Kendrah Potts, 4 New Square Chambers
Kendrah practised as a solicitor for many years before joining the Bar. She has found that a career at the Bar enables her to combine the different areas of law that she most enjoyed as a solicitor.
After studying Law with French Law at university, Kendrah trained as a solicitor at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. She spent eight years at Freshfields, where she qualified into the Litigation Department. Whilst at Freshfields Kendrah had the opportunity to spend time in-house on secondment at the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, where she worked on anti-doping and sports corruption matters and which provided a valuable insight into life as an in-house lawyer. Kendrah continued her sports law work at the boutique firm, Onside Law, where she was made a Partner and Head of Litigation. Kendrah then spent two years at Mishcon de Reya as a Legal Director before joining the Bar. Kendrah also spent time in Switzerland as the Legal Counsel to the Independent Commission set up to investigation doping and corruption in cycling and sat on a government review panel for UK Anti-Doping.
At the Bar Kendrah’s practice includes commercial litigation and arbitration, as well as sports law. The Bar provides the freedom to combine different practice areas. Sports law includes a mix of disciplinary work (for example charges for doping, match-fixing or bringing a sport into disrepute) and, essentially, commercial disputes. Further, allegations of fraud regularly arise in both non-sport and sports cases. Whilst these practice areas complement each other, working in different areas also provides variety. This might include attending a disciplinary hearing at short notice, injunctions or drafting a range of submissions and pleadings. Whilst at the Bar Kendrah has had the opportunity to work on a range of interesting cases, including acting for Alex Hales and Daniel Sturridge in defending disciplinary charges, prosecuting disciplinary charges against Nathan Hughes for the RFU, acting on a $900 million fraud case in the High Court and prosecuting match-fixing cases at hearings in Miami. Kendrah often travels for work and her cases regularly involve working in French and Spanish.