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Keith McGarry


Keith graduated from Queen’s University Belfast and the Institute of Legal Studies before being admitted to the Roll of Solicitors of Northern Ireland in 1993.

Keith is a Solicitor Advocate, is trained in Mediation and is also a part time Tutor at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies. He played representative rugby for Ulster in his younger days and still plays competitive amateur golf, and has now combined his love of sport with his legal expertise by graduating with a Masters in Sports Law from De Montford University in 2011.

Keith specialises in general litigation, conveyancing and probate, and his area of expertise is sports law where his particular interest is in the governance of sport and disciplinary hearings for athletes. He has provided advice to several sports governing bodies, and has represented athletes in both disciplinary and anti-doping cases. He has also successfully represented an athlete in issues relating to his eligibility to represent his country in the London Olympics, and has also represented the interests of a large sports manufacturer in merchandising contracts with a local professional team.

Keith delivered the legal work locally in the 2013 World Police and Fire Games and continues to represent the Mary Peters Trust, NI Sports Forum and several governing bodies in respect of ongoing disciplinary issues and the recent sports spending cuts.

As well as acting as a solicitor in the discipline of sportlaw, Keith also brings his expertise to directorships and sits in London as director of Sports Resolutions (the independent dispute resolution service for sport in the UK) and is also a director of the Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI).

Keith’s passion for rugby continues through coaching the Newforge Taggers RFC special needs rugby club as part of a wider interest in disabled sport.

Working alongside Keith McGarry at Sportslaw over a period of 18 months, i was hugely impressed with their professionalism, passion and determined approach. Their understanding of my situation, instilled confidence for me in the strategy and vision they adopted which ultimately led to a successful result in my dispute resolution case.

Iain Lewers
Team GB London 2012 Olympian, European and commonwealth medallist

The World Police and Fire Games (WPFG or Games) is a bi-annual multi-sports tournament promoted by the World Police and Fire Games Federation running since 1985. In a 2007 bid process, Belfast was successful in securing the World Police and Fire Games to be held in 2013. A company, dedicated to delivering the Games was…


‘The Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council has been delighted with the service provided by Keith and the team at Conn & Fenton. Transactions have always been dealt with in a very courteous and professional manner. Importantly, they have not simply followed instruction but have also been proactive to suggest courses of action which have been…

Conal Heatley
Executive Officer

Kukri GB Limited and Kukri Sports Ireland Limited have retained the services of Keith McGarry on a number of matters over the last few years. He has been engaged in the two most recent Kukri contracts with Ulster Rugby and we have been extremely pleased with the service that we have received. From his expertise…

Terry Jackson
Director & General Manager, Kukri Sports Ireland Limited