ProfileJohn Mehrzad specialises in commercial, employment and sports law. He acts in cases before the High Court, specialist tribunals or arbitration panels. John was formerly Vice President of a corporate advisory and investment fund and uses his experience in banking/funds, shareholder and partnership disputes. John regularly makes interim applications in his practice areas.
John has received numerous awards and appointments in recognition of his professionalism and expertise across all his areas of practice. For details see the Awards and Appointments tabs below.
John is one of only three juniors at the Bar of England & Wales below 14-years’ call who is ranked by Chambers & Partners in both employment and sports law. Overall he is 1 of only 4 junior barristers ranked in those areas. Recent legal directory comments include:
"He has a real eye for detail and is always prepared to advise in-depth at short notice." "He is very good at partnership and director disputes." (Chambers & Partners, 2016 - employment)
"He is an extremely impressive junior counsel. He takes time and great care to really understand the client’s business. He's also very accessible during case preparation." (Chambers & Partners, 2016 - sport)
"Excellent at injunction work and recommended for his handling of restrictive covenant cases". "He has a really good manner with clients but is also tenacious. He punches above his weight" (Chambers & Partners, 2015 - employment)
"John is involved in contractual disputes and disciplinary proceedings in football and rugby, acting on behalf of players, managers and agents. His diligence, advice, responsiveness and willingness to see the bigger picture are impressive" (Chambers & Partners, 2015 - sport)
"He knows the law, but equally importantly he knows how sport works” (Legal 500, 2005 – sport)
"John is frequently engaged by a range of leading silks, and was recently led in a substantial breach of fiduciary duties case. He’s got the right balance between demonstrating his intellect and fitting in as part of a team when appropriate. He’s exactly the sort of person you want for sensible responsive employment advice, and offers first-class legal analysis” (Chambers & Partners, 2014 - employment)
"He really understands the legal framework of sport and sports regulation” (Legal 500, 2014 - sport)
John is experienced before the Court of Appeal, High Court, Employment Appeal Tribunal, Court of Arbitration for Sport, FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber and Player Status Committee, Premier League Adjudication and Appeal Panels, FA Arbitration Panels, Premier League Managers’ Arbitration Tribunal and RFU Disciplinary and Appeal Panels. He also maintains an Employment Tribunal practice across the UK, including Scotland and Northern Ireland.
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