Thomas Cooper instructed by Scottish Premiership footballer in his successful appeal against his ban for alleged doping offences
In December 2014 former Rangers and Partick Thistle defender, Jordan McMillan, was banned from playing football for two years by UK Anti-Doping after traces of cocaine were found in his body following a drugs test after a match against Celtic.
At first instance, the National Anti-Doping Panel (“NADP”) found Mr McMillan guilty of committing an anti-doping rule violation and issued a two-year ban with effect from 18 December 2014. Mr McMillan had argued that he had inadvertently consumed the cocaine when a friend of his, a Mr Malloy, had accidentally passed to Mr McMillan the wrong drink, which contained cocaine; however, this argument was not accepted by the NADP. In July 2015, Mr McMillan appealed to the NADP for a reduction to the period of his ban, on the grounds that he had offered “substantial assistance” to the police that led to Mr Malloy being charged with having committed drug-related offences. The NADP rejected this appeal on the grounds that there had been no “substantial assistance” for these purposes, since Mr Malloy was ultimately not prosecuted by the police.
In May 2016, Mr McMillan brought a further appeal on the grounds that the rules concerning “substantial assistance” did not require Mr Malloy to have been prosecuted by the police, since it was sufficient for these purposes that Mr Malloy had been charged by the police on the strength of the assistance that Mr McMillan had provided. Thomas Cooper was instructed by Mr McMillan in relation the appeal hearing in June 2016. Following the hearing, at which Mr McMillan was represented by Marc Delehanty of Littleton Chambers, Mr McMillan’s ban was reduced by a period of one month, so as to end on 17 November 2016. As a result of this reduction, Mr McMillan is permitted to train with a professional football club from 17 August 2016.