Sports Law & Business Conference will bring together leading experts from across Europe for a day knowledge sharing and insight.

After the success of last year’s Football Law event, St John’s Buildings, in conjunction with the Centre for Sports Law Research at Edge Hill University, is proud to present a Sports Law & Business Conference that will once again bring together leading sports law and business experts from across Europe.


This full-day conference, to be held at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium, will allow those with an interest in sports law, governance and business the opportunity to hear what the leading experts think about the important issues of the day, before debating the same at a drinks reception and networking session.

Date: 16 March 2018
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Etihad Campus, Manchester M11 3FF.
Time: 09:00 – 16:30 with networking drinks through to 19:00.
CPD: 6 hours.


Conference Topics


  • Sports Media: Brand Rights in the Digital Single Market
    ·         E-Sports: Legal issues and opportunities in this developing area
    ·         Safeguarding: Ensuring the safety of participants & the possibility of future litigation
    ·         Sports disciplinary and arbitration panels
    ·         The need for a transfer system in professional sport
    ·         Equality in sport


Confirmed speakers include:

Martin Edwards – Former Chairman and honorary life president at Manchester United.
Despina Mavromati – Arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport & Former Managing Counsel at the CAS
Paul Stewart – Former Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and England professional footballer. Author of ‘Damaged’
Marcos Motta – Partner Bichara & Motta sports agency. Adviser to Neymar on his record-breaking transfer from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain
Sam Hillas – Barrister and Judicial Officer for the RFU, Six Nations and World Rugby
Clare Briegal – Chief Executive Officer, International Netball Federation
Ramunas Linartas – Policy Officer in the Sport Unit of the European Commission
Richard Cramer – Partner at FrontRow Legal. Advised Castleford Tigers in relation to the Denny Solomona dispute
Phillip Grundy – Barrister with expertise in physical and sexual abuse claims
Daniel Geey – Partner in the Sheridan’s Sport Group with expertise in competition, commercial, regulatory & broadcasting issues. He is also the Chairman of Football Aid
Steven Flynn – Head of St John’s Buildings Sport, Media and Entertainment Law Group