Former Premier League star appointed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport
Gareth Farrelly, solicitor and former professional footballer, has been appointed as a Court for Arbitration for Sport (CAS) arbitrator. effective from 2019 until 2022.
Gareth, a litigation and sports lawyer with North West law firm Bermans, has been officially appointed to settle disputes at the CAS, concerning the decisions of federations, associations or other sports-related bodies on an international level.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport is an international quasi-judicial body which settles disputes associated with sport through arbitration.
CAS has around 300 arbitrators from 87 countries with specialist arbitration and sports law knowledge.
Farrelly is a former Aston Villa, Everton and Bolton Wanderers footballer and famously saved Everton from relegation in 1998 when his goal earned a 1-1 draw with Coventry City, sending relegation rivals Bolton down instead by the slimmest of margins.
During his time at Bermans and his legal career he has been involved in numerous transfers and disputes concerning current and former players, including a leading Court of Arbitration for Sport case which resulted in changes being made to the rules.
Gareth’s other main focus at Bermans, is working with and advising sports people and high net worth individuals on poor advice received on investments/mis-sold financial products including tax avoidance schemes.
He is also a member of the Football Association’s judicial panel and sits on both the chairman’s panel and the football panel. He is a member of Sports Resolutions’ independent Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators.
Gareth Farrelly said: “I am humbled to be appointed as a Court for Arbitration for Sport Arbitrator – it is an incredible honour.
“I had a case there in 2007 and I always aspired to go back. I look forward to sitting with and learning from the best sports law arbitrators and lawyers in the world.
“I am incredibly grateful to all those that have assisted me along the way.”