Matthew Harding

Matthew Harding
Year of call:



2001 - Leeds Metropolitan University, LLB (Hons)

2002 - Manchester Metropolitan University, BVC


2002 - Pupil at 39 Park Square, Leeds

2003 - Tenant at 39 Park Square

2014 - Tenant at No 6, Leeds

2015 - No 6 becomes Park Square Barristers


Grade 4 prosecutor



North Eastern Circuit

Criminal Bar Association

Matthew Harding is a specialist in sports law, having a personal interest in the sports themselves as well as their management and governance. While he is happy to advise in all aspects of sport-related law, he has a particular interest in doping and ABP cases.

Matthew brings a keen forensic eye and meticulous case-management to this fast-growing area of law.

“Matthew understands the need for absolute discretion throughout any proceedings.”

Notable cases

In 2014, Matthew represented former Team Sky rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke before the National Anti-Doping Panel in London. This was the first Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) case to come before the UK’s National Anti-Doping Panel, and raised complex and novel scientific issues. The client had faced allegations of using a prohibited substance or method in contravention of the Anti-Doping Rules of cycling’s governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale, while riding for the Endura Racing Team in 2012.


He understands the importance of effective communication with professional and lay clients, and is always available to advise. Matthew’s effective manner leads clients to mention his care and attention towards them and their cases. This is reflected in effective submissions, often in the most difficult and challenging matters.


Matthew provides training to solicitors on a number of subjects, in-house or in chambers.

Contact Matthew’s clerk

Madeleine Gray on 0113 202 8603

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250


Chambers and partners 2018