Christopher Quinlan QC of Guildhall Chambers has been appointed as one of ten Legal Members of the newly formed National Child Safeguarding in Sport Panel – a joint initiative between Sport Resolutions and the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit. Over the coming months, Sport Resolutions and the NSPCC will develop two specific services. One of those services is an independent national child safeguarding in sport panel to which governing bodies will be able to refer disciplinary cases which carry a high threshold risk to children and also where there is a risk of reputational damage to a sport. Christopher Quinlan QC will chair tribunals whose purpose will be to decide the suitability of individuals to work with children and young people.
Christopher Quinlan QC advises, appears before and chairs disciplinary tribunals in a growing number of sports, including rugby union, football and British Horseracing Authority.
He chairs Rugby Football Union disciplinary tribunals. He has chaired a large number of such hearings, including sending offs and citing complaints, competition appeals and child protection cases. He chairs cases at all levels of the game, including English Premiership and International. He also chairs disciplinary hearings arising out of European Rugby Cup and Six Nations matches.
Christopher Quinlan QC is an International Rugby Board Judicial Officer. He was a Judicial Officer at the Rugby World Cup 2007, presiding over a number of disciplinary hearings during the tournament. In addition, he was the Judicial Officer for the Under 19 World Championship held in Ireland in April 2007. He acted as Judicial Officer for Rugby World Cup 2007 qualifying matches staged in Italy, Georgia and Portugal. In June and July 2008 he was in Australia to act as the judicial officer for two test matches Australia played against France.
Christopher Quinlan QC has chaired hearings involving breaches of anti-doping provisions and was appointed a legal member of the recently established National Anti-Doping Panel.
As well as rugby union, Christopher Quinlan QC has chaired a number of Football Association Appeal Board hearings and also been instructed to chair disciplinary proceedings in other sports, including lawn tennis.