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Graham Stoker

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Graham Stoker is a recognised expert in national and international sports law.

Graham Stoker is a recognised expert in national and international sports law.

He has had extensive and unique experience as the former joint head of the UK governing body for motorsport, and is now the Deputy President for the World governing body for motorsport, the FIA, working out of Paris and Geneva. He has also settled disputes and advised in a wide range of other sports in the UK.

Other areas covered in Graham's broad based practice include local government and planning (leading junior in Legal 500), public law and parliamentary bills (Member of the Parliamentary Bar), administration law and judicial review, and compulsory purchase and compensation. He also has extensive knowledge of regulatory law, and corporate law and practice as applicable to non-profit organisations both in the UK and Europe.


Energy and Natural Resources
He has advised on a range of issues concerning sustainable energy supplies and natural resources including open cast coal mining; electricity generating plants; power stations; wind farms and other renewable energy schemes. He has appeared at public inquiry and also advised on the formulation of energy policies in Development Planning Documents. In terms of natural resources he has wide experience of minerals plans and also other resources such as ground water from aquifers and boreholes.

Housing Development
He acted in relation to the A45 New Settlement in Cambridgeshire; he is long standing adviser to the Locking Castle Consortium (Persimmon and Westbury) at Weston-Super-Mare; has been instructed by RPS, Bovis Homes, GL Hearne, Hunter Page, Mason Richards, Boyer Planning, Cole Easton, and Bell Cornwall on numerous housing appeals; appeared in wide range of housing appeals from prestigious single dwellings up to a 3,500 dwelling new community in East Devon at Exeter.

Heritage Planning
He was an advisor over many years to English Heritage including Hill Hall Motorway Service Area Inquiry; Trentham Gardens enabling development Inquiry; Orchard Leigh Estate, Frome Inquiry; Regent Hotel, Leamington Spar High Court challenge; City of Bristol College, Ashley Down acting for Prowting Homes (one of largest group of listed buildings in England); Jumbo Water Tower at Colchester; and a wide range of public inquiries involving listed buildings.

Town Centre Redevelopments and Food and Non-Food Retail
He has been involved in the Cribbs Causeway Regional Shopping Centre Inquiries 1 and 2; Emersons Green RSC; Comprehensive town centre redevelopments in Plymouth, Welwyn Hatfield and Sittingbourne; and a wide range of superstore inquiries including regularly appearing against Tesco, Asda, Safeway and Sainsburys to protect town centre retail. Major town centre redevelopment schemes including Plymouth, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, Bristol and Sittingbourne. He has extensive experience of leading teams and carrying out detailing cross examination in Retail Planning Inquiries.

Employment Land
He has acted in relation to the British Aerospace site in Hatfield (the largest employment site in the South East); the Euro centre and Abbey Park inquiries in the Thames Gateway at Swale; and a range of industrial inquiries, including issue of "funding cocktails" and contaminated land.

Other Developments
Thame Service Centre Inquiry; Motorway Service Areas at sites bordering the M25; Kollerdome Stadium Inquiry (Luton Town); promoted the new Football Stadium at Barnet FC; Kent Nature Conservation inquiry at Lappel Bank, Sheerness; North of Hertford "Superpit" inquiry; Hertfordshire Minerals Plan; Kent Waste Plan; South Gloucestershire Minerals and Waste Local Plan; and Open Cast Coal Mining Inquiries; has appeared for London Business School instructed by Colliers CRE; appeared at Crowfield and Little Gransden Airfield Inquiries; and has advised South Northants Council on the production of a Planning Brief to govern the redevelopment of the motorracing Circuit at Silverstone to retain the F1 Grand Prix.

Development Plans
He has promoted for the Planning Authority eleven local plans including the Hamble Local Plan; St Albans Local Plan; Welwyn and Hatfield Local Plan; Luton Local Plan; Stevenage Local Plan; South Northamptonshire Local Plan; Review of Welwyn Plan; Swale Local Plan; Welwyn Local Plan Review 2003; the East Devon Local Plan; and the Swale Local Plan Review.

He has presented objections to Local Plans including Westbury Homes at Stroud Local Plan; Heron Land Developments at South Gloucestershire Local Plan; Bovis Homes at Wokingham, Colchester and Winchester Local Plans; Barratt Homes, Bovis, Persimmon and Westbury Homes at Bromsgrove Local Plan; RPS Nigel Moor at Aylesbury Vale Local Plan; HBF at Chelmsford Local Plan and for the major Locking Castle Consortium at the North Somerset Local Plan.

Private Bills
He has appeared for a number of London Local Authorities at the hearings in the House of Commons into the Crossrail Bill.

Compulsory Purchase and Compensation
He has long standing experience of CPO schemes including land assembly for major retail and housing schemes related to the exercise of planning powers and "back to back agreements".

He has acted in CPO schemes for Plymouth Town Centre, Brighton Town Centre, the Locking Castle Area Action Plan, the Millennium Bridge in Coventry Town Centre and a broad range of other CPO schemes. He has recently argued a leading case in compulsory acquisition against the Government of Mauritius in the Privy Council.


Swale Borough Council - April 2006 - Nov 2006
Local Plan Inquiry under transitional procedures – significant issues involved large retail expansion at Sittingbourne; housing; regeneration of central Faversham.....


He has a background in Local Government and Administrative Law, and has appeared in many leading cases concerned with Local Authority obligations to the homeless.

He has extensive broad experience of local government law which he has combined with his planning law practice. He has acted in a range of ad hoc public inquiries such as the Home Office: Amalgamation of Magistrates Courts in Yorkshire and Department of Transport: Hovercraft crash in Dover. He has also prosecuted for Local Authorities in issues of Planning and Environmental Law. He has a particular expertise in Senior Office Disciplinary Proceedings within Local Authorities where he has been involved in a number of high profile cases. He is experienced in local government constitutional and administrative matters, and has wide experience of working with Councillors, and Chief Executives. He has advised upon and appeared in a wide range of cases involving public law issues and local government including the leading case of Cocks v Thanet District Council (1983) 2 AC 286 in the House of Lords concerning the proper practice and procedure to utilise in relation to applications for relief of the Court in public law matters. He also has extensive experience in advising Public Authorities on the extent of and discharge of their statutory powers.


Sports Law
Graham is a recognised expert in sports law, having extensive experience of advising at the top level of sports governing bodies. He is a long standing member of National "Sports Resolutions UK" Organisation (sportsresolution.co.uk) as a legal arbitrator and is a member of the athlete selection, commercial, football and integrity and discipline panels. Many of his clients must remain confidential but he has settled many disputes including disciplinary and regulatory matters in football, athletics, skiing, swimming, racket sports, triathlon, and judo. He is also experienced in anti-doping matters and the WADA code. He was asked to settle disputes concerning "Team England" at the Commonwealth Games in 2002. He is retained by the UK Motor Sports Governing Body the MSA to advise on sports law, and he was Chairman of the UK motor sport sporting commission, the Motor Sports Council (msauk.org), and was a Member of the Board of the MSA.

Internationally he is former Judge on the World governing body for motor sport, the FIA's International Court of Appeal in Paris. He was the Titular Member for the UK on the FIA World Motor Sport Council, the body that governs F1 and International Motor Sport, and President of the FIA AntiDoping Committee. He was a F1 steward and FIA super licence holder. From 2009 he has taken up the major international position as Deputy President of the FIA (fia.com) and has advised the World governing body on a wide range of commercial, regulatory and constitutional issues concerning International sports law. He has also Chaired the judging body of the World Motor Sport Council in F1 disciplinary hearings (Ferrari Team Orders Issue in Paris).

He has provided advice and produced reports for governing bodies, circuits, promoters, teams and drivers in motor sport including the Report to the FIA on the British Grand Prix in 2001. He also has extensive experience of dealing with Government Departments, MPs, Ministers and the Secretary of State on sports matters.

Corporate Liability

17th October 2014

Forlin's " Corporate Liability", 3rd edition Bloomsbury. Author of the Chapter " Sport" with Mark Gay and Matt Kyle, Burges Salmon LLP.

Journal of Planning Law - Coastal Zone Planning and Protection

5th June 1993

Coastal Zone Planning and Protection, June 1993 JPL, 521

  • Member of PEBA
  • Member of the Parliamentary Bar
  • Member of the Bar Sports Law Group
  • Member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House)
  • Institute of Directors
  • Education Educated at the London School of Economics, Graham has a Masters Degree from the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in International Economics Law, together with a broad range of international law subjects. In addition he read International Politics and is a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chalham House). He is a Winston Churchill Pupillage Prize holder and a member of the Middle Temple, Lincoln's Inn and the SE Circuit.
  • Appointments
  • Member of UK sports dispute resolution panel 1990 to 2010. (Settled disputes in athletics at Commonwealth Games, football, skiing, swimming, judo, motorcycle racing. Also dealt with wide range of doping matters in sport).
  • Immigration Judge 1995 to 2004.
  • Judicial Member of FIA Court of Appeal, Paris 2004 to 2007.
  • Member FIA World Motor Sports Council 2007 to date.
  • Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club Motor Sports Association, Motor Sports Council, 2007 to 2009
  • Member of the Board of the MSA 2007 to 2009
  • FIA International Steward (Super licence holder) 2004 to 2009
  • President of the FIA Anti Doping Tribunal 2008
  • Deputy President of the FIA 2009 to date.
  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society


Swale Borough Council - April 2006 - Nov 2006

1st January 2006

Local Plan Inquiry under transitional procedures – significant issues involved large retail expansion at Sittingbourne; housing; regeneration of central Faversham.....