Football Law Conference and Sportspersons' Dinner
£80 – £349.99
Football Law Conference and Sportspersons' Dinner

Football Law Conference and Sportspersons' Dinner

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Hotel Football Old Trafford

99 Sir Matt Busby Way


M16 0SZ

United Kingdom

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St John’s Buildings, in conjunction with the Centre for Sports Law Research at Edge Hill University, presents a Football Law Conference 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 full 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 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 Conference will be followed by a charity Sportspersons' Dinner in aid of Headway, the brain injury charity. The dinner will be a light hearted evening of sports related stories and humour. John Hartson, formerly Arsenal, West Ham, Celtic and Wales, has kindly agreed to join us to share some stories from his playing days and his insight into the modern game. 

The Sportspersons' dinner is open to conference attendees and non-attendees alike so please join us to support this excellent cause.

Conference topics

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
  • Corruption

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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wil van Megen  - Legal Director at FIFPro World Players’ Union
  • 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.
  • Daniel Geey – Partner In the Sheridans Sport Group. Daniel advises sports/sports clients on competition, commercial, regulatory & broadcasting issues. He is also the Chairman of Football Aid.
  • Angelique Bret - Partner at Pinsent Masons with over 10 years' experience advising in relation to UK and EU anti-trust/competition law across all indsutry secotrs, inclduing sport. Angelique's experience includes advising clients on the rules relating to the abuse of market power, anti-competitive agreements and investigations by the competition authorities. 
  • Stuart Baird - Senior associate at Centrefield LLP. Stuart's practice focuses on regulatory, contractual, dispute and disciplinary matters. He also assists a number of governing bodies with the drafting of rules and regulations and is widely regarded as the 'go to' sports lawyer for immigration issues. 
  • 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.


Whilst SJB is a corporate enterprise, this event is not being run for profit. Any money raised from the conference will be donated to the Centre for Sports Law Research for the benefit of students. 



The Sportspersons' dinner will be a light hearted evening of sports related stories and humour. Guests will enjoy a three course meal and will hear from our special guest speaker, John Hartson as well as being entertained by a comedian.

We hope that you will join us for this fun evening in aid of Headway, the brain injury association. 

John Hartson Biography

John first signed for Luton Town at the age of 16 before going to break the British transfer record for a teenager 3 years later when Arsenal paid £2.5 million for him.

John made 70 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 17 goals, before movin to West Ham. At West Ham John scored 33 goals in 73 games before signing for Wimbledon for £7.5 million.

John went on to enjoy great success at Celtic where he became one of only 28 players to score more than 100 goals for the club and was named joint winner of the Scottish Football Writers' Association Player of the Year 2005. He also represented his country, Wales, 51 times scoring 14 goals.

Since his retirement John has enjoyed a spell as assistant coach with the Welsh international team as well as engaging in media work. He regularly appears on BBC TV and radio as well as on talkSPORT.


If you wish to book a room at Hotel Football for either Thursday 17 November or Friday 18 November, we have secured special rates of £99 for Bed & Breakfast single occupancy inc VAT and £119.00 Bed & Breakfast double occupancy inc VAT. To book a room please email  


Cancellations must be made in writing to Chris Shaw, 24a-28 St John’s St, Manchester. M3 4DJ, and made no later than 21 October 2016. Such cancellations are subject to a handling and administration charge of £75.00 + VAT per delegate, which will be deducted from any due refund. No cancellations are acceptable after this date but a substitute delegate can be nominated. St John’s Buildings reserves the right to make changes to the programme, location and/or speakers without prior notice. We will not offer refunds to delegates due to a terrorist alert or incident unless the conference is cancelled. If due to these events we are unable to run the conference, we will retain up to 50% of the conference fee to cover marketing, administration and delegate registration costs.

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