Phil Hutchinson

Phil Hutchinson

Principal Associate

What can Phil do for you?

Phil is a commercial litigator and specialist in sports litigation and sports regulatory matters, with a particular focus on the football industry. He has significant experience in working on match fixing and doping cases across a variety of sports, having acted on some of the biggest cases in the industry.

Phil also has expertise in advising on player transfers in football, most notably where work permits are required, and has represented players, agents and clubs on deals totaling hundreds of millions of pounds. 

Phil is also the only UK member of the Independent Ethics Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency, an inaugural Board tasked with implementing and adjudicating cases brought under the WADA Code of Ethics.

Having undertaken a secondment at the UK's leading luxury automotive manufacturer earlier in his career, Phil also regularly advises clients in the automotive industry on all aspects of litigation.  

Supporting your ambitions

Phil represented Daniel Sturridge and Kieran Trippier in their respective high profile cases brought by The FA in relation to alleged breaches of The FA betting rules. 

He has also successfully represented a prominent football manager in a multi-million pound breach of contract claim against the manager's former club. Phil advises a number of leading sports agencies on regulatory and litigious matters. 

He has advised one of the biggest football clubs in Scotland for several years on its international player transfers where work permits have been required by the Scottish Football Association.

What do others say?

"Phil Hutchinson is quickly becoming one of the UK's top sports disciplinary lawyers. He has an excellent list of clients and has been involved in some of the biggest cases in the last year or two. He always goes above and beyond what you would expect for his clients. He is market-leading when it come to betting cases" Legal 500 2021

Phil is ranked as a Rising Star in the West Midlands by Legal 500 and an Associate to Watch in Chambers UK.

What else should you know?

Phil speaks German and is also a Trustee of Sport Birmingham.

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