How to Manage Spot-Fixing Cases in Sport

How to Manage Spot-Fixing Cases
in Sport
Thursday 29 January 2015
10.00am – 4.00pm
1 Salisbury Square, London, EC4Y 8AE
In recent years there have been an increasing number of high profile spot-fixing cases
across a wide range of sports. The impact of such cases is not just damaging for the
Sport in question, but the wider sporting community as a whole, eroding public
confidence and potentially damaging commercial revenues.
By drawing heavily on case study material the seminar will take a very practical
approach and will explore and discuss issues that are relevant to match-fixing, spotfixing and integrity cases. The seminar will look at how NGB’s frame their rules and how
investigations develop from initial suspicion to gathering information and evidence by
working with external agencies.
This practical one day seminar will utilise Sport Resolutions’ expertise in administering
spot-fixing cases and will draw upon illustrative case examples, delivered by Sport
Resolutions’ panel members and those who act in such cases.
Governing Body Chairs
Chief Executives
Human Resource Staff and Disciplinary Officers
Athlete and Player Representatives
In-house and Private Practice Lawyers,
Nigel Mawer
Nigel was a Detective Chief Superintendent for the Metropolitan Police Service in the
Specialist Crime Directorate until 2010, which planned the operational response against
serious and organised crime relating to the 2012 Olympics.
He ran the recent corruption enquiry into the Pakistani cricketers, working closely with the
ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit. He now works as a freelance specialist advisor in areas
such as sport regulation and integrity in sport.
Nigel is Chair of the Darts Regulation authority and independent regulator of professional
darts. He is also Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee for the world professional Billiards
and Snooker Association
Ian Mill QC
Rated as a leading silk for sports disputes, ian has specialist knowledge of numerous sporting
issues, having acted for many individuals, teams, organisers, managers, governing bodies He
has chaired for the FA Premier League, Sport Resolutions, ICC Tribunal, ECB Child Protection
Appeal Panels, International Tennis Federation, the FA, the Football League, the RFU and the
British Boxing Board of Control
Ian was appointed to the Sports Advocacy Section of the London 2012 Olympic and
Paralympic Pro Bono Legal Advice and Representation service.
Kendrah Potts
Kendrah is a Senior Associate at Onside Law. She specialises in litigation, arbitration and
regulatory matters and regularly advises on disciplinary cases before SGB tribunals and CAS.
Prior to this, she spent two years at the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and
Paralympic Games as the lead lawyer on anti-doping and sports integrity.
Kendrah has acted for the Governing Bodies of tennis on a number of cases brought under
the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme. She has also acted for the ECB on a range of
disciplinary matters, from spot-fixing cases resulting in life bans to defending James Anderson
against misconduct charges brought by the ICC. She also acts for the Independent Reform
Commission set up by the UCI.
Registration and refreshments
Session 1 (Nigel Mawer) –Scope, definition and challenges
scope and definition of problem
practical examples of spot and match fixing across different sports
challenges for NGBs in tacking the problem
questions and discussion
Morning Break
Session 2 (Nigel Mawer) – Information and evidence gathering
initial response to match-fixing suspicions
investigation considerations and strategy
Case studies highlighting practical problems and issues in gathering evidence and information in
conjunction with external agencies
Questions and discussion
Session 3: issues to address in SGB anti-corruption rules
Provisional suspensions - procedure and when it is appropriate?
Privilege against self-incrimination
Standard of proof
Arbitral status - should this be addressed explicitly in the SGB rules or, if not, what factors will decide
whether it is an arbitration, and what are the consequences?
Appeals - scope for challenges to decisions of arbitral and non-arbitral panels
Afternoon Break
Session 4: SGB disciplinary proceedings
Seeking the assistance of the court
Evidential participation of the defendant
Other types of evidence
Sanctions – life bans, pleas and agreed sanctions, costs orders
SR Summary and Close
Sport Resolutions
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City Thameslink: 3 mins walk
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