ImageMark Afeeva (barrister) will be joining our ‘Winning in the business of sport’ and ‘Leading men’ panel at Inspirational YOU on Saturday 30th June 2012.

Mark is a barrister who practices at Matrix Chambers, London, in the areas of sports law, employment/discrimination law and media/entertainment law. He has been ranked for many years in the legal directories as a leading junior barrister in both sports law and employment law.

Mark grew up in SE London and went to Colfe’s School in Lee, before reading Law at King College London (LLB (Hons). He then obtained a Masters in Law (LLM) (again at King’s), before undertaking the Bar Vocational Course at the ICSL and proceeding to pupillage at 5 Raymond Buildings, Littleton Chambers and 1 Brick Court.

Mark is believed to be the first barrister instructed by a footballer to negotiate his transfer to a Premiership club and he has been involved in a number of disputes involving professional football players such as England internationals

Sol Campbell

Jermain Defoe

Jay Bothroyd

He has also advised football agents in respect of many transfer negotiations. Formerly a consultant to two sports‘ management companies, he is an appointed Arbitrator for Sport Resolutions, the independent dispute resolution service for sport in the UK.

In the employment sphere, Mark has developed a practice covering unfair and wrongful dismissal claims, which often overlap with sex, race and disability discrimination actions. He has particular experience of dismissal and discrimination claims brought against academic institutions and claims  brought by employees against investment banks (including Barclays Capital and Merrill Lynch) and other large financial institutions (e.g. Zurich Insurance).

With regard to media and entertainment law, Mark has acted in a number of cases involving defamation, malicious falsehood, the law of confidence and privacy and the law of contempt. He has advised recording artists on the terms of their management contracts. Mark formerly worked as a Libel Reader for The Independent, Mirror Group Newspapers and Associated Newspapers.

Finally, Mark is a Director of his family’s home care company, Holistic Community Care Ltd, and is a Director of Nema Investments Ltd, an African-focused investment consultancy