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The WS Sports Law Conference

The WS Sports Law Conference

The WS Sports Law Conference returns on 13 October with an international roster of speakers. Alongside Lombardi Associates, we are pleased to bring some of the industry’s most experienced and recognised figures to Edinburgh for this popular event in the Society’s education programme.

In an exciting year for sport, the conference is timed to take place following the FIFA Women’s World Cup and during the Rugby World Cup, and because of this we are delighted to be joined by both Polly Hanford, Director of Legal, The FA and Gill Treasurer, Director of Legal, British & Irish Lions, among other expert speakers. The comprehensive programme covers the main issues of the day for sports lawyers and their clients, including the moving regulatory landscape in football and rugby, dispute resolution, transfer contracts, disciplinary issues, and representation. Attendees will also hear from a panel featuring a line up of in-house sports lawyers, working in both clubs and professional bodies.

We are also pleased to have Beder as our charity partner for this event. Beder is a charity working to challenge the stigma around mental health and sport is a major element of its work.


  • Polly Hanford (Director of Legal & Governance, The FA)

  • Paolo Lombardi (Managing Director, Lombardi Associates)

  • Carol Couse (Partner, Mills & Reeve)

  • Ian Laing WS (Counsel, Lombardi Associates) (Conference Chair)

  • Gill Treasurer (Director of Legal & Governance, British & Irish Lions)

  • Calum Beattie (Chief Operating Officer, The SPFL)

  • David Thornton (Legal Counsel, The R&A)

  • Sean Cottrell (CEO & Founder, Law in Sport)

  • Gabriella Lowe (Operations & Finance Executive, Law in Sport)

  • John Cullen (Commercial & Careers Director, Law in Sport)

  • Razzak Mirjan (Founder, Beder)

The full conference programme will be announced soon. Make sure your organisation is represented by reserving a place now.


  • Writers to the Signet: £120 + VAT

  • Standard rate: £150 + VAT

  • Law student/trainee solicitor: £80 + VAT

All rates include lunch and refreshments at the Signet Library.

CPD/TCPD: 3 hours (Law Society of Scotland)

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Event Properties

Event Date 13-10-2023 9:00
Event End Date 13-10-2023 13:00
Individual Price £150+VAT
Location The Signet Library

We are no longer accepting registration for this event