Stretford v The Football Association Ltd and Another: CA 21 Mar 2007

The claimant was a football player’s agent. The licensing scheme required disputes, including disciplinary procedures, to be referred to arbitration. He denied that the rule had been incorporated in the contract. He also complained that the Association had agreed to postpone disciplinary proceedings pending the result of other litigation between the parties.
Held: The appeal was dismissed. There was nothing in the exchanges to amount to such an agreement. The court considered the complaint that the arbitration proceedings would not provide a fair trial, and said ‘where parties have voluntarily or (as some of the cases put it) freely entered into an arbitration agreement they are to be treated as waiving their rights under article 6. ‘ Given the greater protection afforded to those subject to arbitration than that given in other countries whose systems had been approved by the ECHR, no infringement of the claimant’s human rights would follow from the referral to arbitration.


Sir Anthony Clarke MR, Waller LJ, Sedley LJ


[2007] EWCA Civ 238, Times 13-Apr-2007




Arbitration Act 1996 1


England and Wales


Appeal fromStretford v Football Association Ltd and Another ChD 17-Mar-2006
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(Commission) ‘whereas the inclusion of an arbitration clause in an agreement between individuals amounts legally to partial renunciation of the exercise of those rights defined by Article 6 para. 1; whereas nothing in the text of that Article nor of . .
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CitedRegina v Disciplinary Committee of the Jockey Club, ex parte Aga Khan CA 4-Dec-1992
No Judicial Review of Decisions of Private Body
Despite the wide range of its powers, the disciplinary committee of the Jockey Club remains a domestic tribunal. Judicial review is not available to a member. Tne relationship is in contract between the club and its member. Sir Thomas Bingham MR: . .
CitedInterfoto Picture Library Ltd v Stiletto Visual Programmes Ltd CA 12-Nov-1987
Incorporation of Onerous Terms Requires More Care
Photographic transparencies were hired out to the advertising agency defendant. The contract clauses on the delivery note included a fee which was exorbitant for the retention of transparencies beyond the set date.
Held: The plaintiff had not . .
CitedNordstrom-Janzon v The Netherlands ECHR 1996
The parties had settled an earlier dispute under a joint venture agreement on terms which included a provision that disputes between them should not be settled by the ordinary courts but by a special arbitration procedure. The arbitrators rejected . .
CitedOberschlick v Austria ECHR 23-May-1991
A journalist was convicted by a court which regarded itself as bound by the opinion of the court of appeal which had remitted his case to the lower court for trial after it had been dismissed by that court. The judge who presided over the court of . .
CitedDi Placito v Slater and others CA 19-Dec-2003
The parties had earlier compromised their dispute, with the claimant undertaking not to lodge any further claim unless he did so within a certain time. They now sought to commence action.
Held: When considering whether to discharge such an . .
CitedMillar v Dickson PC 24-Jul-2001
The Board was asked whether the appellants had waived their right to an independent and impartial tribunal under article 6 of the Convention by appearing before the temporary sheriffs without objecting to their hearing their cases on the ground that . .
CitedPfeifer And Plankl v Austria ECHR 25-Feb-1992
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CitedSchuler-Zgraggen v Switzerland ECHR 24-Jun-1993
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CitedSumukan Ltd v The Commonwealth Secretariat CA 21-Mar-2007
The appellants sought to challenge a finding that they had by their contract with the defendants excluded the right to appeal to a court on a point of law. The defendants replied that the appeal court had no jurisdiction to hear such an appeal.
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Updated: 14 June 2022; Ref: scu.250448