Derby recruit top QC in ongoing fight with EFL over breach of spending regulations
- QC Nick De Marco has a reputation as one of the best sports lawyers in the UK
- Derby were charged with breaking spending rules by the EFL last month
- The legal wrangle could end with a hefty points deduction for the club
Derby have recruited top QC Nick De Marco in their ongoing fight against the EFL, which could end with a hefty points deduction for the Championship club.
De Marco, of Blackstone Chambers, has a reputation as one of the best sports lawyers in the country, specialising in Financial Fair Play.
His previous clients include Tyson Fury and Harry Kane, and he has represented Wayne Hennessey, Jay Rodriguez and Peter Beardsley in high-profile cases.
Derby have recruited top QC Nick De Marco in their ongoing fight against the EFL
He also represented the ECB in disciplinary proceedings against Ben Stokes and Alex Hales in 2018.
It is thought Derby have had no contact from the EFL since they were charged with breaking spending rules on January 16, so they do not know when the case will be heard.
They have vowed to ‘vigorously contest the charges and the EFL’s legal right to bring them’.
If an independent panel finds in favour of the EFL, Derby face a deduction of up to 21 points. The EFL say Pride Park stadium was over-valued when sold for £80million in 2018 to a company controlled by Derby owner Mel Morris.
He has represented the ECB in disciplinary proceedings against Ben Stokes in the past