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Trinity Barrister Represents Macclesfield Town FC Before English Football League Disciplinary Commission


Trinity Barrister Richard Stubbs, has represented Macclesfield Town Football Club (MTFC) this season in successfully appealing the points sanctions imposed against it in an initial disciplinary commission hearing and then in two subsequent disciplinary commission hearings following breaches of English Football League (EFL) Regulations.

Both hearings concerned the late payment of players and the non-fulfilment of fixtures. The most recent decision, whilst sanctioning the Club, ensures that MTFC remains in the EFL, with the two point deduction placing it one point above relegation from the Football League and the other points sanction being suspended into next season as requested by MTFC.

The full decision and reasons are available here. The reasons pay tribute to the high quality submissions of Counsel and the cooperation of the parties in ensuring that the hearing could go ahead safely in these difficult times. Further details regarding the hearings can be found by following these links:
Macclesfield Town FC Press
English Football League Press

Richard is an accredited Mediator and a member of the Attorney General's Regional Panel A of Counsel. His practice covers sports law across various sports from football, rugby and boxing to show jumping. Richard is experienced in appearing before regulatory sports bodies in arbitrations. He is also a panel member of the Football Association (FA) National Anti-Discrimination Chairman’s Panel and a Rugby Football Union (RFU) Disciplinary Officer.

Richard is regularly recognised in the leading legal directories:
"A superb advocate." "He's an effective cross-examiner and very good at finding the cracks and exploiting them. He is also pragmatic and level-headed." "He is extremely strong on his legal knowledge and also excellent in his advocacy skills." "He provides high-quality and practical advice both in conference and in written format." Chambers UK 2020
"Extremely Capable and great with clients." "Good with clients and excellent before tribunals." Legal 500 2020

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