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23 November 2023

2023 Sports Law Conference outstanding success

Now in its 11th year the Annual Sports Law Conference has gone from strength to strength with more members of the legal, sporting, and academic professions attending the conference.

The theme of this year’s conference which was held at Law Society House was The interaction of legislation, insurance and sportand as with previous years the conference was a sellout.

The conference was organised in conjunction with the NI Sports Forum, the recognised umbrella organisation for the voluntary sector of sport in Northern Ireland.

The Honourable Mr Justice McFarland, opened the conference and those attending heard contributions from keynote speakers on issues including

·         Current Law Update - Keith McGarry - Sports Law NI and Conn & Fenton, Solicitors

·         International Matters Affecting Sport - Professor Jack Anderson, Legal counsel in Integrity Racing Victoria

·         Concussion, the UK Grassroot Concussion guidelines, what it means for my sport and the potential legal implications - Dr Neil Heron - Clinical Lecturer in GP and Sport and Exercise Medicine

·         Interaction of Sporting Events - Mervyn White – Q&A with Keith McGarry (Live Stream)

·         Insurance & Sports Industry - Alyn Spratt – Attis Insurance

·         Reimagining how we address conflict and violence in Sport - Martina Jordan

·         Expert Panel Discussion

·         Keith McGarry

·         Feargal Logan – Logan & Corry

·         Angela Platt – Director of Woman’s Football - IFA

·         Andrew Nixon – Sheridan’s

·         Alyn Spratt – Attis Insurance

·         Bernie Fox – Safeguarding Manager for Ulster GAA

The President of the Society, Brian Archer said

“The Society are once again delighted to support the sports law conference which provides the perfect platform for sporting, medical and legal professionals to come together to discuss issues of importance and to work towards sharing best practice in sport and law”.



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