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The WS Sports Law Conference

The WS Sports Law Conference will discuss and debate the multitude of legal issues that stem from international sporting competition. The WS Society, With Lombardi Associates, invite you to join us for a half-day conference to learn from and meet leading figures from around sport and law.

The conference includes a keynote speaker from Patrick Stewart at General Counsel, Manchester United. 



9.15 am – 9.30 am - Registration and coffee

9.30 am – 9.40 am - Welcome

  • Paolo Lombardi Managing Director Lombardi Associates (Conference Chairman)

9.40 am – 10.25 am - Keynote -  reflections on his role as General Counsel at Manchester United

  • Patrick Stewart, General Counsel at Manchester United 
  • Paolo Lombardi (interviewer)

10.25 am – 10.55 am - UK Immigration law – navigating current issues for sports professionals and their employers:

  • Jamie Kerr, WS Partner, Burness Paull

10.55 am – 11.05 am Charity partner

  • Razzak Mirjan, Founder, Beder

11.05 am – 11.20 am - Coffee Break

11.20 am – 11.50 am - A day in the life of a lawyer at a governing body

  • Gillian Treasurer, Head of Legal, Scottish Rugby Union

11.50 am – 12.10 pm  - Analysing the Crouch Report – a landmark for change?

  • Chris Anderson, Former Head of Football Governance Review, DCMS

12. 10 pm – 1.10 pm - Panel session on legal and regulatory change – challenges and opportunities across sports

  • ­Patrick Stewart, General Counsel, Manchester United

  • Paolo Lombardi, Managing Director, Lombardi Associates

  • Gillian Treasurer, Head of Legal, Scottish Rugby Union

  • Sean Cottrell, Chief Executive, LawInSport

  • Chris Anderson, Former Head of Football Governance Review, DCMS

  • Neeraj Thomas, Partner, CMS LLP

1.10 pm – 1.20 pm - Conference close

Lunch served in upper library, Facilitated by Paolo Lombardi


  • 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 07-10-2022 9:00
Event End Date 07-10-2022 13:00
Individual Price £150+VAT
Location The Signet Library

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