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 

Last year’s event attracted over 200 delegates from across Europe, Japan and North America, inclusive of representatives from Premier League Football Clubs, UEFA, FIFA, the RFU, the RFL, British Cycling, the ECB, the INF and the Court of Arbitration for Sport, as well as leading agents, advisors, journalists and lawyers.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Emilio Garcia Silvero – FIFA Chief Legal Officer
  • Jonas Baer-Hoffman – FIFPro Policy Officer and FIFA Task Force Member
  • Roberto Branco Martins –. General Counsel for the European Football Agents Association (EFAA). Advocaat & Partner, BMDW Advocaten.
  • Professor Richard Parrish - Director of the Centre for Sports Law Research, Edge Hill University
  • Deirdre McCarthy – Associate, Centrefied LLP
  • Carrie Dunn – journalist and author of ‘The Roar of the Lionesses: Women’s Football in England’ and ‘The Pride of the Lionesses: The Changing Face of Women’s Football in England’
  • David Casement QC – Head of Sport, Kings Chambers. Sport Resolutions Panel: Chairpersons’ List. National Anti-Doping Panel: Chairpersons’’ List. FA Judicial Panel.
  • Gerard McDermott QC – Barrister and Arbitrator, Kings Chambers
  • Dr Richard Hardie – Consultant Neurologist with specialism in concussion in sport
  • Alan Darfi – Director of Projects and Legal, The Rugby Football League
  • Daniel Parslow – Ex-Professional Footballer. Concussion awareness-raising campaigner.
  • Martin Budworth – Barrister. Kings Chambers. Arbitrator for Sport Resolutions and the Football League.
  • Phil Hutchinson – Senior Associate, Mills and Reeve
  • David Murray – Sports Rights and Negotiation Consultant. Former Head of Sports Rights, BBC.
  • Laura Gould – Barrister, Kings Chambers
  • Pete Hackleton – Head of Sports and Entertainment Group, Saffrey Champness LLP
  • David Conn – Investigative journalist for the Guardian newspaper... Author of The Premier League: The Football Business (1997), The Beautiful Game? Searching For The Soul Of Football (2004), Richer Than God: Manchester City, Modern Football And Growing Up (2012) and The Fall of the House of FIFA (2017).
  • Gareth Farrelly – Solicitor, Bermans Solicitors. Former Professional Footballer. CAS Arbitrator.
  • James Johnson – Senior Vice President External Affairs, City Football Group. Former Head of Professional Football, FIFA
  • Benoit Keane – Solicitor & Advocat, Keane Legal
  • Steven Flynn – Barrister and Arbitrator, Kings Chambers

Further speakers will be announced in due course. 



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)

A 20% Early Bird Discount is available until 20 September 2019.

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

Previous attendees include:

  • Aston Villa
  • Arsenal FC
  • BBC Sport
  • Birmingham City FC
  • British Cycling
  • Court of Arbitration for Sport
  • Deloitte
  • England & Wales Cricket Board
  • EFL
  • European Commission
  • European Football Agent's Association
  • Everton FC
  • FIFA
  • FIFPro World Players' Union
  • Football Supporters’ Federation
  • Guardian Newspaper
  • International Netball Federation
  • Japan Anti-Doping Agency
  • Liverpool FC
  • Manchester City FC
  • Manchester United FC
  • Oldham Athletic FC
  • Players’ Football Association
  • Rugby Football League
  • Rugby Football Union
  • Sporting Lisbon
  • UEFA
  • UK Sport
  • Wigan Athletic 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