Sean is the founder and CEO of LawInSport. Founded in 2010, LawInSport has become the "go to sports law website" for sports lawyers and sports executives across the world.
To grow the largest sports law information resource and community in the world, helping to further develop the sports law sector. Through our platform and community we will help to improve the accountability, transparency and standard of the administration and governance of sport and the understanding of the law.
We believe that everyone should have access to and be able to understand the structures, regulations and laws that govern their sport. Having access to this information is a basic principle of the rule of law and one that is vital to the improvement of the administration of grassroots, amateur and professional of sport. The language used to explain these laws, rules and structures should be clear and concise.
Through providing peer-reviewed, well researched, informative, engaging and balanced legal content we will help improve the access to and understanding of legal issues in sport; in turn we will help improve the governance and administration of sport.
Through our platform and by hosting events we will bring together the key stakeholders in sport (e.g. sports lawyers, sports executives and administrators, business professionals, athletes, support staff, academics and students) to build an accessible global community. Through this community of individuals and organisations we will encourage dialog and debate to help remove artificial boundaries that restrict individual and organisational development in sport and associated professions, such as the legal profession.
We commit to maintain our neutrality by segregating our editorial and commercial streams which means we never have to compromise on our editorial integrity.
We aspire to make what can be complex and inaccessible legal information accessible to everyone who has an interest in sport without compromising on academic rigour and legal accuracy.
We commit to constructively and consistently challenge practices and structures in sport, and associated professions such as the legal profession, that hold back the development of individuals or groups of individuals based on their ethnicity, nationality, physical or mental impairment, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation or socioeconomic background.
What we do
LawInSport is an educational media business that provides expert commentary and analysis on the latest legal issues and developments from the world of sport. We cover everything from anti-doping, to ambush marketing, to corporate governance. Alongside our online platform, we also host events for the LawInSport community, including seminars, conferences and networking events. We advertise sports law practices, professional and academic courses and job vacancies in the sector. We also provide consultancy and training on social media, digital publishing, events management and the sports law industry (trends, career development, etc).
Our events and materials are utilised by a spectrum of stakeholders, including by governments and sports federations in developing their sports policies and regulations; lawyers in their professional development; sports executives and administrators in their day to day roles; leading counsel in their legal submissions at disciplinary disputes in bodies including the Court of Arbitration for Sport; and mainstream media outlets such as the BBC, Bloomberg, The New York Times, Associated Press, CNN and The Telegraph, who regularly reference us and contact us for comment.
We peer-review all of our articles to ensure they are factually and legally accurate, informative, engaging, and enjoyable to read. Perhaps most importantly, we maintain our neutrality by segregating our editorial and commercial streams, which means that we never have to compromise on our editorial integrity.
At the heart of what we do is to make the law and sports regulation, which is often complex and inaccessible, accessible to everyone who has an interest in sport without compromising on academic rigour. By helping to disseminate vital knowledge and leading opinions on matters of law, we play a key role in the development of domestic and international sports law policy and regulation.
LawInSport was founded in late 2010, by Sean Cottrell (now CEO) and Alfonso Valero (now Consultant) the vision for LawInSport was to provide a useful resource for people who wanted to find out more about contemporary legal and regulatory issues in sport. At the end of 2012, LawInSport was widely recognised as a leading authority in the field of sports law. At this time, our CEO, Sean Cottrell, saw the potential growth in sports law that was consistent with the rapid success of LawInSport and started to transform LawInSport and the central team (see below) into the market leading business it is today.
Today our global membership of over 7,800 members includes top European football clubs, sports leagues, international sports federation, sports executives, governments, sports brands, marketing agencies, anti-doping organisations, sports lawyers, players agents, academic institutions, sports administrators, professional athletes, sports charities, academics and students.
Chris is the Editor, and takes responsibility for the review of content in conjunction with the Editorial Board. Prior to joining LawInSport, Chris graduated from Nottingham University, and trained and worked as a litigation lawyer at King & Wood & Mallesons SJ Berwin.
Kevin is a consultant and member of the editorial board for LawInSport, having previously acted as editor. He is a Independent Legal and Sports Consultant advising on commercial and regulatory issues. Kevin has become renowned in the fields of sports integrity, match-fixing and sports betting.
Alfonso Valero is co-founder and now consultant of LawInSport.com. He is a dually qualified Abogado (Spanish Lawyer) and Solicitor (England and Wales). He is also a qualified International Arbitrator. He is a Principal Lecturer in Nottingham Trent University.
Jake is a Consultant on LawInSport and an attorney based in Boston, Massachusetts.
He also writes about legal, economic, and financial issues in European sport for the Wall Street Journal, ESPN, and other publications. He has been cited as an authority by media outlets all over the world.
At one time, he was a serviceable fly-half.
Manali is the executive assistant to the CEO and executive contributor of the editorial board for LawInSport. She holds an LLM in Sports Law from Nottingham Law School (Nottingham Trent University).