Liverpool barrister appointed to Football Association panel

A barrister from Exchange Chambers in Liverpool will help decide on both on-field and off-field matters in his role with the Football Association

Richard McLean
Richard McLean is joining Exchange Chambers in Liverpool


Richard McLean from Exchange Chambers in Liverpool has been appointed, for a three-year term, to the Football Association’s judicial panel.

In his role Mr McLean will be asked to chair hearings on a wide range of matters. Those might include hearings relating to on-field issues, such as wrongful dismissals, player misconduct, technical area misconduct, club misconduct or issues relating to crowds.

Alternatively, they might include off-field matters, such as discrimination, anti-doping/drugs, media comments, betting and match-fixing, or issues relating to intermediaries.  The panel deals with cases from across all applicable levels of the game, up to and including the Premier League.

Mr McLean, who was called to the Bar in 2011, is experienced in work relating to the regulation of professional conduct in a variety of fields including sport and anti-doping.  He also specialises in employment and discrimination law.

He joined Exchange Chambers from 1 Chancery Lane in September 2021 – continuing the trend of London-based practitioners relocating to the northern set.

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