"He possesses gravitas and intellect, which are of tremendous benefit to all his clients"Legal 500, 2017
"He has risen rapidly to prominence at the sports Bar."Legal 500, 2016
Ifeanyi specialises in civil liberties and sports law. He is ranked in the Legal 500 2016 for sports law.
Ifeanyi has extensive experience of inquests and bringing challenges to coronial decisions by way of judicial review. He has developed strong expertise in cases which engage Article 2 ECHR, particularly restraint related deaths.
Ifeanyi represents claimants in civil claims arising from inquests, claims against the police and public authorities, and other judicial review proceedings.
Ifeanyi regularly acts in sports disciplinary proceedings and private law matters for clubs, individuals, and governing bodies. He has been appointed to various panels including:
- The Football Association (FA) Judicial Panel,
- The FA Appeal Board Chairman Panel
- The FA Anti-Discrimination Chairman Panel.
- Board of England Hockey National Discipline Panel, Independent member
Ifeanyi also appears in regulatory proceedings, including fitness to practice hearings at the GMC, NMC and HCPC.
- The Football Association v CK (2013) – Successfully defended misconduct charges of a senior football coach, in case involving child safeguarding and discrimination issues.
- Cooper v Barts Health NHS Trust (2013) – Successful claim in unfair dismissal, sex discrimination and flexible working against the NHS. Significant damages recovered for the Claimant.
- Shannon v Chief Constable of Merseyside Police (2014) – A jury found that officers had used excessive and unnecessary force against the claimant by use of a taser.
- Hillsborough Stadium Disaster (2014-2015) –The inquest into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans is the largest ever held within the jurisdiction. The case has been reported nationally.
- Michael Lawrence Inquest (2015) – Coroner finds unlawful bouncer restraint caused death of member of the public.
- Shalane Blackwood Inquest (2016) – Jury found neglect caused black prisoner’s death. The case was reported by the BBC.
- Lee Rushton Inquest (2016) – Inquest jury finds neglect contributed to vulnerable prisoner’s death along with a catalogue of failings.
- R (Hamilton-Jackson) v Assistant Coroner for Mid Kent and Medway  EWHC 1796 (Admin) – Successful judicial review challenge of coroner’s jury directions, quashing inquest conclusion. The case was reported by The Telegraph.
- The Football Association v Andre Gray (2016) – Twitter discrimination case. Independent member on Judicial Panel. Case reported nationally
- Les Douthwaite Inquest (2016) – Jury find police failures during restraint causes death.
- The FA v Chelsea & Man City (2016) – Independent member on Judicial Panel, in widely publicised mass confrontation disciplinary hearing.
- The FA v Alan McCormack (2016) – discrimination case. Chairman of Independent Judicial Panel. Case reported nationally.
- John Ahmed Inquest (2017) – Jury find unlawful force in prison restraint death, involving extensive expert evidence . Two prison officers referred to CPS following significant inconsistencies in their evidence. Reported nationally, including The Guardian, ITV News and The Independent.
- Football Association Leagues Committee National League System review (on-going) – Ifeanyi has been instructed by the FA.
- “Player Contracts: Football transfers v. European Union law: analysis” World Sports Law Report Volume: 12 Issue: 2, February 2014.
- “Know Your Rights on stop and search: A mapping of rights information for young people” StopWatch, Runnymede & Open Society, June 2012.
In January 2016, Ifeanyi delivered a four-day training workshop in Abuja to members of the Nigerian judiciary in child rights, as part of the Bar Human Rights Committee which partnered with Coram Children’s Legal Centre and UNICEF.
He has provided ‘Know Your Rights’ workshops to community groups and schools, he is a mentor for young people at the Amos Bursary and Kick It Out, he has also worked with Dianne Abbott MP’s London Schools and the Black Child (‘LSBC’) initiative and was a speaker at the 10 year anniversary conference. Ifeanyi is involved with StopWatch action group, and sits on Release’s stop and search steering group.
Ifeanyi previously worked as a researcher to Professor Oba Nsugbe QC SAN for a number of years, assisting with a busy international practice. Ifeanyi has previously volunteered at Reprieve and the Free Representation Unit, and interned at the Public Defender’s Office in North Carolina.