Football Law Digital Conference 2021

LawInSport's Football Law Digital conference brings together leading lawyers and executives from 20+ countries to discuss the most important legal developments in the football industry on the 20-27 May 2021. 

We hope that those working in, or aspiring to work in, the sector will be able to use and apply this knowledge to help the sport navigate through this difficult period and be stronger for it in the long term.  

Who is this suitable for? 

Anyone with an interest in the legal and commercial frameworks and the developments that impact football, including:  In-house counsel. Sports executives and administrators, Agents, Coaches, Current and former players, Private practice lawyers, Academics & Students. 

What is the format?

For this year's conference, we will be using the Hopin platform that provides attendees with a close experience to an in-person event with:

  • 1-1 networking
  • Group networking 
  • Interactive areas
  • A content hub of key resources and reference materials for each session
  • Q&A's and polls as well as many other features.


The panel schedule may be subject to change due to speaker availability.  Panel times are at:

  • 09:00 BST, 10:00 CET, 04:00 EST, 01:00 PST
  • 14:00 BST, 15:00 CET, 09:00 EST, 06:00 PST
  • 16:00 BST, 17:00 CET, 11:00 EST, 08:00 PST

Thursday 20 May 2021

  • Football Governance: Ensuring effective regulations of owners, directors & officials - 14:00
    • Dr Alexander Juschus, Managing Partner, Governance & Values GmbH
    • Nick De Marco QC, Barrister, Blackstone Chambers
    • Paolo Torchetti, Sports Lawyer & Tax Specialist , Ruiz-Huerta & Crespo Abogados
    • Christina Philippou, Director of Postgraduate Courses in Accounting & Financial Management, University of Portsmouth
  • Fans: Fan representation & club ownership - 16:00
    • Pedro Henrique Mendonça, Partner, PHM Advocacia
    • Trevor Watkins, Global Head of Sport, Pinsent Masons LLP
    • Damian Collins, MP for Folkestone and Hythe & former Chair of the Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee
    • Sean Jones QC, Barrister, 11KBW & Director, Chelsea Pitch Owners PLC
    • Pablo Ortiz Donaire, Chief Business Officer, Baskonia - Alavés Group
    • Sarah Butler, Director Global Communications, Stats Perform

Friday 21 May 2021

  • Safeguarding/Guardians: Developments in safeguarding - 09:00
    • Jennifer Smith, Safeguarding Consultant, Child Protection Barrister, Safeguarding Today
    • Gloria Viseras - OLY, Senior Event Safeguarding Manager, FIFA
    • Tim Greenwell, Chief Legal & Risk Officer, Southampton FC
    • Clive Sheldon QC, Barrister, 11KBW & author of the ‘Independent Review into Child Sexual Abuse in Football: 1970-2005’ commissioned by The English Football Association
  • Discrimination: How are football regulations evolving to deal with racism? - 16:00
    • Piara Powar, Executive Director, FARE Network
    • Jason Webber​, Equality, Diversity and Integrity Manager, Football Association of Wales
    • Achta Mahamat Saleh, Director - Legal Affairs & Compliance Division, Confédération Africaine de Football
    • David Mitchell, Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers
    • Jermaine Malcolm, Sports Lawyer, Blaser Mills Law

Monday 24 May 2021

  • Betting: Who has the right to real-time sports data? - 09:00
    • Emily Ablitt, Commercial Associate (Sport, IP & Technology), Shoosmiths (Moderator)
    • Abhinav Shrivastava, Partner, LawNK
    • Joshua Charalambous, Sports, Disputes & Commercial lawyer, RPC
    • Richard Dutton, Managing Director, ELIAS Partnership
    • Michael Clohisy, Sports & Data Rights Attorney
  • Finance - Legal consideration when financing clubs - 14:00
    • Marianne Clayton, State Aid Specialist, Clayton & Segura
    • Michael Savva, Partner, Watson Farley & Williams (Middle East) LLP
    • Christopher Flanagan, Managing Editor, International Sports Law Journal
  • Corruption: How is football responding to increasingly sophisticated bad actors - 16:00
    • Christina Philippou, Director of Postgraduate Courses in Accounting & Financial Management, University of Portsmouth
    • Kevin Carpenter, Senior Lecturer (Sports Law), Manchester Metropolitan University
    • Cassandra Matilde Fernandes, Legal & Projects Manager, GLMS

Tuesday 25 May 2021

  • Player Injuries: Who is liable for injuries to players - Olympics & COVID - 09:00
    • Barrington Atkins, Senior Associate - Sports Disputes, Stewarts Law LLP
    • Oonagh Webster, Solicitor – Healthcare & Sport, Keoghs
    • Satinder Hunjan QC, Barrister, Kings Chambers
  • Agents: Legal considerations & regulatory update - 14:00
    • Tom Murray, Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
    • Leonardo Máximo, Founding Partner, Movement Football Management
    • Luis Villas-Boas Pires, Head of Agents, FIFA
    • Estrela Paulo, CEO & founder, TopBaller Sports Management
  • Players Contracts: Who has the rights & ability to amend agency & playing contracts - 16:00
    • Oliver Hunt, Partner, Onside Law
    • Christophe Bertrand, Partner, Cabinet Bertrand & Associé
    • Karolina Skrzypczyk, Legal Counsel, Jurisdiction Bodies Coordinator, Polish Football Association
    • Erika Montemor Ferreira, Head of FIFA Players’ Status Department, FIFA
    • Alexandra Gómez Bruinewoud, Senior Legal Counsel, FIFPro

      Wednesday 26 May 2021

      • Succession of Clubs: The legal issues from clubs financial crisis & CAS decisions - 09:00
        • Josep F. Vandellos Alamila, Founder & Partner, Vandellos Sports Law
        • Jaime Cambreleng, Head of Litigation, FIFA
        • Mark Hovell, Partner & Head of Sports Team, Mills & Reeve LLP
        • Sara María Moreno, Legal Advisor, FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme)
        • Roy Vermeer, Director Legal, FIFPRO
      • Betting: Reconciling commercialisation & regulation of sports betting in football - 14:00
        • Alastair Campbell, Partner, Level Law
        • Jon Walters, Partner, Northridge
        • Elizabeth Dunn, Senior Associate, Bird & Bird
      • Financial Solidarity: Financial Fair Play, salary caps, & competitive balance - 16:00 
        • Enio Gualberto, Legal | Club Licensing Manager, CBF
        • Andrew Visnovsky, Sports Law & Sports Management Consultant & Former Senior Coordinator, Player Relations & Competition, Major League Soccer
        • Adam Lewis QC, Barrister, Blackstone Chambers
        • Marco Antonio Amezcua Rubio, Senior Legal Counsel, FIFA


         Thursday 27 May 2021

        • In-House Counsel: How to build an effective legal team in a football - 09:00 BST
          • Andrew Mercer, General Counsel & Director of Legal Affairs, The Asian Football Confederation
          • Jules Karangwa, Legal Officer, Fédération Rwandaise de Football Association (FERWAFA)
          • Alvaro Gil, Sports Management Legal Advisor, Atlético de Madrid
          • Simon Cliff, General Counsel, City Football Group
        • Media Rights: Negotiating & drafting of media rights agreements - an international perspective - 14:00
          • Ian Smith, Director, Commercial & Operational Legal, FIFA
          • Dan Bowden, Senior Legal Counsel – Broadcast and Rights, DAZN
          • Hande Öztürk, In-House Counsel, BeIN Sports (Turkey)
          • Steve Bainbridge, Head of Sports & Events Management, Al Tamimi & Co
        • Commercialising Digital Assets: Opportunities & threats from new digital revenue streams - NFTs - 16:00 
          • Chris Bond, Director of Editorial, LawInSport
          • Eitan Jankelewitz, Partner, Digital Media Group, Sheridans
          • Adam Lovatt, Chief Legal Officer, IQONIQ
          • Esther Jolley, IA Director, Brand Extension, Stobbs

        Friday 28 May 2021

        • FIFA Regulatory Update: - 10:00
          • James Kitching, Director of Football Regulatory, FIFA
        • Academies: Legal considerations for football academies - 14:00
          • David Winnie, Head of Sports Law, Blaser Mills Law, & former professional football player
          • Tammi Gaw, Founder & Executive Director, Advantage Rule, LLC
          • Matthew Campbell, former Manchester United Academy player & former scholar, Blackburn Rovers
          • Alexander Bielefeld, Head of Global Policy & Strategic Relation, FIFPRO
          • Dr. Brenda J. Elsey, Professor of History, Hofstra University



        General Admission

        • Standard ticket:                                                   £140+VAT 
        • LIS Plus (with annual membership) ticket:     £90+VAT

        Student rate (50% discount) only for FULL-TIME STUDENTS

        • Standard student ticket:                                     £70+VAT
          Use the coupon code 'Footylaw21Stu' when you are logged into your account.

        • LIS Plus (with annual membership) ticket:     £45+VAT
          Use the coupon code 'Footylaw21StuPlus' when you are logged into your account.

        **We are checking each student status as a full-time student before the conference starts.
        If you purchase a student when you are not a Full-Time Student (i.e. a working student), you will be prevented from viewing the conference until the balance is paid.

        We also offer a discount on group tickets for teams of more than 4. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

        Full-Time Current a Former Athlete/ManagersCoaches = FREE  
        Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your details about the club or country you currently or have played for. This does not apply if you work in professional services.

        A full-price ticket equates to less than £7 per session, £2 per session for full-time students and free for former and current professional players. Therefore we are not offering any further discounts.

        *Discounts are applied automatically during the registration and checkout. 

        **Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable.

        For all other inquiries, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

        Each attendee only needs to register once for the Conference, and they will receive registration details for each session in advance of the event.

        Webinars will be scheduled between 2-7 pm UK time, so block your calendars accordingly.

        Professional Development

        The conference offers over 12 hours of self-accredited CPD. Certificates of attendance will be provide.

        Attendees can get a full certificate of attendance even if they have not been able watch live providing they have watch the full recordings of each session. 


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        Event Properties

        Event Date 20-05-2021 9:00
        Event End Date 28-05-2021 22:00
        Individual Price £140+VAT

        We are no longer accepting registration for this event


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