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Recent case wins

  • 16/03/2018 2:01:00 PM
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Recent case wins

Paul Horvath and the Team at SportsLawyer have been involved in some recent cases with successful outcomes.  Here are a few:

  • Sportslawyer represented a national level athlete in an investigation conducted by ASADA relating to an alleged doping offence, part of a broader investigation.  After making comprehensive submissions to ASADA and providing supporting documentation in response to proposed assertions by ASADA of alleged anti-doping violations, and in support of the athlete’s position, the charges were not proceeded with and the athlete received no penalty. 
  • Provided detailed advice to a national sport in relation to a child safety investigation, and assisted in ensuring that any allegations by the respondent that the investigations and findings were unlawful, or in any way breached the respondent’s rights to procedural fairness, or were defamatory, were properly dealt with and responded to, such that the matter resolved satisfactorily for our client without legal action ensuing, despite legal letters.
  • Drafted constitutions for a number of State sporting Associations under the umbrella of a national client, tailoring the constitution to the number of individual members and member clubs;
  • Advised a client as to a draft National Child Safety Policy and draft Member Protection Policy, providing comment on the draft;
  • Paul Horvath of the Team presented a detailed seminar to the Law Institute of Victoria on the duty of care in sport and child protection on 12th March, 2019. 
  • Conducted a major review of the governance process of a significant Victorian sporting organisation.
  • Represented a World Champion sportsperson in relation to an alleged breach of anti-doping rules (under WADA Code) and succeeded in having charges fully dismissed
  • Represented a swimming coach banned at the World Swimming Championships for life for alleged misbehaviour, and had the ban reduced to eight (8) months which was time already served up to the date of the appeal, and the case set new law on defining what constitutes behaviour that "brings a sport into disrepute"; attended Court of Arbitration for Sport ("CAS") Lausanne, Switzerland to run the case
  • Represented an eight time national go-kart champion in the Australian Motor Sport Appeal Court and succeeded in having a race penalty overturned at the national championships, resulting in the driver successfully receiving his next National Championship Trophy
  • Successfully represented a national champion boxer in CAS after arguing that banning a boxer with a pacemaker was a breach of the International Boxing Rules, and was discriminatory after producing medical evidence that there was no significant risk to the boxer's health by boxing.
  • Acted on behalf of an AFL Club and its players in relation to AFL Tribunal and AFL Tribunal Appeal hearings.
  • Acted on behalf of National Sporting Body in drafting complex Athlete and Official Agreements for participation in international competition. 
  • Represented a leading Australian Group 1 winning greyhound trainer in defending charges brought by Greyhound Racing Victoria.