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Chris Smith

Chris SmithAssociate

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I am an Associate in the Employment, Immigration and Reward department and a member of the Sports Business group.

I was previously a professional rugby player in New Zealand, and prior to joining Lewis Silkin in 2014 I was an exchange attorney in the legal department of the NFL Players’ Association in Washington, D.C.


I advise clients on all aspects of employment law, and have experience in contentious matters including restrictive covenant, confidentiality and team move litigation in the High Court, and Employment Tribunal claims.

Sports Business

My sports practice includes advising clients on employment matters, contractual negotiations and regulatory proceedings, as well as representing our clients in mediations and arbitrations.  I also have extensive experience in rugby disciplinary proceedings, representing International Rugby Unions, Premiership and European clubs, and their players before disciplinary committees at first instance, and on appeal.

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