Football Law Conference & Sportspersons’ Dinner

Date: 18th November 2016
Venue: Hotel Football, 99 Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester M16 0SZ


Times: 09:00 – 16:15 with networking drinks through to 18:00.
Dinner – 7.00pm for 7.30pm
CPD: 5.5 hours

St John’s Buildings, in conjunction with the Centre for Sports Law Research at Edge Hill University, presents a Football Law Conference that brings together some of the leading sports law and governance experts from across Europe. This conference will allow those who practice in the area of sports law, or those who aspire to do so, to hear what those involved at the very heart of game believe the future holds for football.

This full day conference, to be held at Hotel Football’s rooftop football pitch overlooking Old Trafford and the city of Manchester, will allow those with an interest in sports law, governance and business the opportunity to hear what the leading experts think before debating the same at a drinks reception and networking session.

The Conference will be followed by a charity Sportspersons’ Dinner in aid of Headway, the brain injury association. The dinner will be a light hearted evening of sports related stories and humour. John Hartson, formerly of Arsenal, West Ham, Celtic and Wales, has kindly agreed to join us to share some stories from his playing days and his insight into the modern game.

The Sportspersons’ dinner is open to conference attendees and non-attendees alike so please join us to support this excellent cause.




The topics to be discussed include:

  • Brexit and its implications for football

  • Football Transfer System

  • FIFPro Transfer Complaint

  • Agent Regulations

  • Football Finance

  • Football Arbitration

  • Governance & Corruption

  • Fan engagement

  • Corruption



Confirmed speakers include:

Yves le Lostecque - Head of the Sport Unit of the European Commission

Jane Purdon - Head of Governance, UK Sport. Former Director of Governance, Premier League. Former Club Secretary, Sunderland

Malcolm Clarke - Chairman of the Football Supporters Federation. Member of the FA Council

Simon Barker - Assistant Chief Executive of the PFA. A former professional footballer, Simon is Trustee of the Professional Footballers’ Pension Scheme and National Football Museum. In addition he is a Director of the Professional Players Federation and Sports Dispute Resolution Panel. 

Paul Rawnsley - Director, Sports Business Group at Deloitte. Paul has been an adviser to UEFA for over ten years, assisting with the development and implementation of the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations across European football. Paul is also an author of the widely acclaimed Deloitte Annual Review of Football Finance and Deloitte Football Money League.

Roberto Branco Martins - General Manager, European Football Agent’s Association

Carol Couse - Consultant at Mills & Reeve LLP with over 13 years of experience in sports law, both in house and private practice. Carol has particular expertise in football regulatory matters having acted on behalf of football clubs, managers, players and agents on domestic and international transfers and in respect of disputes before the Premier League, The FA, UEFA, FIFA and the CAS. 

Professor Jack Anderson - Professor of Law at Queen’s University, Belfast. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Jack is a panel member on various national sports dispute resolution bodies such as Sports Resolutions (UK) and Just Sport Ireland. He has recently been appointed an arbitrator with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Kevin Carpenter - Principal & Consultant Captivate Legal & Sports Solutions. Member of the Mediation Chamber for the Confédération Européenne de Volleyball (CEV). Non Executive Director of Sports Officials UK. Member of the Advisor & Editorial Board for LawInSport Limited. Kevin is an expert on corruption in sport.

Wil van Megen - Legal Director at FIFPro World Players’ Union

Professor Mark James - Director of Research at Manchester Law School. Mark specialises in the area of interaction between the criminal law and sporting events and activities. He is currently focusing his research activity on the Olympic Games in Rio and the European Football Championships in France, with a particular interest in ambush marketing, ticket touting and spectator disorder.

Mark Hovell - Partner at Mills & Reeve LLP. Mark specialises in sports law, regularly advising players' associations and their members. As a qualified insolvency practitioner he has been involved in over 50 football club insolvencies/ restructurings. Mark is also an arbitrator with the Court of Arbitration for Sport and will be a member of the ad hoc committee at the Rio Olympics.

Daniel Geey - Partner In the Sheridans Sport Group. Daniel advises sports/sports clients on competition, commercial, regulatory & broadcasting issues. He is also the Chairman of Football Aid.

Angelique Bret – Partner at Pinsent Mason with over 10 years’ experience advising in relation to UK and EU anti-trust/competition law across all industry sectors, including sport. Angelique’s experience includes advising clients on the rules relating to the abuse of market power, anti-competitive agreements and investigations by the competition authorities.

Stuart Baird – Senior Associate at Centrefield LLP. Stuart’s practice focuses on regulatory, contractual, dispute and disciplinary matters. He also assists a number of governing bodies with the drafting of rules and regulations and is widely regarded as the ‘go to’ in sports lawyer for immigration issues.

Steven Flynn - Head of St John’s Buildings Sport, Media and Entertainment Law Group. Steven has extensive experience of dealing with both litigious and non-litigious issues in a sporting context. These range from employment issues that have arisen in local & national sports clubs through to advising on the sale of a Premier League Football Club. He regularly advises clubs and elite sportsmen/women on their contractual arrangements with sponsors and other third parties. .



  • Representatives of professional:

    • Players

    • Clubs

    • Leagues

  • Governing bodies

  • Private Practice Lawyers

  • Academics

  • Students



Lawyers/Professionals in Private Practice


Player Representatives


Representatives of Teams/Leagues/Governing Bodies/Associations




Member of SJB




Sportspersons' Dinner


The above prices include lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

All prices are inclusive of VAT.



The Sportspersons’ dinner will be a lighted hearted evening of sports related stories and humour. Guests will enjoy a 3 course meal and will hear from our special guest speaker, John Hartson as well as being entertained by a comedian.

We hope that you will join us for this fun evening in aid of Headway, the brain injury association.



John first signed for Luton Tow at the age of 16 before going to break the British transfer record for a teenager 3 years later when Arsenal paid £2.5million for him.

John made 70 appearances fro Arsenal, scoring 17 goals, before moving to West Ham. At West Ham John scored 33 goals in 73 games before signing for Wimbledon for £7.5million.

John went on to enjoy great success at Celtic where he become one of only 28 players to score more than 100 goals for the club and was named joint winner of the Scottish Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year 2005. He also represented his country, Wales, 51 times scoring 14 goals.

Since his retirement John has enjoyed as spell as assistant coach with the Welsh international team as well as engaging in media work. He regularly appears on BBC TV and radio as well as on talkSPORT.


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Event Properties

Event Date 18-11-2016
Event End Date 18-11-2016
Location Hotel Football, Manchester


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