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Football Law - Player Transfers, Agents and Politics

On the 23 May 2018, LawInSport will be hosting a half-day seminar on legal issues in football and a book launch of ‘Football and the Law (Bloomsbury, May 2018)’. The seminar is being held in partnership with Blackstone Chambers, the British Association for Sport and Law and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

The seminar will cover the latest legal developments in football relating to:

  • player transfers
  • regulating intermediaries and
  • football politics and discrimination

Following the seminar, the British Association for Sport and Law (BASL) will host a panel on ‘The life of an in-house football lawyer’. 

After the BASL panel guests are invited to join us for the official book launch ofFootball and the Law’ and an evening of networking drinks in partnership with Blackstone Chambers.



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





The event is kindly being hosted by Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Adelaide House, London Bridge, London, EC4R 9HA. 



Compère: Sean Cottrell, CEO, LawInSport

1.00-2.00pm:  Registration & coffee

2.00-2.55pm:  The Football Transfer Market – current issues (incl. training compensation, player registration & transfer of minors):

  • Jane Mulcahy QC (Chair) - (Blackstone Chambers and co-author of chapter on football transfers)
  • Steven Smith, Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP 
  • Graham Shear, Partner, Litigation & Corporate Risk, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP (Co-author of chapter on Taxation)
  • Liz Coley, Senior Associate, Walker Morris (Co-author of chapters on Player Contracts and Transfers)
  • Daniel Lowen, Partner, Level Law (Co-author of chapter on Intermediaries)
  • Amy Wells, Head of Legal, Everton FC


2.55-3.45pm: Regulating Intermediaries – what does the future look like for football agents?

  • Nick De Marco QC (Chair) – (Blackstone Chambers, Editor of book/co-author of chapter on Intermediaries)
  • Chris Duffy, Legal Counsel - Celtic Football Club
  • Udo Onwere, Partner, Bray & Krais Solicitors, Premier League Match Delegate,  and former professional football player (Fulham FC)
  • Bobby Barnes Dr. Sc., President, FIFPro Division Europe and Deputy Chief Executive, Professional Footballers Association
  • Liz Ellen, Partner and Head of Sport or Stefania Lobina, Associate - Mishcon de Reya LLP
  • Mike Miller, Chairman, Association of Football Agents (AFA)

3.45-4.20pm: Coffee break 

4.20-5.15pm: Football, politics and discrimination

  • Lydia Banerjee (Chair) - Barrister, Littleton Chambers
  • Chris Anderson, Head of Legal and Commercial, Brighton & Hove Albion (formerly Head of Legal, Everton FC)
  • Ian Mill QC, Blackstone Chambers (co-author of chapter on Arbitration in Football)
  • Paul Gilroy QC, Littleton Chambers and 9 St John Street Chambers (co-author of the chapter on Managers' Contracts)
  • Adam Lewis QC, Barrister, Blackstone Chambers
  • Ifeanyi Odogwu, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers and The Football Association Anti-Discrimination Panel

5:15-6.00pm: Networking Drinks/BASL member registration 

6.00-7.00pm: British Association for Sport and Law Panel - The life of an in-house football lawyer

  • Peter McCormick OBE (Chair), Head of Sports and Media/Entertainment, McCormicks Solicitors, Vice Chairman of the F.A.
  • Chris Anderson, Head of Legal and Commercial, Brighton & Hove Albion (formerly Head of Legal, Everton FC)
  • Tim Greenwell, Director of Legal and Risk, Southampton FC
  • Amy Wells, Head of Legal, Everton FC
  • Caroline McGrory, General Counsel, Leicester City FC
  • Patrick Stewart, General Counsel at Manchester United

7.00-10.00pm: BOOK LAUNCH: ‘Football and the Law (Bloomsbury, May 2018)’ + Networking Drinks

About the book

Football and the Law (Bloomsbury, May 2018) is the “first comprehensive review of the law relating to all aspects of football, including all of the main regulatory and commercial aspects of the sport”.

Football and the Law has been authored by Nick De Marco QC with contributions from over 50 of the leading experts in the field. Attendees to the event will be entitled to receive an exclusive 15% discount when purchasing the book.


Blackstone Chambers

British Association for Sport and Law

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP


Professional Development

The seminar offers 4 hours of self-accredited CPD.

Notes from the panel discussion will be circulated to attendees following the seminar.   


Event Properties

Event Date 23-05-2018 13:00
Event End Date 23-05-2018 10:00
Individual Price £95
Location Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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