Gregory Ioannidis

Anti-doping law, football law

Gregory read Law in the UK and he graduated with a first degree in Law, a Masters in International Sports Law and a Doctorate in International Sports Law. He is an independent legal practitioner, Course Leader of the LLM International Sports Law in Practice at Sheffield Hallam University and an Academic Associate with Kings Chambers in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Gregory has 24 years of teaching experience in higher education and he is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has created, over the years, innovative under-graduate and post-graduate courses on Sports Law and Legal Skills, with emphasis on holistic/clinical legal education.

Gregory has an expertise in Sports Law and 22 years of experience in legal representation and advice before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), in Lausanne, Switzerland and FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber. He has represented over 100 athletes on allegations of anti-doping rule violations and has also acted for many football clubs and players from around the world. He deals with a number of different applications, ranging from doping in sport to players’ contracts and transfers, football law, European competition law, human rights and other regulatory matters.

Over the years, Gregory has advised and represented a number of high profile sports personalities. One of his most notable cases was the Greek Sprinters case, where he acted as Counsel for Mr Kenteris and Ms Thanou before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and successfully negotiated a multi-million pound out-of-court settlement with the IAAF. In recent years, he has advised the South-African track & field Federation on the Caster Semenya matter, Celtic FC on the FC Sion matter, he acted for the Chinese Taipei gold medalist Mu-yen Chu against the International Olympic Committee and for the heavyweight boxing champion Dillian Whyte.

Gregory publishes frequently and participates on TV and Radio interviews globally on several sports law issues and he is a regular contributor to Sky News and BBC News. In November 2009, he was voted in the “Top 20 of the World’s Most Influential Sports Lawyers” by Sports Business International.

Gregory is currently serving as a member of the Mentoring Team of the Pro-Bono Legal Service of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and he is responsible for anti-doping matters in connection with the Olympic Games.

Gregory Ioannidis