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BASL DMU Postgraduate Certificate in Sports Law

Open Evening hosted by Charles Russell LLP on Wednesday 4 September

BASL and DMU were delighted by the support and enthusiasm for our Open Evening this week.  In excess of 20 prospective students joined with tutors and course Alumni in an informal setting to find out more about the course.

The confirmed topics/speakers at the series of lectures to be held on Thursday evenings (6-8pm) in London are as follows:

Introduction to “Sports Law”

Andy Gray (DMU/British Swimming)

Jonathan Ellis (Charles Russell)

Ian Lynam (Charles Russell) 

Limits of Self-Regulation 

Adam Lewis QC (Blackstone Chambers) 

Alastair Cotton (Farrers) 

Europe and Sport 

Simon Gardiner (Leeds Metropolitan University/Asser Institute)

Competition Law Applied

The Court of Arbitration for Sport

Owain Draper (Monkton Chambers) 

Professor Ian Blackshaw – T.B.C

Disciplinary Process and Dispute Resolution in Sport 

Jonathan Ellis (Charles Russell)

Matthew Johnson & James Bonington   (Football Association)

Ownership of Rights in Sport 

Joel Vertes (Olswang)

Nick Aries (Bird &Bird)

The right to broadcast a sporting event 

Adrian Barr-Smith (SNR Denton) 

 Stephen Ridgway (Sky Sports)

Image Rights

David Bentham (Brabners)

Pete Hackleton (Saffery Champness) 

Commercialisation of Rights in Sport I

Nick White (Couchmans LLP)

Jason Saiban (Charles Russell)

Examples of Commercial Programmes

Ali Maclean (The FA) 

Nick Bitel (London Marathon) 

Sporting Disputes: A round up of the major cases of 2013

Catherine Beloff / Huw Roberts (DLA Piper)

Commercialisation of Rights in Sport II

Morris Bentata (Sheridans) 

Richard Verow (Sky Sports)

Doping in Sport

Jon Taylor (Bird & Bird) 

Graham Battersall (UKAD)


Adam Brickell (British Horseracing Authority)

Child Protection in Sport

Andy Gray (DMU/British Swimming)

Jane Mulcahy (Blackstone Chambers

Financial Fair Play

Nick Craig (Football League) 

Jane Purdon (Premnier league)

Movement of Players

Stephen Sampson (Squire Sanders)  

 Ian Lynam (Charles Russell) 

Player Contracts

Matthew Bennett (Brabners)

Jane Purdon (Premier League)

Player Agents

Fahri Evecett (WMG)

Mel Goldberg

Criminal and Civil Liability in Sport

Mark James (University of Salford)

Simon Pentol (25 Bedford Row)

Places are still available. 

Further details about the course and an application form can be found on the DMU course web page, see

And for more information about BASL, see

For those of you interested in sports law who are not yet members we would encourage you to join to take advantage of the range of membership opportunities and benefits, and as students on the Course you would be eligible for student membership.


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