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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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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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James Tunbridge, LawBiref mediator James Tumbridge
James Tunbridge, LawBiref mediator

James Tumbridge

Recognised as a leader in ADR by Chambers and Partners, and the International Mediation Institute: James has wide jurisdictional experience having practiced as a litigation lawyer in England & Wales, the United States and Canada. He also spent 2 years as Chairman of the International Trade Mark Association’s ADR Committee, overseeing the panel of mediators and all ADR programming. James’ mediation experience is extensive both as a mediator and for parties, he has also made several applications as a barrister seeking Mediation directions from the English High Court and Patents County / Enterprise Court, and for costs sanctions for failure to use ADR. Additionally whilst resident in Canada he took part in numerous mediations under the compulsory mediation scheme in operation in Ontario.

Mediation experience has included disputes for – record labels; musicians; pharmaceutical companies; electronics companies; construction companies; divorce proceedings; probate; boundary disputes and solicitors negligence. James’ legal practice, being elected as Councillor and working for a Member of Parliament has given him experience of negotiating and mediating in both a business and people focused environments. In addition James has taken WIPO’s Arbitration course and acted as an arbitrator in mixed ADR formats, he has also been an arbitration assistant on an International Construction Arbitration with its seat in Canada, and has experience of advisory work relating to arbitrations in the USA and Europe.

He has experience in a range of subject areas including boundary disputes, commercial, construction, contract, data protection, property, intellectual property, licensing, employment, family and sports.

Disputes Experience

James has worked on disputes in several jurisdictions: Appearing in the English High Court, the English Court of Appeal, the House of Lords and Supreme Court. In addition he has worked on several cases that went to the Canadian Supreme Court and appeared before the Ontario Court of Appeal, and various lower level Courts in Ontario and Ohio, as well as appearing before the Supreme Court of the Falkland Islands and the Falkland Islands Court of Appeal.

James has also participated in mediations and arbitrations in both the Americas and Europe, and through his work in trade bodies and global ADR providers such as WIPO, INTA and IMI, he maintains a broad understanding of the best practices and developments in the UK and beyond. His private practice cases have covered: Real property, boundaries, mortgages, commercial contracts and loans, disputes over sports players and associated agreements, sponsorship, publications dealing with defamation and copyright, shipping and carriage of goods disputes, intellectual property, employment and data protection matters.

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