David Winnie

Senior Associate

Location

High Wycombe

LinkedIn

Very easy to deal with and inspires confidence in clients

The Legal 500, UK

David is a Senior Associate and head of the Sports team. He has been practising exclusively in the field of sports law for over 11 years and deals with all aspects of sports, acting for individuals and organisations across the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious matters in the sports sector.

He has acted for clients in relation to a wide variety of arbitral and disciplinary proceedings in several forums including the Football Association (FA) Rule K, the English Football League (EFL) Player Related Disciplinary Commission, EFL Appeals Committee, as well as FIFA’s DRC and the Court of Arbitration for Sport ((CAS) in Lausanne.

David acts for sports clients in non-contentious matters including club and individual sponsorship deals, club acquisition and image rights. He also served as a member of the Scottish Football Association’s Judicial Panel from 2019.

Prior to his career in law, David was a professional football player and coach who gained international recognition for his country at U21 level and he also won the Scottish FA Cup. David also participated in the Champions League, UEFA and ECWC competitions.

His career at the highest levels in professional football has given him a unique insight and experience into the world of sports and the legal issues involved in this sector. This experience has proven invaluable when assisting and advising clients.

Previous to joining Blaser Mills, David was a solicitor at a number of well-known City practices since 2010.

Key Experience

• FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) – Kris Boyd v. Club Eskisehirspor, 26 April 2012
• Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Lausanne – Arbitration CAS 2012/A/2910 Club Eskisehirspor v. Kris Boyd, 23 April 2013
• EFL Player Related Disputes Commission arbitration about the registration and scholarship offer to an academy player, and the entitlement of compensation to a football club, September 2018
• EFL Appeals Committee about jurisdiction of the EFL Player Related Disputes Commission, January 2019.

Key Publications

Club v Academy Player disputes. Littleton Chambers:
https://vimeo.com/329099565

Sky Sports Interviews: Considering Hearts FC legal challenge to suspension of season
https://www.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/football/12009674/hearts-partick-cases-could-suspend-next-spfl-season

https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11781/12008966/spfl-sports-lawyer-david-winnie-says-hearts-and-partick-thistle-legal-action-could-delay-2020-21-season

Warning re furloughing football players:
https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/sport/football/news/football-warned-implications-furloughing-players-18078094.amp

The Times: Potential damage caused by Hearts FC legal challenge
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/david-winnie-is-fearful-of-lasting-damage-as-relegated-pair-go-to-court-z0rkv5w2d

https://www.glasgowtimes.co.uk/sport/18474171.amp/

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hearts/what-are-next-steps-hearts-court-manager-return-training-scottish-cup-clash-hibs-2888272

https://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2020/07/04/sports-lawyer-and-former-hearts-player-david-winnie-on-the-pressure-facing-scottish-fa-panel-amid-open-warfare/amp/

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/sport/football/spfl/2277824/fight-to-the-finish/amp/

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/sport/football/5463404/david-winnie-uefa-50m-warning-spfl-empty-threat/amp/

https://theunionjournal.com/spfl-league-1-and-league-2-clubs-given-friday-deadline-to-submit-restart-plans-football-news/

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hearts/what-are-next-steps-hearts-court-manager-return-training-scottish-cup-clash-hibs-2888272%3famp

Live Sky Sports interview ahead of England v Iceland Euro game in France in 2016: https://vimeo.com/202415442

Career history

Jan 2021 - Senior Associate, Head of Sports - Blaser Mills Law
2017-2021 - Senior Solicitor, Head of Sports - Charles Douglas Solicitors LLP, Mayfair, London
2014-2017 - Solicitor, Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP, London
2010-2014 - Solicitor, Thomas Cooper LLP, London
2009 - 2010 - Assistant Solicitor, Squire Patton Boggs LLP, London
Oct 2009 - Qualified