Football Law 2020 - Player Transfers, Agents, Politics and the Business of Football

Football Law 2020 - Player Transfers, Agents, Politics and the Business of Football

Following the success of our previous two Football Law conferences in 2018 & 2019 (see videos here) which was over 270 attendees last year, LawInSport will be hosting our 3rd Football Law conference on 21st & 22nd May 2020 in central London.

The year's conference will provide one full day of panel discussions and presentations and two evenings of networking opportunities, giving attendees the opportunity to meet and develop meaningful relationships with their colleagues working in the sector.  

WHO SHOULD ATTEND 

  • In-house counsel
  • Sports executives and administrators
  • Agents
  • Players
  • Coaches
  • Current and former players
  • Private practice lawyers
  • Academics
  • Students 

 

PROVISIONAL TOPICS

  • Regulatory changes and developments
  • Managers and coaches 
  • Integrity - match-fixing. anti-doping and safeguarding
  • Sponsorship and brand protection
  • Financial regulation/control

 

TICKETS

The conference is restricted to 200 attendees with half of the tickets being reserved for in-house counsel, sports executives, agents, players and coaches. Tickets are sold on first serve basis. If you are not able to purchase a ticket you will be able to apply to be on our waiting list.

 

Early Bird 

  • Standard ticket:                    £350+VAT
  • LIS Plus members ticket:     £250+VAT

 

Full Price (From 1st February 2020) 

  • Standard ticket:                    £500+VAT 
  • LIS Plus members ticket:     £400+VAT 

 

*Discounts are applied automatically during the registration and checkout. 

**Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable.

***LawInSport events are designed to help build meaningful relationships with colleagues working in, or wishing to work in the sector. It is important that we create a welcoming, engaging and enjoyable environment for everyone wishing to, and attending our events. We encourage all attendees to networking and met other attendees. However, we ask all attendees to refrain from undertaking aggressive sales activities (emails, cold calls, in person sales, etc) that would undermine this.  Should we be made aware of any attendees involvement in such practices we reserve our right to deny entry to this and future LawInSport events.  

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Venue & Location

Central London

  

Sponsors

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Professional Development

The conference offers 6 hours of self-accredited CPD.

 

 

 

PREVIOUS ATTENDING COMPANIES

3 Hare Court Chambers
14 Sports Law
39 Essex Chambers
4 New Square
Alexiou Fisher Philipps
All India Football Federation
Anglia Ruskin University
Ararat - Armenia Football Club
Arent Fox
Arsenal FC
Asian Football Confederation
AVENS
Axia Sports and Media Group Limited
Bär & Karrer AG
BBC
BCL Solicitors LLP
Bird & Bird
Blackstone Chambers
BPP University
Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club
Camargos, Melo, Moraes e Mendonça Advogados
Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS
Chelsea FC
City Football Group
Clintons Solicitors
CMB-Sociedade de Advogados, R.L.
Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP
Creative Artists Agency
Credit Suisse
Cresta
CRESTA TALENTS
Crystal Palace F.C.
CTP International
Dahl Law Firm
Davidson Chalmers LLP
Deloitte LLP 
Dentons
Derby County FC
DFL Deutsche Fussball Liga GmbH
Discovery Corporate Services Limited
DLA Piper
DMU
ECA
ECIJA & ASOCIADOS ABOGADOS BARCELONA, S.L.
Edge Hill University
Effori Sports Law
English Football Association
EPFL
Ethisport
European Club Association
Everton Football Club
European Leagues
Farrer & Co
FC ALVERCA
FIFA
FIFPro
FK Sarajevo
Fletcher Day
Fletcher Sports Law
Football-Support
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Fulham Football Club
Furnival Chambers
Geldards
German Football Agents Association
Hoffmann Liebs
Howard Kennedy
Huddersfield Town Football Club
IMG
IPS Law LLP
Juventus FC Women
K&L Gates
K2 Intelligence
Kings Chambers
lafranchi meyer attorneys at law
LawInSport
Law Office Bolcar
Legia Warszawa SA
Legislab
LEVEL Law
Lewis Silkin LLP
Libra Law SA
Linklaters LLP
Lisbies Pro Finishing Workshop
Littleton Chambers
Lombardi Associates
Loughborough University
Luton Town FC
MACCABI TEL AVIV FC
MAQS Advokatbyrå
Manchester United Football Club
Miller Insurance Services LLP
Mills & Reeve 
Mishcon de Reya LLP
Moraes e Mendonça Advogados
Morgan Sports Law
Muckle LLP
National Olympic Committee of Uzbekistan
Nicolaus Copernicus University
Norges Fotballforbund
Northern Cricket Union
Northridge
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Norwich City Football Club plc
NYU
Off Field Sports Consulting Ltd
OLYMPIACOS F.C.
omnisports
Onesportfootball.com
Onside Law
Osborne Clarke
Pit Stop Brand Consultancy
Pitch International
PLAUSUS UK LTD
Real Madrid C.F.
Reed Smith LLP
Rock Sports Management
RPC
Ruiz-Huerta & Crespo
Saffery Champness
Saudi Professional League
SB PROFESSIONISTI SRLS
Schweele Law Office
SEG (Sports Entertainment Group)
Serjeants Inn Chambers
Sheridans
Shoosmiths LLP
Silverbeck
Souloukou & Partners Law Firm
Southampton FC 
Sports People's Think Tank
Squire Patton Boggs (UK)
Sydney Mitchell LLP
Tactic Connect
The European Football Agents Association (“EFAA”)'
The Football Association of Norway
The Football Association of Wales
The Sporting Way
Triple S Sports Entertainment Group
Thomas Cooper LLP
Tufan Football Club
UCFB
Unicef UK
Unique Sports Management
University of Law
University of Northampton
University of Pretoria
University of Reading
University of Zurich
Uzbekistan Football Association
Vandellos Sports Law
Vassallo Group
VfB Stuttgart 1893 AG
VISCHER
Wasserman Media Group
Watford FC
Women In Football
whampoo

 

 

2019 AGENDA & Speakers

The agenda may be subject to change.

Day1
08:30-09.20 Registration & networking breakfast
09:20-09.30 Welcome speech

  • Sean Cottrell, CEO & Founder, LawInSport

09:30-09:50 - Moving players: Immigration & tax update

  • Stephen O'Flaherty, Associate, Lewis Silkin
  • Pete Hackleton, Head of Sports and Entertainment Group, Saffery Champness


10:00-11:00 -  Are agents a necessity in modern football? (Debate) 

  • Kendrah Potts, Barrister, 4 New Square (Chair)
  • Nick De Marco QC, Barrister, Blackstone Chambers
  • Roberto Branco Martins, EFAA General Manager, The European Football Agents Association (“EFAA”)
  • John Mehrzad, Barrister, Littleton Chambers
  • Eniola Aluko, International Footballer, Juventus FC Women


11:00-12.00 - Governance & regional development of football

  • Yama Otung, Consultant, LawInSport & Trustee Palace for Life Foundation (Chair)
  • James Johnson, Senior VP of External Affairs, City Football Group
  • Adam Lewis QC, Barrister, Blackstone Chambers
  • Andrew Mercer, Deputy Legal Director, Legal Divisional Asian Football Confederation
  • Sarah Solémale, MA Governance Services Manager, FIFA

 
12.00-12.25 Coffee Break

12:25-13:25 - Creating inclusive football: what steps need to be taken?

  • Steven Flynn, Barrister, Kings Chambers (Chair)
  • Alexandra Gómez Bruinewoud, Senior Legal Counsel, FIFPro
  • Leon Mann, broadcaster and founder of the pioneering Sports People's Think Tank, the Black Collective of Media in Sport, and Football's Black List 
  • Piara Powar, Executive Director, FARE Network
  • Jane Purdon, CEO, Women In Football
  • Kate Gallafent QC, Barrister, Blackstone Chambers

 

13:25-14:30 Lunch break 

14:30-14:45 - Running and maintaining club & player foundations/charities

  • Genevieve Gordon, CEO, Tactic Connect
  • Gary Stannett MBE, Director, Tactic Connect & Founder of Active Communities Network


14:45-15:45 - Insurance: Liability for injury to players and loss of income to club

  • Tiran Gunawardena, Associate, Mills & Reeve (Chair)
  • Daan de Jong, Head of Sports Legal, European Club Association
  • Nick Cusack, Assistant Chief Executive, The PFA
  • Oonagh Webster, Solicitor, Healthcare and Sport, Keoghs
  • David Griffiths, Senior Advisor, Sport and Entertainment at Miller Insurance Services LLP

 


15:45-16:45 - How to build an in-house legal team within clubs

  • Liz Coley, Senior Associate, Walker Morris (Chair)
  • Tim Greenwell, Director of Legal & Risk, Southampton FC 
  • Polly Handford, Director of Legal and Governance, The Football Association
  • Sabrina Buljubasic, General Manager, CEO, FK Sarajevo
  • Alvaro Garcia-Alaman de la Calle, Corporate Projects and Regulation Direction, Real Madrid C.F.


16:45-17:15 Refreshments


17:15-18.00 - Media rights: Cross comparison of buying, selling and distribution across for clubs, leagues and federations

  • Clodagh Curran, Senior Director Legal (Olympics) at Discovery Corporate Services Limited (Chair)
  • Georg Pangl, General Secretary, European Leagues
  • Mark Vinall, Barrister, Blackstone Chambers

 

18:00-18:05 Closing speech
18:05-22:00 Drinks reception

 


Day 2


08:30-09.20 Registration & networking breakfast

09:25-09.30 Welcome speech

  • Sean Cottrell, CEO & Founder, LawInSport


09:30-10:00 - Dispute Resolution: Football case law update

  • Michele Bernasconi, Partner, Rechtsanwalt, Attorney-at-law, LL.M. and Arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport
  • Mark Hovell, Partner, Mills & Reeve and Arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport


10:00-11:00 - Financing, buying and running football clubs

  • Jake Cohen, Sports Lawyer,& Commercial Consultant and Director, whampoo (Chair)
  • Dr Jan Råker, Legal Director, VfB Stuttgart 1893 AG
  • Pedro Henrique Mendonça, Partner at Camargos, Melo, Moraes e Mendonça Advogados,
  • Daniel Geey, Partner, Sheridans
  • Timothy Bridge, Director, Sports Business Group, Deloitte LLP


11:00-12.00 - Transfer of minors & safe sport - finding the right balance

  • Lydia Banerjee, Barrister, Littleton Chambers  (Chair)
  • Emilio Garcia Silvero, Chief Legal Officer, FIFA
  • Enric Ripoll Gonzålez, Sports Lawyer, Ruiz-Huerta & Crespo
  • Paul Stewart, co-founder of SAVE Association, former professional football player & author of the book 'Damaged: My Story'
  • Dr Serhat Yilmaz PhD, LLM, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University


12.00-13.30 Lunch break

13:30-13:50 - Integrity Update: match-fixing & doping

  •  Rick Liddell, Barrister, 4 New Square


13:50-14:50 - Developments in player & managers contracts

  • Jane Mulcahy QC, Blackstone Chambers  (Chair)
  • Josep Vandellos Alamila, Principal, Vandellos Sports Law
  • Rebecca Todd, Legal Counsel, Fulham FC
  • Sébastien Ledure, Partner at CRESTA, boutique sports law firm - Founder of CRESTA TALENTS and footballparents.be
  • Erika Montemor, Head of Players’ Status Department, FIFA
  • Daniel Lowen, Parnter, LEVEL Law


15:00:-16:00 - Stadium development: Planning for domestic and international requirements for stadium safety

  • Chris Bond, Editor, LawInSport (Chair)
  • Rob Elvin, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
  • John Roberts, Director, AFLArchitects
  • Darren Whitehouse, Director of Sport and International Projects, The Sports Grounds Safety Authority


16:00-16:30 Refreshments Break

16:30-17.40 - Investigation Update

  • Celia Rooney, Barrister, Blackstone Chambers 

 

16:30-17:30 - Sponsorship and developing a brand protection strategy

  • Jennifer O'Sullivan, Partner, Arent Fox
  • Sean Corbett, Brand Protection Consultant, Pit Stop Brand Consultancy
  • Martin Taylor, Senior Brand Protection Investigator, Carpinvest Group

 

17:40-17.45 Closing speech
18:00-22:00 Drinks reception 

 

 

 

 

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Event Properties

Event Date 21-05-2020 17:00
Event End Date 22-05-2020 21:30
Capacity 200
Original Price GBP600.00
Discounted Price GBP420.00 (Until 31-01-2020)
Location London