Lawyers love a good precedent.  A precedent in law is that 'costs follow the event' i.e. if I win my case then the other side must pay my costs as well as their own.  In the latest version of the Just Sport Ireland arbitration rules the rule is that unless the arbitrator deems otherwise then the default is that your pay your own legal costs even if you win.  Why so? The thinking is to keep cost exposure low for a losing party.  This misses the point that when a claimant brings a frivolous claim then that exposes the other party in having to hire lawyers to meet and defend the claim.  Now there is little to deter mischievous claims being made which expose often small under resourced national governing bodies for sport to massive costs bills.