St John’s Buildings, in conjunction with the Centre for Sports Law Research at Edge Hill University, presents a Football Law Conference on Friday 18 November 2016 that brings together some of the leading sports law and governance experts from across Europe.


This conference will allow those who practice in the area of sports law, or those who aspire to do so, to hear what those involved at the very heart of game believe the future holds for football.


This whole day conference, to be held at Hotel Football’s rooftop football pitch overlooking Old Trafford and the city of Manchester, will allow those with an interest in the sports law, governance and business the opportunity to hear what the leading experts think before debating the same at a drinks reception and networking session.




The topics to be discussed include:

  • Brexit and its implications for football
  • Football Transfer System
  • FIFPro Transfer Complaint
  • Agent Regulations
  • Football Finance
  • Football Arbitration
  • Governance & Corruption
  • Fan engagement
  • Corruptio




Confirmed speakers include:

  • Yves le Lostecque – Head of the Sport Unit of the European Commission
  • Jane Purdon – Head of Governance, UK Sport. Former Director of Governance, Premier League. Former Club Secretary, Sunderland
  • Malcolm Clarke – Chairman of the Football Supporters Federation. Member of the FA Council
  • Simon Barker – Assistant Chief Executive of the PFA. A former professional footballer, Simon is Trustee of the Professional Footballers’ Pension Scheme and National Football Museum. In addition he is a Director of the Professional Players Federation and Sports Dispute Resolution Panel.
  • Paul Rawnsley – Director, Sports Business Group at Deloitte. Paul has been an adviser to UEFA for over ten years, assisting with the development and implementation of the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations across European football.  Paul is also an author of the widely acclaimed Deloitte Annual Review of Football Finance and Deloitte Football Money League.
  • Roberto Branco Martins – General Manager, European Football Agent’s Association
  • Professor Jack Anderson – Professor of Law at Queen’s University, Belfast.  A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Jack is a panel member on various national sports dispute resolution bodies such as Sports Resolutions (UK) and Just Sport Ireland. He has recently been appointed an arbitrator with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
  • Kevin Carpenter – Principal & Consultant Captivate Legal & Sports Solutions. Member of the Mediation Chamber for the Confédération Européenne de Volleyball (CEV). Non Executive Director of Sports Officials UK. Member of the Advisor & Editorial Board for LawInSport Limited. Kevin is an expert on corruption in sport.  
  • Professor Mark James – Director of Research at Manchester Law School. Mark specialises in the area of interaction between the criminal law and sporting events and activities. He is currently focusing his research activity on the Olympic Games in Rio and the European Football Championships in France, with a particular interest in ambush marketing, ticket touting and spectator disorder.
  • Mark Hovell – Partner at Mills & Reeve LLP. Mark specialises in sports law, regularly advising players’ associations and their members. As a qualified insolvency practitioner he has been involved in over 50 football club insolvencies/ restructurings. Mark is also an arbitrator with the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne and has arbitrated on over 60 cases involving a range of sports law matters including a selection of cases for the 2012 Olympics.
  • Carol Couse – Consultant at Mills & Reeve LLP with over 13 years of experience in sports law, both in house and private practice. Carol has particular expertise in football regulatory matters having acted on behalf of football clubs, managers, players and agents on domestic and international transfers and in respect of disputes before the Premier League, The FA, UEFA, FIFA and the CAS.
  • Steven Flynn – Head of St John’s Buildings Sport, Media and Entertainment Law Group. Steven has extensive experience of dealing with both litigious and non-litigious issues in a sporting context. He advises at all levels of sport from employment issues that have arisen in local sports clubs through to the sale of a Premier League Football Club.




  • Representatives of professional:
    • Players
    • Clubs
    • Leagues
  • Governing bodies
  • Private Practice Lawyers
  • Academics
  • Students





Friday 18 November 2016 


Hotel Football, 99 Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester M16 0SZ 


09:00 – 16:15 with networking drinks through to 18:00



5.5 hrs



Lawyers/Professionals in Private Practice


Player Representatives


Representatives of Teams/Leagues/Governing Bodies/Associations







The above prices include lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

All prices are exclusive of VAT.

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