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Maxwell Chambers Suites
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Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

Outside working hours, a member of our team is always available to be contacted on matters of an urgent nature. Contact should be made using the Chambers main number or email.

For our Singapore office, for client enquiries please contact our BD Director, Asia Pacific, Lara Quie and for all other queries please contact Lynn Quek. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

London

Twenty Essex
London
WC2R 3AL

enquiries@twentyessex.com
t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

Singapore

28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

31/10/2022

UK Anti-Doping v Boardman

In an operative award issued on 28 September 2022, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has found that England Wheelchair Rugby League’s Wayne Boardman is able to return to competition with immediate effect.

The athlete had tested positive for oxandrolone and was subject to a provisional suspension pending the National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP) hearing. Under the 2021 UK Anti-Doping Rules, the default sanction was a four-year prohibition from participation in any capacity in wheelchair rugby. However, the NADP panel found that the athlete bore no fault or negligence for the violation, and accordingly held that the period of ineligibility should be eliminated entirely.

On appeal by UKAD, CAS overturned the NADP’s finding that there had been no fault or negligence. However, it accepted the athlete’s alternative argument that he bore no significant fault or negligence, and held that the applicable sanction should be one of 13 months (at the lower end of the possible scale). It further accepted the athlete’s argument that the ban should be backdated to the date of sample collection. The result is that Mr Boardman is able to return to competition with immediate effect and participate in the upcoming Rugby League Wheelchair World Cup 2022.

Luke Pearce and Courtney Grafton appeared on behalf of Mr Boardman in the NADP and CAS proceedings.

See the statement from UKAD

See the statement from RFL

Relevant members
Courtney Grafton Luke Pearce
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