SSI Special Advisor
President of Missing Children Europe and member of the Management Board of WeProtect Global Alliance and acts as a consultant for numerous research projects and activities by NGOs and individuals. former UN Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children (2014-2020).
As head of Bird & Bird’s Sports Group, partner Jonathan Taylor QC advises international and international sports governing bodies, event organisers, teams, agencies, and commercial partners, on a wide range of commercial, regulatory and contentious issues, including commercial disputes, investigations, challenges to regulatory decision, enforcement of rules in disciplinary proceedings and appeals, and much more. Jon is an experienced advocate, appearing regularly before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, as well as a range of internal sports tribunals. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2017 in recognition of the quality of his advocacy.
In 2016, Jon chaired the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Independent Observer team at the Rio Olympics. From November 2016 to January 2020, Jon chaired WADA’s Compliance Review Committee, an independent Standing Committee that reports to WADA’s ExCo and Foundation Board on issues relating to Code compliance by Signatories. From November 2018 to January 2021, he chaired the independent External Review Commission that investigated allegations of wrongdoing by the International Biathlon Union’s former president and secretary-general, and helped the IBU strengthen its constitution to avoid repetition, including establishing the ground-breaking independent Biathlon Integrity Unit. In 2019 and 2020, Jon conducted a review of the governance of the English Football League, and separately a review of the circumstances leading to the termination of Bury FC’s membership of the League in August 2018.
Alongside his practice, Jon is co-editor (with Adam Lewis QC) of the leading practitioners’ text, Sport: Law and Practice (4th Edition 2021). He was a tutor at University College and Balliol College, Oxford (Tort Law and Administrative Law) in 1992/93 and Director of Studies in Sports Law at King’s College, London from 2000 to 2007. Jon holds both UK and US law degrees and originally qualified and practised as a commercial litigator in New York before moving back to the UK to 1997. Since then, he has focused exclusively on advising clients active in the sports sector.