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The Future of Sports Law and Business

The Future of Sports Law and Business


Kings Chambers, in conjunction with the Centre for Sports Law Research at Edge Hill University, is delighted to present a flagship conference looking at the future issues and opportunities in the sporting sector. This one-day conference brings together leading sports law and business experts from across Europe to offer their insight into current trends and future developments.

Rather than simply provide an update or debate an aspect of an area of sports law, this conference is intended as a critical event for those immersed in the world of sport. The conference will provide the opportunity for those with an interest in sports law, governance and the business of sport, the chance to hear what the leading experts think about the important issues within sport in 2019 and beyond, as well as time to debate, discuss and expand up on the topics discussed throughout the course of the day.

We are particularly pleased to announce that the event will incorporate the release of the findings from a major two-year study, generously supported by the European Union’s Erasmus+ Programme, into the regulation of football agents across Europe. Leading industry figures and stakeholders will debate the findings and discuss what the future holds for football agents. Attendance is essential for all those involved in football anywhere across Europe.

Topics for discussion will include:

  • Football Agents – How regulation differs across Europe and a practical look at the reforms
  • Concussion: Impact and legal responsibilities
  • Sports Governing Bodies under attack: Can they survive the breakaway revolution?
  • Match-Fixing
  • Sports finances: Avoiding disaster whilst ensuring competitive balance
  • Women’s Sport – What the past can teach us about its future potential?
  • Bullying in Sport – Protecting the vulnerable
  • Sports Arbitration 



09:00 - 09:05 - Welcome

09:05 - 09:20 Key Note

David Casement QC, Head of Sports Law at Kings Chambers. 

09:20 - 10:15 A review of the Leading Sports Law Cases in 2019

• Martin Budworth Barrister at Kings Chambers
• Phil Hutchinson Senior Associate at Mills & Reeve
• Dr Despina Mavromat Founder of SportLegis. Arbitrator at the IAAF, the ITF and the IPF. Co-authored Commentary on the CAS Code Founder and board member of Women In Sports Law

10:15- 11:05 - Concussion: Impact and Legal Responsibilities

• Gerard McDermott QC Barrister at Kings Chambers
• Dr Richard Hardie Consultant Neurologist at the University of Bristol
• Alan Darfi Director of Projects & Legal at The Rugby Football League
• Daniel Parslow Ex-professional footballer and Concussion Awareness Campaigner

11:05 - 11:25 - Refreshments

11:25 - 12:15 - Women’s Football – What the Past can teach us about it Future Potential

• Deirdre McCarthy Associate at Centrefield LLP
• Carrie Dunn Journalist & Author
• Jane Purdon CEO of Women in Football 

12:15 - 13:05 - Sports Governing Bodies Under Attack; Can they Survive the Breakaway Revolution?

• Professor Mark James Professor of Sports Law, Manchester Metropolitan University to Chair
• James Johnson Senior Vice President - External Affairs at City Football Group
• Benoit Keane Solicitor & Advocaat at Keane Legal
• Dr Katarina Pijetlovic Reader in Sports Law, Manchester Metropolitan University
• Paulina Tomczyk General Secretary at EU Athletes
• Ramunas Linartas Policy Officer - Sport Unit of Education, Youth, Sport & Culture Directorate General at the European Commission

13:05 - 14:05 - Lunch

14:05 - 15:30 - Football Agents – How regulation differs across Europe and a Practical look at the Reforms
• Professor Richard Parrish Director of the Centre for Sports Law Research, Edge Hill University to chair
• Emilio Garcia Silvero Chief Legal Officer, FIFA
• Jonas Baer-Hoffman FIFPro Policy Officer and FIFA Task Force Member
• Roberto Branco Martins General Counsel for EFAA and Advocaat & Partner, BMDW Advocaten
• David Newton Head of Player Status and Competition at The FA
• Professor Stephen Weatherill Jacques Delors Professor of European Law. Deputy Director for European Law in the Institute of European and Comparative Law. Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford
• Patricia Silva Lopes Senior Legal Counsel, Sporting Clube de Portugal

15:30 - 15:50 - Refreshments

15:50 - 16:45 – Sports Finances: Avoiding Disaster whilst ensuring Competitive Balance
• Kevin Carpenter Member of Editorial Board at Law in Sport
• David Murray Sports Rights & Negotiation Consultant
• Peter Hackleton Head of Sports & Entertainment Group, Saffrey Champness LLP
• Stuart Tennant Legal Counsel, RFU
• Karen Moorhouse Chief Regulatory Officer, The Rugby Football League

15:45 - 17:15 - Bullying in Sport

• Steven Flynn Barrister at Kings Chambers
• David Conn Journalist & Author
• Gareth Farrelly Solicitor and CAS Arbitrator, Bermans Solicitors

17:15 - 17:20



Lawyers/Professionals in Private Practice

£320 plus VAT (£384 total)

Player Representatives

£250 plus VAT (£300 total)

Representatives of Teams/Leagues/ Governing

£200 plus VAT (£240 total)



£200 plus VAT (£240 total)


£130 plus VAT (£156 total)

To purchase tickets, please visit Eventbrite.


Who Should Attend

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

Attending Companies

Aaron & Partners LLP
AC Sparta Praha
Aston Villa FC
BBC Sport / 5 Live
Begbies Traynor
Bermans Solicitors
Beswick Sports
Beswicks Legal
Blacks Solicitors LLP
Brabners LLP
British Cycling
Centrefield LLP
Charles Russell Speechlys
City Football Club
DRN Solicitors
Edge Hill University
EU Athletes
European Commission
European Hockey Federation
Everton FC
FC Business
Fletcher Sports Law
Football Factors
Freeths LLP
Front Row Legal
Geldards LLP
German Sport University Cologne
German Sport University Cologne
Grass is Green
Gunnercooke LLP
Harrison Drury
Howard Kennedy
International Netball Federation
Keane Legal
Keebles LLP
Law in Sport
Law Library Ireland
Lewis Silkin
Manchester Metropolitan University
Mills & Reeve LLP
Mischon de Reya
Moosa-Duke Solicitors
Morgan Sports Law
Morgan, Lewis & Brockius UK LLP
Northridge Law LLP
Norton Rose Fullbright LLP
Offside Trust
Oxford University
PA Media
Pinsent Masons LLP
Rugby Football Union
Saffrey Champness LLP
Simons Muirhead & Burton LLP
Sport Resolutions (UK)
Sporting Clube de Portugal
Staberg laudrup
Stewarts Law
Super League RFL
Taylors Solicitors
The Asian Football Confederation
The British Horseracing Authority
The FA
The Football League
The Gambling Commission
The Green Management Agency
The Premier League
The Rugby Football League
University Carlos III
University of Bristol
University of Rijeka
University of Umea
Ward Hadaway
Warrington Wolves
Wasserman Media Group
Welsh Cycling
Welsh Sports Association
Welsh Triathlon
Wigan Athletic Football Club
Willem Communications
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

Please note that all tickets are non- refundable.

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Event Properties

Event Date 01-11-2019 9:00
Event End Date 01-11-2019 17:30
Location Etihad Stadium

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