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Matthew Chantler

+44 (0) 161 234 8719
+44 (0) 161 234 8846

My specialist area

Sports Law, Charities, FA Registered Lawyer

I qualified in


My professional memberships/ networks

Manchester Young Solicitors Group
FA Registered Lawyer
RFL Registered Lawyer

What it's like to work at George Davies

I like working in such a friendly environment and with people who I can genuinely call friends.

My experience/ cases of note

I advise players' associations and their members (Professional Players Federation, Professional Footballers' Association, PFA Scotland, Rugby Players Association, 1eagu3), a number of professional football clubs, players and agents on regulatory and legal matters.

I act for clients on sports disciplinary matters (including anti-doping matters), image rights, sponsorship and endorsement contracts and contractual issues.

I have represented clubs and players, both nationally and internationally, in proceedings before the Football League (Football Disciplinary Committee), the FA, the Professional Football Compensation Committee (PFCC) and FIFA.

I have considerable knowledge of cases before the Court of Arbitration for Sport and recently acted as a ad hoc clerk on two anti-doping cases.

Recent examples include:
  • acting for a professional footballer on an anti-doping matter before a FA Regulatory Commission
  • advising a Premier League football club on the PFCC Regulations
  • advising the player associations and players at Portsmouth Football Club and Bradford Bulls Rugby Club
  • secretary of the Sean O’Loughlin Testimonial Committee

What I do when I'm not at work

I enjoy playing football (both 5-a-side and 11-a-side), golf (even though I'm hopeless!), watching football, watching Rugby League, travelling and socialising.