Hare Court silk appointed to lead World Cup bribery probe

The Football Association (FA) has appointed James Dingemans QC of 3 Hare Court to investigate allegations of misconduct by FIFA officials surrounding England’s 2018 failed World Cup bid.

Dingemans (pictured) was appointed on Thursday (12 May) to review claims made by former FA chairman Lord Triesman to a Parliamentary select committee this week relating to allegations that four FIFA officials had sought “bribes” to back England’s bid.

The FA will be expected to provide evidence relating to Triesman’s allegations for Dingemans over the coming weeks, with the QC set to complete an independent report by 27 May.

The inducements Triesman is understood to be alleging include one demand for a knighthood and another for a sum of money to build an education centre in Trinidad.

Triesman stepped down as chairman of the FA and England’s 2018 World Cup bid last May after the Mail on Sunday published transcripts of a private conversation in which he commented on speculation about bribery conspiracies involving international football federations.

This is the first time Dingemans has been retained by the FA. He is also a member of the advisory panel for Rugby Football League.

Dingemans has been head of 3 Hare Court since October 2010 and is also a deputy High Court judge in the Administrative Court and Master of the Bench of the Inner Temple.

His practice focuses on constitutional, human rights and public law. Previous high profile cases he has acted on include the Hutton Inquiry in 2003, involving the investigation into the high-profile death of Government scientist David Kelly, acting as senior counsel alongside Clifford Chance.

Charles Russell, Bird & Bird and Pinsent Masons all scored roles on the FA Group’s legal panel in February last year following a tender process which saw a total of eight firms appointed.