Bosman at 20: The Future of Sports Law

published on 09 November 2015

Friday, November 27th 2015: 1.00pm - 4.00pm, Ormskirk

In December 1995, the European Court of Justice handed down its judgment in Bosman. Twenty years later, that judgment is still widely credited for revolutionising European football. Whilst some point to the alleged damaging consequences of the judgment, others highlight its importance in modernising the game. This seminar explores the ‘Bosman effect’ through the perspectives of those who work in the football industry. Our high profile speakers will reflect not only on how the game has changed since Bosman, but they also highlight current and future challenges facing football including: the evolving relationship between football and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS); the operation of, and legal challenge to, the football transfer system; the regulation of football agents; and integrity and disciplinary issues in football, including the FIFA and UEFA scandal.

Organiser: Centre for Sports Law Research

Location: Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, Lancashire.

Date: Friday November 27th 2015: 1.00-4.00.    

Cost: £25 payable in advance at:


Chris Anderson (Head of Legal Services, Everton Football Club)
Dr Roberto Branco Martins (European Football Agents Association)
Kevin Carpenter (Principal & Consultant, Captivate Legal & Sports Solutions)
Alan Darfi (FrontRow Legal)
Mark Hovell (Mills & Reeve)


Sean Cottrell (LawinSport)

Speaker Profiles:

Chris Anderson

Chris joined Everton Football Club in March 2014 as Head of Legal Services having previously worked as a specialist sports lawyer and corporate lawyer at a Magic Circle firm. As Head of Legal Services, Chris is responsible for all legal matters at the Club. Prior to joining Everton, Chris worked as an external legal advisor in football acting for many clubs in the Premier League and Scottish Premier League. He acted upon a wide variety of cases covering matters at the Court of Arbitration for Sport and a number of football transfers, including advising Tottenham Hotspur on the world-record sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.

Dr Roberto Branco Martins

Roberto is general manager of the European Football Agents Association. He has nearly twenty years experience in the professional sports industry and as a sports law consultant, he specialises in employment contracts, third party investment structures, transfer agreements, image rights agreements and public and private litigation.   

Kevin Carpenter

Kevin is Principal and Consultant at Captivate Legal & Sports Solutions. He has experience across a broad range of disciplines including regulatory, intellectual property, dispute resolution, anti-corruption, competition and commercial. He has done work in a number of sectors such as betting and gaming, financial services, media and retail. In the sports sector, he has advised individuals, sports governing bodies and public organisations on law, business and policy. He has an expertise in integrity, governance, regulatory and disciplinary matters. He has also advised clients on a diverse range of other sporting issues such as transfers, broadcasting and dispute resolution.

Alan Darfi

Alan is an Assistant Solicitor Specialising in Sports Law. Prior to joining FrontRow Legal, a boutique legal practice specialising in sports law, Alan spent 6 years at The Football Association working in the Governance & Regulation Division. As a result of this unique background, Alan has developed a broad understanding of the workings of sports regulation, from both sides of the table.

Mark Hovell

Mark is a partner and head of sport at Mills & Reeve. He represents players’ associations, individual sportspeople, clubs and agents on a wide range of sports law matters including regulatory issues and contractual matters, image rights and marketability, as well as on personal matters. He is an insolvency practitioner who has helped restructure many professional sports clubs, as well as helping individuals with financial problems. He also specialises in international sports arbitration.

Sean Cottrell

Sean is the founder and CEO of LawInSport, an online resource for sports lawyers and sports executives across the world. Sean works with lawyers and law firms to create targeted and accessible legal content, develop marketing strategies and provide training on digital media. Sean is a visiting lecturer of sports business and sports ethics at Ithica College and Syracuse University London campuses. Before founding Sean studied sport science and law after working in the legal sector for 15 years in finance and marketing. Sean has worked for some of leading international law firms including DLA Piper, Simmons & Simmons, CMS Cameron McKenna and SJ Berwin.



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