How to become a sports lawyer masterclass 29 July 2015

published on 13 July 2015

Due to popular demand following last year’s sold out  ‘How to become a sports lawyer’ seminar and masterclass, LawInSport is delighted to announce we will be running a bespoke masterclass for aspiring sports lawyers on the afternoon 29 July 2015 at Charles Russell Speechlys London office.

The masterclass will cover the foundations of sports law and provide personalised advice on how to break into and develop a career as a sports lawyer.

The afternoon will consist of interactive lectures and breakout sessions lead by:

  • Sean Cottrell, CEO of LawInSport
  • Andy Gray, ASA Judicial Commissioner, Head of Sports Law BHW Solicitors and Head of Sports Law Unit, Leicester De Montfort Law School
  • Paul Shapiro and Ben Rees, Associates at Charles Russell Speechlys Sports Group
  • Lara Haywood, Legal Advisor at UK Sport
  • Networking with leading sports lawyers from across the industry will follow the masterclass.

Who should attend?

Anyone who wants to become a sports lawyer but requires more detailed information and advice about how to develop a career as a sports lawyer.

The masterclass is targeted at aspiring sports lawyers including but not limited to: sports administrators, junior private practice and in-house lawyers, trainee lawyers and sports executives.


13:00 – 13:30 Registration

13:30 – 15:30 Foundations of Sports Law

Part A: The Sports Regulatory Regime

  • An Introduction to “Sports Law”
  • Role of Sports Governing Bodies Sport and the EU Sporting
  • Integrity: Anti-Doping & Financial Regulation
  • Limitations of Governing Body Self-Regulation
  • Challenging the Decisions of Sports Governing Bodies
  • The Sports Disciplinary Process

Part B:

Commercial Aspects of Sport: Sports Rights

  • Ownership of Rights in Events Ambush
  • Marketing Sports
  • Branding
  • Player Image Rights
  • Sports Sponsorship
  • Broadcasting & Events Staging

15:30-16:30 How to become a sports lawyer

Sport law sector characteristics: private practice, in-house, non-legal roles

Developments in sports law – growth of sports law sector and trends

Career pathways

Professional development and gaining experience

Profile raising – networking, writing, media relations, and speaking engagements

16:30 -17:30 Networking drinks with sports lawyers


Note: Attendees will also have the option to submit and receive feedback on their CVs and a one-page career plan prior to the event.



Date: 29 July 2015

Venue: Charles Russell Speechlys, London Office

Time: 14.00-17.00 (networking drinks 17.00-18.00)

Spaces: Limited to 24 spaces

Non-accredited CPD

Price: £100+VAT


What previous attendees thought of the masterclass...

“There was a very strong range of sports lawyers who attended the networking drinks, and each was very attentive and generous with their time. Thoroughly beneficial event that was well executed.”

“As a postgraduate student looking for more detailed information about breaking into the sports law sector, the Masterclass was excellent. It was great value for money and I came away with some important contacts from the networking session.”

“It was exactly what I've been looking for. I found the lectures very informative and the breakout sessions were particularly useful, having the chance to discuss my personal experience and development of breaking into sports law.”

“It was an excellent and seamless masterclass, catering to all knowledge levels and career stages as a guide to entry into the sports legal sector.” “Andy's whistle-stop tour of the basics of sports law was useful…I found the way he split the industry into two distinct sectors (regulatory and commercial) quite enlightening... Sean's presentation was also very helpful, offering more practical tips on the many ways to break into the sector...”

“I would certainly recommend the masterclass to any aspiring sports lawyer; it provides a solid foundation of knowledge that I would not otherwise have been able to obtain by myself, and that I hopefully will be able to apply and build on throughout my path towards the ultimate goal of being a sports lawyer. Overall an excellent and enjoyable half-day from work!”


Book your place here

LawInSport Plus members (£15 p/month) receive a 50% discount. Get your Plus Membership here and join the masterclass for £50+VAT. 

Plus members should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the discount code. 



We would like to thank our sponsors Charles Russell Speechlys for their support and contributing to the development of the sports law sector.


Speaker profiles

Sean Cottrell

Sean is the CEO of LawInSport Sean is the founder of LawInSport. Founded in 2011, has become the "go to sports law website" 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. Sean has written articles and produced podcasts and videos on the regulation of boxing, match-fixing, doping, sports governance, third party ownership in football, sports sponsorship and social media.


Andy Gray

Andy is an ASA Judicial Commissioner, Head of Sports Law BHW Solicitors and Head of Sports Law Unit, Leicester De Montfort Law School Acts as Judicial Commissioner for the Amateur Swimming Association with responsibility for determining cases under the ASA Disciplinary and Dispute Resolution systems. Formerly In-house counsel to the national governing bodies for British and English Swimming 1996-2013. With BHW advises on a broad range of commercial, disciplinary and regulatory issues with a particular interest in sports governance, athlete relationship management and sporting integrity. Involved in design and delivery of the LLM in Sports Law and Practice (by distance learning) programme at Leicester De Montfort Law School and the Postgraduate Certificate in Sports law presented by DMU in partnership with the British Association for Sport and the Law (BASL). Visiting lecturer at Loughborough University, School of Sport and Exercise Science. Steward to the British Showjumping Disciplinary Panel Director of BASL.


Lara Haywood, Legal Advisor, UK Sport 

Lara is a Legal Advisor at UK Sport, where she manages the regulatory aspects of investment into Olympic and Paralympic Sports and Athletes including governance, anti-doping, eligibility, safeguarding and athlete welfare matters. She is an Independent Non-Executive Director for the Great Britain Boccia Federation, a writer for LondonDance on sport/dance cross-disciplinary issues and a member of various law and sport business networks. Prior to this, she completed a placement at the Asser International Sports Law Centre in The Hague and an MA in Medical Ethics & Law (specialising in anti-doping issues). 

Paul Shapiro

Paul is an Associate in the Commercial team at Charles Russell Speechlys and is a member of the firm’s Sports Group. Paul advises on a wide range of commercial and regulatory matters in the sports industry, with particular experience in sponsorship, merchandising and licensing along with football transfers and image rights structures.

Paul has experience of advising governing bodies, clubs, sponsors and athletes. Paul has completed the BASL/ De Montfort Law School Diploma in Sports Law and Practice with distinction and has also returned to lecture on the course.

Paul has also recently returned from a secondment in the Football Business Unit at Nike in the Netherlands where he advised on the merchandising programme for Nike’s key football assets.


Ben Rees

Ben is an Associate in the Commercial Dispute Resolution team at Charles Russell Speechlys, advising on a broad range of commercial litigious matters.

He has a particular focus on the sports sector, working closely with sports governing bodies, teams, broadcasters and other commercial parties in High Court litigation, arbitral proceedings, disciplinary cases and regulatory matters.

His recent experience includes acting for The Football Association in arbitration and disciplinary proceedings, and for the WRU in High Court proceedings. Ben also has considerable experience in advising on regulatory matters, including for The FA, WRU and Premiership Rugby.





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