Football Law 2019 - Player Transfers, Agents, Politics and the Business of Football

Football Law 2019 - Player Transfers, Agents, Politics and the Business of Football

Following the success of our sold out 'Football Law - Player Transfers, Agents & Politics' seminar held in May 2018, LawInSport will be hosting a two day football law conference in London at the Royal College of Physicians on the 22nd & 23rd May 2019 in association with Blackstone Chambers. 

The conference provides two days and evenings of networking opportunities, giving attendees the opportunity to meet and develop meaningful relationships with their colleagues working in the sector. 



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



AGENDA & Speakers

The agenda may be subject to change.

08:30-09.20 Registration & networking breakfast
09:20-09.30 Welcome speech

  • Sean Cottrell, CEO & Founder, LawInSport

09:30-09:50 - Moving players: Immigration & tax update

  • Stephen O'Flaherty, Associate, Lewis Silkin
  • Pete Hackleton, Head of Sports and Entertainment Group, Saffery Champness

10:00-11:00 -  Are agents a necessity in modern football? (Debate) 

  • Kendrah Potts, Barrister, 4 New Square (Chair)
  • Nick De Marco QC, Barrister, Blackstone Chambers
  • Roberto Branco Martins, EFAA General Manager, The European Football Agents Association (“EFAA”)
  • John Mehrzad, Barrister, Littleton Chambers
  • Eniola Aluko, International Footballer, Juventus FC Women

11:00-12.00 - Governance & regional development of football

  • Yama Otung, Consultant, LawInSport & Trustee Palace for Life Foundation (Chair)
  • James Johnson, Senior VP of External Affairs, City Football Group
  • Adam Lewis QC, Barrister, Blackstone Chambers
  • Andrew Mercer, Deputy Legal Director, Legal Divisional Asian Football Confederation
  • Sarah Solémale, MA Governance Services Manager, FIFA

12.00-12.25 Coffee Break

12:25-13:25 - Creating inclusive football: what steps need to be taken?

  • Steven Flynn, Barrister, Kings Chambers (Chair)
  • Alexandra Gómez Bruinewoud, Senior Legal Counsel, FIFPro
  • Leon Mann, broadcaster and founder of the pioneering Sports People's Think Tank, the Black Collective of Media in Sport, and Football's Black List 
  • Piara Powar, Executive Director, FARE Network
  • Jane Purdon, CEO, Women In Football
  • Kate Gallafent QC, Barrister, Blackstone Chambers


13:25-14:30 Lunch break 

14:30-14:45 - Running and maintaining club & player foundations/charities

  • Genevieve Gordon, CEO, Tactic Connect
  • Gary Stannett MBE, Director, Tactic Connect & Founder of Active Communities Network

14:45-15:45 - Insurance: Liability for injury to players and loss of income to club

  • Tiran Gunawardena, Associate, Mills & Reeve (Chair)
  • Daan de Jong, Head of Sports Legal, European Club Association
  • Nick Cusack, Assistant Chief Executive, The PFA
  • Oonagh Webster, Solicitor, Healthcare and Sport, Keoghs
  • David Griffiths, Senior Advisor, Sport and Entertainment at Miller Insurance Services LLP


15:45-16:45 - How to build an in-house legal team within clubs

  • Liz Coley, Senior Associate, Walker Morris (Chair)
  • Tim Greenwell, Director of Legal & Risk, Southampton FC 
  • Polly Handford, Director of Legal and Governance, The Football Association
  • Sabrina Buljubasic, General Manager, CEO, FK Sarajevo
  • Alvaro Garcia-Alaman de la Calle, Corporate Projects and Regulation Direction, Real Madrid C.F.

16:45-17:15 Refreshments

17:15-18.00 - Media rights: Cross comparison of buying, selling and distribution across for clubs, leagues and federations

  • Clodagh Curran, Senior Director Legal (Olympics) at Discovery Corporate Services Limited (Chair)
  • Georg Pangl, General Secretary, European Leagues
  • Mark Vinall, Barrister, Blackstone Chambers


18:00-18:05 Closing speech
18:05-22:00 Drinks reception


Day 2

08:30-09.20 Registration & networking breakfast

09:25-09.30 Welcome speech

  • Sean Cottrell, CEO & Founder, LawInSport

09:30-10:00 - Dispute Resolution: Football case law update

  • Michele Bernasconi, Partner, Rechtsanwalt, Attorney-at-law, LL.M. and Arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport
  • Mark Hovell, Partner, Mills & Reeve and Arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport

10:00-11:00 - Financing, buying and running football clubs

  • Jake Cohen, Sports Lawyer,& Commercial Consultant and Director, whampoo (Chair)
  • Dr Jan Råker, Legal Director, VfB Stuttgart 1893 AG
  • Pedro Henrique Mendonça, Partner at Camargos, Melo, Moraes e Mendonça Advogados,
  • Daniel Geey, Partner, Sheridans
  • Timothy Bridge, Director, Sports Business Group, Deloitte LLP

11:00-12.00 - Transfer of minors & safe sport - finding the right balance

  • Lydia Banerjee, Barrister, Littleton Chambers  (Chair)
  • Emilio Garcia Silvero, Chief Legal Officer, FIFA
  • Enric Ripoll Gonzålez, Sports Lawyer, Ruiz-Huerta & Crespo
  • Paul Stewart, co-founder of SAVE Association, former professional football player & author of the book 'Damaged: My Story'
  • Dr Serhat Yilmaz PhD, LLM, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University

12.00-13.30 Lunch break

13:30-13:50 - Integrity Update: match-fixing & doping

  •  Rick Liddell, Barrister, 4 New Square

13:50-14:50 - Developments in player & managers contracts

  • Jane Mulcahy QC, Blackstone Chambers  (Chair)
  • Josep Vandellos Alamila, Principal, Vandellos Sports Law
  • Rebecca Todd, Legal Counsel, Fulham FC
  • Sébastien Ledure, Partner at CRESTA, boutique sports law firm - Founder of CRESTA TALENTS and
  • Erika Montemor, Head of Players’ Status Department, FIFA
  • Daniel Lowen, Parnter, LEVEL Law

15:00:-16:00 - Stadium development: Planning for domestic and international requirements for stadium safety

  • Chris Bond, Editor, LawInSport (Chair)
  • Rob Elvin, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
  • John Roberts, Director, AFLArchitects
  • Darren Whitehouse, Director of Sport and International Projects, The Sports Grounds Safety Authority

16:00-16:30 Refreshments Break

16:30-17.40 - Investigation Update

  • Celia Rooney, Barrister, Blackstone Chambers 


16:30-17:30 - Sponsorship and developing a brand protection strategy

  • Jennifer O'Sullivan, Partner, Arent Fox
  • Sean Corbett, Brand Protection Consultant, Pit Stop Brand Consultancy
  • Martin Taylor, Senior Brand Protection Investigator, Carpinvest Group


17:40-17.45 Closing speech
18:00-22:00 Drinks reception 





The Football Law 2018 conference is currently at 220 attendees.  Tickets are on a first come first serve basis. If you are not able to purchase a ticket you will be able to apply to be on our waiting list. 







Private practice solicitors and barristers - Tier 1  (member discount added when logged in)


  £700 £600

In-house lawyers, academics, sports agents, sports execs & administrators - Tier 2 

Coupon codes for discount:

  • Standard & Non-Member FL19-INN2019-N (£350+VAT)
  • Plus Yearly member: FL19-INM2019 (£250+VAT)


  £350 £250

Full time students - Tier 3* (SOLD OUT - email to be placed on the waiting list)


  £250 £150

Athletes ** - Current and former professionals (this is not applicable to qualified lawyers and sports business professionals) - Tier 4 



Athletes/Players (non lawyers, sports business professionals and agents), please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to enquire about attending for free. 


Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable.

* LawInSport events are designed to help build meaningful relationships with colleagues working in, or wishing to work in the sector. It is important that we create a welcoming, engaging and enjoyable environment for everyone wishing to, and attending our events. We encourage all attendees to networking and met other attendees. However, we ask all attendees to refrain from undertaking aggressive sales activities (emails, cold calls, in person sales, etc) that would undermine this.  Should we be made aware of any attendees involvement in such practices we reserve our right to deny entry to this and future LawInSport events.  

** This includes current and former players, Olympians and Paralympians. If you are a private practice lawyer and you will be required to purchase a ticket

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



Venue & Location

Royal College of Physicians, London,11 St Andrews Pl, London NW1 4LE (near Regents Park).



There are limited sponsorship opportunities. 

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Professional Development

The conference offers 12 hours of self-accredited CPD.




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3 Hare Court Chambers
14 Sports Law
39 Essex Chambers
4 New Square
Alexiou Fisher Philipps
All India Football Federation
Anglia Ruskin University
Ararat - Armenia Football Club
Arent Fox
Arsenal FC
Asian Football Confederation
Axia Sports and Media Group Limited
Bär & Karrer AG
BCL Solicitors LLP
Bird & Bird
Blackstone Chambers
BPP University
Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club
Camargos, Melo, Moraes e Mendonça Advogados
Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS
Chelsea FC
City Football Group
Clintons Solicitors
CMB-Sociedade de Advogados, R.L.
Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP
Creative Artists Agency
Credit Suisse
Crystal Palace F.C.
CTP International
Dahl Law Firm
Davidson Chalmers LLP
Deloitte LLP 
Derby County FC
DFL Deutsche Fussball Liga GmbH
Discovery Corporate Services Limited
DLA Piper
Edge Hill University
Effori Sports Law
English Football Association
European Club Association
Everton Football Club
European Leagues
Farrer & Co
FK Sarajevo
Fletcher Day
Fletcher Sports Law
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Fulham Football Club
Furnival Chambers
German Football Agents Association
Hoffmann Liebs
Howard Kennedy
Huddersfield Town Football Club
Juventus FC Women
K&L Gates
K2 Intelligence
Kings Chambers
lafranchi meyer attorneys at law
Law Office Bolcar
Legia Warszawa SA
Lewis Silkin LLP
Libra Law SA
Linklaters LLP
Lisbies Pro Finishing Workshop
Littleton Chambers
Lombardi Associates
Loughborough University
Luton Town FC
MAQS Advokatbyrå
Manchester United Football Club
Miller Insurance Services LLP
Mills & Reeve 
Mishcon de Reya LLP
Moraes e Mendonça Advogados
Morgan Sports Law
Muckle LLP
National Olympic Committee of Uzbekistan
Nicolaus Copernicus University
Norges Fotballforbund
Northern Cricket Union
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Norwich City Football Club plc
Off Field Sports Consulting Ltd
Onside Law
Osborne Clarke
Pit Stop Brand Consultancy
Pitch International
Real Madrid C.F.
Reed Smith LLP
Rock Sports Management
Ruiz-Huerta & Crespo
Saffery Champness
Saudi Professional League
Schweele Law Office
SEG (Sports Entertainment Group)
Serjeants Inn Chambers
Shoosmiths LLP
Souloukou & Partners Law Firm
Southampton FC 
Sports People's Think Tank
Squire Patton Boggs (UK)
Sydney Mitchell LLP
Tactic Connect
The European Football Agents Association (“EFAA”)'
The Football Association of Norway
The Football Association of Wales
The Sporting Way
Triple S Sports Entertainment Group
Thomas Cooper LLP
Tufan Football Club
Unicef UK
Unique Sports Management
University of Law
University of Northampton
University of Pretoria
University of Reading
University of Zurich
Uzbekistan Football Association
Vandellos Sports Law
Vassallo Group
VfB Stuttgart 1893 AG
Wasserman Media Group
Watford FC
Women In Football



Event Properties

Event Date 22-05-2019 9:00
Event End Date 23-05-2019 21:30
Individual Price £100 - £700 + VAT
Location Royal College of Physicians
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