Daniel White

Daniel White is a specialist barrister practising in the field of Sports Law. He sits in various first instance and appellate Judicial roles and has represented many high profile clients.
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Daniel White

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  • RFU and Appeals Chair 2011
  • Chair of RFU Anti-Doping Panels 2014
  • Six Nations Judicial Officer 2015
  • World Rugby Judicial Officer 2016
  • Legal Arbitrator for Sport Resolutions
  • Judicial Officer for European Professional Club Rugby (“EPCR”)
  • Disciplinary Officer for the National Clubs Association


  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Member of the Bar Midlands Circuit

Area of Expertise

  • Sports Law
  • Crime
  • Professional Disciplinary disputes

Sports Law

Daniel undertakes some of the most complex and high profile sports disciplinary cases before the UK and foreign sporting Tribunals. His expertise lies in representing both Governing Bodies and those accused of Disciplinary infringements.

Most of the cases which he is involved in concern professional or semi-professional sports men and women, however, Daniel also undertakes pro bono or reduced rate cases for those accused of Sports Disciplinary infringements. His cases range from issues of high complexity and sensitivity to anti-doping violations.

Daniel also works on a range of general criminal and licensing work, which gives him the edge in those proceedings involving issues of a similar nature.

He is involved in a diversity of sports cases including those arising from contractual disputes between Sports Governing Bodies, sports related charities and commercial contracts linked to sports merchandising.

Daniel doesn’t simply appear as an advocate before the various Disciplinary Panels, he also sits in a range of Judicial capacities. He is presently a Judicial Chairman for the Rugby Football Union (“RFU”), an Appeal Tribunal Chair for RFU panels, one of the English Judicial Officers for the Six Nations Competition and a Judicial Officer for World Rugby (“WR”) sitting on European Professional Championship Rugby (“EPCR”) and international Disciplinary hearings. Several of Daniel’s published judgements have been applied across various sporting jurisdictions in particular those cases involving alleged breaches of regulations as a result of comments upon social media.

Daniel’s work involves acting for a diverse range of clients from high profile and professional sportsmen and women to national corporations, partnerships and other legal entities, public institution.

Recent Cases

  • R v RH – successfully representing a professional jockey and horse trainer with regards to an allegation of rape.
  • R v B – successfully representing a British welter weight Champion boxer accused of GBH.
  • Advising the British Volleyball Association (“BVA”) on a merchandising and contractual dispute.
  • Advising the Professional Footballers Association (“PFA”) with regards to their image rights.
  • Advising representatives of The Football Association (“FA”) with regards to the Bribery Act 2010 and its implications upon talent identification and contracting.
  • British Association of Councillors and Psychotherapists (“BACP”) v KR – successfully representing (before the BACP Appeal Panel) a qualified Councillor with regards to her ability to practise and be a member of their Association.
  • English Ice Hockey Association v GB – successfully overturned an appeal decision relating to an alleged “blindsiding incident” expunging the associated 12 week suspension.

Year of Call: 2003


Daniel White undertakes a range of general criminal, licensing and sports law work. Within each field Daniel has developed a reputation for specific expertise.
Within the criminal field he is regularly instructed to, privately, defend those accused of high value fraud, violence and serious sexual offences. Daniel has lectured prosecuting authorities, solicitors practises and all manner of sports teams / players on topics ranging from, “An update on confiscation law”, “The etiquette of the advocate” and more generally on how best to achieve results when before Sports Disciplinary Tribunals. He has achieved notable results consistently throughout his thirteen years of practise and is recognised within the Legal 500, “always provides advice and opinions quickly”.
Within the licensing world Daniel has represented international corporations and FTSE companies as well individuals accused of license infringements. Daniel has appeared before Tribunals and courts at every level of licensing dispute and has a faithful following of clients who insist upon his ongoing representation for their businesses, pub groups, breweries, clubs, strip clubs and betting establishments. Daniel advises on and represents in relation to Security Industry Authority (“SIA”) licenses, premises licenses and personal licenses.
Daniel has significant experience of acting on behalf of defendants who stand to lose their business through the revocation of a particular licence. Through his representation he has managed to ensure that all manner of licensed premises have been able to continue operating either with the previously existing licence conditions or with variations such that they remain a viable entity. Daniel has retained or varied licenses for late night food venues, pubs, clubs, strip clubs, betting shops and casinos.
Daniel acts on behalf of medical and other professionals and interested parties in disciplinary and other similar proceedings and inquiries. He also acts in criminal proceedings which involve fatal, multi-party and other very serious accidents which are likely to have a significant impact on the viability of the company and other organisations involved. He has successfully prosecuted companies and organisations on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive (“HSE”), The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (“BIS”) and The Office of Rail and Road (“ORR”).
For over ten years Daniel has been appointed to the Attorney-General’s unified list of prosecutors; as such he has prosecuted and defended a large number of cases brought by these specialist Government Departments.

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The Sports Barrister

Sports Barrister is a trading name for Daniel White who is a specialist Sports Lawyer providing confidential legal advice and advocacy services for those accused of sporting disciplinary breaches. Dan works closely with the elite in the UK sports industry from amatuer to professional athletes.
Other law services include, licensing Law, Regulatory Law, Anti-Doping Violations, Private Criminal Defence and Professional Disciplinary Tribunals.


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