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Matthew Harding

Year of call:
2002
Education:
2001
Leeds Metropolitan University, LLB (Hons)
2002
Manchester Metropolitan University, BVC
Career:
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
Memberships:
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.

Approach

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.

Training

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

Contact Matthew’s clerk

Please contact Madeleine Gray on 0113 202 8603

 

Chambers and partners 2018