC from Wilberforce Chambers and Farrar’s Building’s Patrick Harrington QC, who becomes vice president.

Field Fisher Waterhouse public and regulatory head Matthew Lohn will lend his weight to the panel, along with Harper Macleod head of litigation Rod McKenzie.

The legal division is completed by barrister Graeme Mew, of Four New Square, barrister Christopher Quinlan and Lorraine Johnson, who sits as a magistrate at Pontefract Magistrates Court.

The NADP will make judgements across a range of sports and starts work next month. The remaining panel members are a combination of doctors, scientists and sportsmen and women.

The non-legal contingent on the panel comprised two professors, an athletics coach, two doctors and a former athlete.