The Sports Law Bar Association of Ireland (SLBA) is an all-Ireland association of barristers with specialist sports law knowledge and practices.  It aims to increase awareness of sports law and support barristers in providing the most up-to-date advice to sports law clients.

The SLBA actively organise events year-round and the SLBA Winter Conference took place on December 4, 2020, on the theme ‘Innovation in Anti-Doping’, with the introduction of the new World Anti-Doping Code 2021.  The event was opened by Paul McGarry SC and moderated by Louise Reilly BL.  John Treacy OLY, CEO of Sport Ireland, and Prof. Richard H. McLaren OC, delivered fantastic keynote speeches.


The SLBA also held several motivating webinars throughout the 2020/21 legal year, including:

• ‘The rise of the machine in esports’: Andrew Nixon, Sheridan’s Law Firm, and Trev Keane, Epic Global Agency, presented with Michael O’Sullivan BL.

• ‘The Impact of Covid-19 on football’: Gareth Farrelly, CAS Arbitrator, and Laura McCallum, Dundee United, discussed with Rob McTernaghan BL (Chair).

• ‘Equality in Dispute Resolution in Sports’ on the issue of gender inequality and challenges to the Paralympics, with Roderick Maguire BL, Alison Walker BL and Susan Ahern BL.