Max Duthie


  • Experience

    Max is a CEDR-accredited mediator and a practising lawyer who specialises in advising on disputes and regulation in the sports industry. He worked on several mediations after qualifying as a solicitor in the mid-1990s and his experience convinced him of the benefits of mediation as a dispute resolution tool. Max then trained as a mediator himself and was accredited as a mediator by CEDR in 2008. Following accreditation, Max quickly built up his mediation experience, initially working alongside some of the UK’s leading mediators. He has successfully mediated many disputes in a range of industry sectors over the last few years (e.g. general commercial, sports, media / entertainment, construction, real estate, landlord and tenant, professional negligence, personal injury). He has spoken at the mediation conference of the Court of Arbitration for Sport and is a member of various mediation panels.

    Max trained and has worked throughout his career as a disputes resolution / litigation lawyer, but his current legal practice is exclusively in sports. He advises clients in various sports, but predominantly football, rugby union, rugby league, cricket, tennis and cycling. He represents governing bodies, event organisers, agents, athletes, broadcasters and sponsors in these and other sports, and has worked on some of sport’s most significant legal cases in the last few years, such as the International Cricket Council’s prosecution of match fixing allegations against three Pakistan cricketers, and the ‘bloodgate’ case (in which European Rugby Cup prosecuted misconduct complaints against Harlequins and others for orchestrated cheating in the Heineken Cup).

    Max speaks regularly at conferences and has lectured at Liverpool University, Coventry University and the University of Sydney. He often contributes to the mainstream media on topical issues and has written many articles for the legal press. He has written chapters for a number of legal textbooks.

  • Education

    • MA and LL.M, Queens’ College, Cambridge (1989-1993)
    • Trained and qualified at leading legal practice Slaughter and May LLP

  • Achievements

    • Recognised by the legal directories as a leading legal practitioner and listed by Sports Business International as one of the world’s 20 most influential lawyers in sport.
    • One of only four solicitors to have been appointed to the pro bono legal service for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, selected to represent athletes before the Court of Arbitration for Sport during the 2012 Games. Also appointed to the equivalent panel for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
    • Appointed legal officer to the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Hong Kong and Australia, travelling with the squad for the seven-week tour and advising and representing management and players in disciplinary and other hearings.

  • Other Interests

    Max is an ex-professional athlete, having played professional rugby union in England and France.

  • Languages

    Max speaks French to a reasonable conversational level.

Arran Dowling-Hussey LawBrief, Barrister, Mediator and Arbitrator Arran Dowling-Hussey
Arran Dowling-Hussey LawBrief, Barrister, Mediator and Arbitrator

Arran Dowling-Hussey

Arran Dowling-Hussey has 14 years’ experience as a commercial Barrister.

Arran has been in full time practice as a Barrister in Dublin since 2003. He has also been called to the Bar in Belfast and London and has been associated with a number of chambers in the London area since 2007. As he is admitted in three jurisdictions he has often been briefed in cases that have a multi-jurisdictional element to them including but not limited to offering advices on which is the proper forum for any dispute. Arran is noted for his experience in construction and ADR related work and also has significant experience in commercial, employment, landlord and tenant cases and professional negligence disputes.

In Arran’s own words…

“I am keen to help clients resolve their problems as quickly and expeditiously as possible and where appropriate draw on a heavy background in Alternative Dispute Resolution. However, each dispute has to be considered on its own merits and the resolution of some disputes will be best served by traditional litigation. It is important to me to work to deadlines that well meet the needs of clients and to be clear as to the legal costs that clients are exposed to as a dispute progresses.”

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Bill Lister, LawBrief Mediator Bill Lister
Bill Lister, LawBrief Mediator

Bill Lister

Bill Lister is a highly experienced intellectual property litigator with expertise in all areas of intellectual property work, including the fields of contention copyright, registered and unregistered (passing off) trade marks, registered and unregistered UK and European design rights, patents and trade secrets (know how etc).

Bill has further experience in advising the areas of media law including libel, slander, confidentiality, privacy, BBC regulatory work, regulator referrals (Ofcom and IPSO).

A former barrister, Bill was for many years Head of Intellectual Property at Pannone LLP and is currently a Partner and Head of Intellectual Property in the Manchester office of Fieldfisher LLP where he acts for a number of global companies including Aurora Fashions Group (and its associated companies Karen Millen, Oasis, Coast and Warehouse for which he oversees their global trade mark and brand strategy) VW Ag and other well-known multiple high street retail outlets and business and organisations in both the private and public sectors.

Bill further acts for a large number of small and medium size companies and starter businesses advising them in respect of their general IP rights. Bill’s notably cases including:

  • Neville & Hill -v- Wilson & Others (constructive trusts relating to corporate share transfers);
  • Rugby Football Union & Nike -v- Cotton Traders Limited (trade marks in the red rose of England);
  • ScoreDraw Limited -v- Finch (trade marks in the historic playing badge of the Brazil FA);
  • Ultraframe Limited -v- Eurocell Limited (the qualification of damages for patent and intellectual property infringement);
  • Environmental Defence System Limited -v- Synergy Health plc and Others (case relating to a patent for the process of manufacturing flood defence systems);
  • Automobile Lamborghini SpA -v- Auto Transformation Limited (in which Bill acted for the iconic sports manufacturer Lamborghini protecting its design rights and trade marks).

Bill has been ranked by the Legal 500 as a Leading Individual in his field and by Chambers Director as a Leader in the Field for IP/Media each year since 2012. Bill is ranked as a Leader by the World Intellectual Property Review in its 2017 edition.

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Clive Rich LawBrief Mediator and Arbitrator Clive Rich
Clive Rich LawBrief Mediator and Arbitrator

Clive Rich

Clive Rich is a highly experienced entertainment and digital media lawyer, who has also successfully run digital businesses for companies such as Sony and Bertelsmann.

A qualified barrister, he has been a lawyer for almost 30 years and has drafted and crafted contracts for a broad spectrum of multi-nationals, major organisations and brands, including Yahoo, Apple, Napster, SanDisk, Myspace and the BBC.

He has also previously run his own legal practice, Rich Futures Ltd in association with the Top 30 UK law firm, Olswang LLP, representing a variety of technology companies and SMEs.

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Diana Wallis, LawBrief Mediator Diana Wallis
Diana Wallis, LawBrief Mediator

Diana Wallis

Diana Wallis has a long experience in the field of law and dispute resolution. Originally a London solicitor with more than sixteen years post qualification litigation work in the field of European cross border commercial litigation. She then pursued these interests as a leading legislator in the European Parliament. Diana is a Senior Fellow of the Law School at the University of Hull. A well-respected figure in mediation circles, Diana is a frequent speaker at events and has developed her own mediation skills being a qualified mediator with broad experience.

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Dorcas Crawford LawBrief Mediator Dorcas Crawford
Dorcas Crawford LawBrief Mediator

Dorcas Crawford

Having been a litigator for over 20 years and having seen clients becoming increasingly frustrated by the litigation process, in 2008 Dorcas came to the view that there must be a better way and completed her accreditation as a mediator with CEDR.

Since then she has conducted a number of commercial mediations, ranging from small construction disputes to an £11million procurement dispute. Mediations have also included high value banking disputes, an HMRC dispute, landlord / tenant disputes, professional indemnity cases, building disputes and a major adverse possession chancery case.

More recently her mediation work has expanded to include workplace mediation and conflict resolution work with boards of both commercial and 3rd sector organisations.

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