Blondel Thompson Sports

Call: 1987


Blondel has been a practising barrister for 20 years specialising in crime and sports law. She prosecutes and defends a variety of cases from Murder and Manslaughter to offences under the Theft Act. In a recent case, she defended one of four defendants facing an indictment containing 51 counts of historical rape, buggery, indecent assault.

In 1998 she became a Panel member for the Disciplinary Tribunals of UK Athletics. In 2010 Blondel was appointed as arbitrator for the Court of Arbitration for Sport, (based in Lausanne Switzerland). She is also a Panel member for the Inns of Court from which Disciplinary Tribunals of the Bar are drawn.

Appointed as Chairwoman in 2001 for The Football Association Appeals Board, that was extended in 2005 by Sports Resolutions to other areas such as Swimming, Anti-Doping, Child Protection and the Illegibility Appeal involving Sports Council Recognition of a sport.

In May 2013 Blondel Thompson was successfully interviewed and placed on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon List of Victims Counsel.

Appointed to the Ad-Hoc Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) as an arbitrator judge to cover the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014.

Appointed as Specialist Member of the National Anti-Doping Panel.

2015 – Admitted to the International Criminal Court List of Counsel, The Hague, The Netherlands.


As a former British and Common Wealth record holder in athletics, two brothers who made their living from professional football and a son who is a former World Indoor Champion at 400m has enabled Blondel to develop an expertise in Sports law. She has been instructed by Sport Resolutions since 2001 as Chairwoman in cases of Child protection, Football, Swimming, Anti-Doping and the Illegibility Appeal involving Sports Council recognition of a sport. Blondel has also recently arbitrated in a dispute pursuant to FA Rule K(8).

Blondel is now classified as a Football specialist and chair a variety of Appeal cases where the rules of the Football Association are infringed by footballers, referees, coaches and agents. These cases are presented by the Appellants in person, but solicitors, counsel and Queens Counsel present the more complex cases.

Notable cases;

McMillan v UK Anti Doping  (Appeal)

Thompson v UK Anti Doping (Appeal)

UK Anti Doping v Awad

UK Anti Doping v Songhurst

Spartan Youths Football Club V Middlesex County Football Association Appeals Board

Paul Stretford v Football Association Appeal Board

Appeal of John Turnbull v The Football Association Safeguarding Review Panel

The Football Association Appeal Board v Martin Gray – Darlington 1883 Football Club

The Football Association v Peter Eastwood Disciplinary Commission

The Football Association Regulatory Commission v Rio Ferdinand

The Football Association Regulatory Commission  V Ben Hamer

National Anti Doping Panel V Watt

National Anti Doping Panel V McMillan

Wada v IWWF v Rathy


In 2012 Blondel was appointed as a judge on the National Child Safeguarding in Sport Panel.

In 2010 Blondel was appointed as a judge in the Court of Arbitration for Sport based in Lausanne.

Appointed to the Ad Hoc Division of the Court Of Arbitration For Sport (CAS) as an Arbitrator Judge to cover the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014

2014  - Appointed as a Specialist Member of The National Anti-Doping Panel.

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