Quinlan to chair World Rugby Judicial Panel

  • Christopher Quinlan QC named Chairman of independent Judicial Panel 
  • Quinlan succeeds Tim Gresson in the role

RFU Disciplinary Panel member, Christopher Quinlan QC has been appointed as the new independent Judicial Panel Chairman for World Rugby.

Quinlan will be responsible for the appointment and management of World Rugby's Judicial Committees and Judicial Officers.

Vastly experienced in sports law and rugby's disciplinary processes, his appointment by the Council follows a global process endorsed by the Nominations Committee.

Quinlan started sitting on RFU Disciplinary Panels in 2003 before progressing onto the Disciplinary Panel for World Rugby in 2007.

“I am delighted to accept the invitation from World Rugby to lead its independent judicial panel," said Quinlan, who has served at the last three Rugby World Cups as Judicial Officer.

"I am only the second holder of the office of Judicial Panel Chairman and am proud of my grounding in the RFU discipline regime overseen by HHJ Blackett and more recently Sir James Dingemans.”

“Christopher Quinlan QC is an excellent judicial officer and I am delighted that he has been chosen to lead World Rugby's Independent Judicial panel," said Sir James Dingemans. 

Quinlan succeeds Tim Gresson, who announced last year that he would retire from the role after his successor was appointed and he will begin his role on 1st January, 2017.