Tom Serby

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader

Affiliated with StoryLab Research Institute

Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law

School:Economics, Finance and Law

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Law , Employment law , International Business

Tom uses the experience he gained over ten years of practice as a solicitor and his current research as a sports lawyer to distil knowledge to his students.


Having graduated from Cambridge University, Tom pursued a career in the law for ten years as a commercial litigator in the City of London before joining Exeter University to teach on its Legal Practice Course. In 2007, Tom joined Anglia Ruskin University and now teaches predominantly on our LLB and LLM programmes.

Research interests

  • Sports law


LLM International Business Law, LLM International Commercial Law


  • BA and MA (English), University of Cambridge
  • CPE and LSF, College of Law

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Senior Fellow, the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Solicitor Advocate (Higher Rights, Civil)

Selected recent publications

Serby, T., 2018. 'The regulation and sanctioning of on-field corruption: whose law?', in 'Corruption in Sport'. Due to be published by Routledge in early 2018 under the editorship of Professor Lisa Kihl of the University of Minnesota as part of the Routledge Research in Sport and Corruption series.

Serby, T., 2017. 'Sports Corruption: Sporting Autonomy, Lex Sportiva and the Rule of Law'. Entertainment and Sports Law Journal 15(1), 2.

Serby, T., 2016. 'Financial Fair Play: UEFA Champions League - cartel or meritocracy?' World Sports Advocate 11:17.

Serby, T., 2016. 'The state of EU sports law: lessons from UEFA's 'Financial fair play' regulations'. International Sports Law Journal.

Serby, T., 2015. The Council of Europe Convention on Manipulation of Sports Competitions: the best bet for the global fight against match-fixing? The International Sports Law Journal, T.M.C. Asser Institute 2015, 1-2.

Serby, T., 2014. UEFA’s Financial Fair Play Regulations: the devil is in the detail Global Sports Law and Taxation Reports, 2014(2), pp.6-12.

Serby, T., 2014. British football club insolvency: regulatory reform inevitable? International Sports Law Journal, T.M.C. Asser Institute 2014(1-2), pp.12-23.

Serby, T., 2013. The 21st Century Law Student: The Lecture Room or the Mobile Phone? In: Boyle, C. (Ed.). Student Learning: Improving Practice. Nova Science Publishers, Inc, pp.31-42.

Serby, T., 2013. ‘Follow the money: confiscation of unexplained wealth laws and sport’s fixing crisis’ International Sports Law Review Issue 1: 2-8.

Serby, T., 2012. ‘Gambling related match-fixing: a terminal threat to the integrity of sport?’ International Sports Law Journal 1-2: 7-12.

Serby, T., 2011. ‘Willing Suspension of Disbelief: A study in online learning through simulation, and its potential for deeper learning in higher education’ Liverpool Law Review 32:181-195.

Recent presentations and conferences

Sports law

'It's just not cricket!' ARU Cambridge (2011)

'Match-fixing in Sport: current issues' SLSA Brighton (2012)

'Recent developments in match-fixing' SLSA York (2013)

'Financial Fair Play Regs and EU competition law' SLSA Warwick (2015)

'The autonomy of sport and sporting integrity' EUSport Madrid (2016)

'The autonomy of sport' international sports law conference, ARU.  (2016)  (Organiser and speaker)

'Financial Fair Play Regulations' World Sports Law Reports Players-Contracts Wembley, London (2016). (Invited Speaker)

Learning and teaching

LILAC, Warwick (2010)

Media experience

January 2016. BBC interviews on BBC Radio Kent and BBC Three Counties on match-fixing in tennis.

2015. BBC interviews on BBC Three Counties, BBC Norfolk and BBC Kent on FIFA corruption scandal.

2014. BBC interviews on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, BBC Radio Kent, BBC Radio Suffolk, BBC Radio Essex, BBC Radio Northamptonshire and BBC Radio Three Counties on match fixing in football.

October 2013. BBC interview on BBC Radio Essex on match fixing in football.