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Ifeanyi Odogwu

  • Call: 2011
"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.

Notable cases

  • 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.
  • Michael Lawrence Inquest (2015) – Coroner finds unlawful bouncer restraint caused death of member of the public.
  • Lee Rushton Inquest (2016) – Inquest jury finds neglect contributed to vulnerable prisoner’s death along with a catalogue of failings.
  • 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.


Associated work

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.