Will Buckley


Having qualified as a barrister in 1988 Will joined the renowned commercial law firm Olswang LLP, who at that time were best known for their innovative Media and Sports Law practice. He then embarked on a career in journalism and broadcasting, and for over a decade he was the senior sports feature writer at the Observer. His career in the media spanned presenting a prime time game show for Channel 4 to writing a spoof political column for the New Statesman. His novel “The Man who Hated Football” was published by Fourth Estate. Also a successful broadcaster, he regularly contributes to programmes as diverse as the Today programme and Fighting Talk.


He has now returned to the bar to establish a practice in Family and Sports Law. He is ideally placed to assist in Sports Law matters and has a fantastic list of contacts from his time in broadcasting and journalism. Will has a dual passion for family work, in particular Ancillary Relief, but is also adept at handling work involving children and contact/residence matters. Based in Norwich, he is available to undertake matters nationwide but has a particular interest in East Anglia.

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Areas of practice


  • Called to the Bar 1987
  • MA (Law) – Cantab.

Associations and memberships

1992 “Guinness II” Alongside George Devlin Will assisted Roger Seelig when he defended himself against twelve charges in the second Guinness trial. The case collapsed.

Non-legal publications

2004 – The Man Who Hated Football (Fourth Estate)

1995 – Wrote “Trial of Aaron Sherwood”, a three part play about a Fraud trial broadcast on Radio 4


• LL.B (Hons) Bachelor of Laws, First Class – The University of Warwick.

• LL.M Legal Theory, Distinction – The European Academy of Legal Theory, Brussels.

• Bar Vocational Course, Very Competent – The College of Law, London.

• Direct Access Qualified