Leeds barrister appointed to Sport Resolutions’s panel

Simon Lewis of Exchange Chambers in Leeds has been appointed to Sport Resolutions’s panel of arbitrators and mediators.

In his role as a development mediator and arbitrator, Lewis (pictured) will be involved in cases relating to: employment and discrimination; integrity and discipline; commercial matters; football; athlete selection and eligibility; and paralympic and disability issues.

The appointment complements his ongoing roles as a chair of England Boxing’s disciplinary panel and as a non-executive director of the West Riding County Football Association. It also builds more generally on his sports law practice, in which he has acted for a number of well-known football clubs.

Exchange Chambers achieved record turnover of £30.8 million for the 2017/18 financial year—a rise of 7.3% on last year’s £28.7 million.

The chambers has now set its sights on further expansion in Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool.

Tom Handley, chief executive at Exchange Chambers, said: “It is encouraging to report that chambers has enjoyed such a strong financial year. All our departments and practice areas have played their part and our Leeds chambers has enjoyed its best ever year.”

“Our financial results reflect the quality of our people and the strength of our client-base. Since opening in Leeds eight years ago, chambers has gone from strength to strength.”

Handley added: “Moving forward, our strategy is to further increase our presence and market share on the North Eastern and Northern Circuits. We will continue to build long-lasting partnerships with solicitors and clients with whom we share values.”

Exchange Chambers will also be keeping its members’ contributions at the same level, around 12%.

Handley commented: “This is a very important measure as it demonstrates sound financial management. Members’ contributions are highly competitive while flexible arrangements are also available and can be tailored to the individual.”