Joel Wallace Sports

Call: 2015


Joel maintains a busy practice that centres on his three legal interests: employment law, commercial/insolvency law, and law in sports.

Since joining St Philips in 2017, post-pupillage, Joel has undertaken work in a number of forums, including the High Court (in both its appellate and first-instance jurisdictions), the Employment Appeal Tribunal, and before sports arbitral panels/commissions. Joel also sits on the FA’s Anti-Discrimination Chairman’s Panel.

Advocacy and trial strategy formed the keystone of Joel’s training. Under the tutelage of David Maxwell and Amit Gupta. Joel observed and assisted in a range of disputes, including restraint of trade, derivative actions, Human Rights Act civil claims, discrimination claims, bankruptcy petitions, and directors’ disqualifications.

At university, Joel was a keen moot competitor and had considerable success: he placed second in City Law School’s BPTC moot despite being a GDL student, and competed in the Telders Public International Law Moot as a member of the UCL team.

Joel’s personal interests are diverse. Joel cooks Peruvian, speaks Norwegian and frequents Scotland. He undertakes volunteer work and, when time allows, enjoys playing five-a-side football.

Qualifications and Appointments

  • The FA’s National Anti-Discrimination Chairman Panel
  • Member of Middle Temple


  • BPTC (BPP) – Very Competent
  • LLM (UCL) – Merit
  • GDL (City) – Commendation
  • BA Theology (Nott) – First-Class Hons

Scholarships and Awards

  • Middle Temple – Queen Mother Scholarship (Middle Temple’s most prestigious scholarship)
  • Middle Temple – Blackstone Exhibition
  • BPP – BPTC Excellence Award
  • BPP – Advocacy Scholarship


  • Norwegian (fluent)



Joel represents and advises parties in a number of sporting contexts, including football, swimming and boxing. He has appeared in civil courts and before commissioned panels to represent clubs, regulators and participants.

This work requires Joel to draw on his pre-pupillage experience at the FA Regulatory Advocates’ Department where Joel prosecuted regulatory cases as sole advocate or as part of a team on behalf of the FA. Joel was involved and has acted in social-media cases, discrimination cases and player registration cases.

Currently, Joel sits as a part-time FA-appointed judge in player misconduct cases which involve charges under FA rule E3 (2).

Recent cases include,

  • Advising a sports regulator in a player contract dispute.
  • Appearing before a sports regulator’s child-safeguarding panel.
  • Appearing before a player dispute resolution commission.
  • Acting for a marketing consultant in a commercial dispute against a Football League club.
  • Defending a Football League club in a vendor dispute.

Joel accepts instructions in a range of sporting matters, including, doping, betting and registration; discrimination; misconduct; media comments; contract, commercial and employment disputes.

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