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08 November 2016

Sports Law Conference 2016

Law Society House in Belfast was the venue for the annual Sports Law Conference 2016.

Now in its fifth year the conference has gone from strength to strength with more members from the legal, medical, sporting and academic professions attending the conference.

This year the theme of the conference was Good Governance and Equality and attendees had an opportunity to hear from speakers including:

Keith McGarry, SportsLaw NI and Conn & Fenton Solicitors;

Michael McKillop , Paralympic gold medallist;

Erin Stephens, Principal In-House Solicitor, Sport England;

Andrew Nixon, Head of Sport, Sheridans, London;

Jonny Madill, Sheridans, London;

Feargal Logan, Logan & Corry Solicitors and Tyrone Under 21 GAA manager

Professor Jack Anderson, Court of Arbitration for Sport,

Angela Platt, Chairperson Female Sports Forum

Andrew Johnston, Managing Director, NI Football League.

The Conference which is organised by the Law Society of Northern Ireland in association with the Northern Ireland Sports Forum provided attendees with a comprehensive update on Sports Law.

In addition attendees heard from prominent speakers in the Sports Law field, with contributions from academic and judiciary who took the opportunity to provide an overview of the challenges lawyers face in advising their clients - whether they be governing bodies, clubs, managers, coaches, players or officials.

Topics discussed at the conference included transparency, diversity, integrity, leadership and decision-making, financial probity and the future of the sports industry in a digital world.

The Conference drew on the expertise of an experienced panel for questions and discussion.

This year’s Conference was of particular interest to Governing Bodies, their members and advisors, as issues of good governance and equality in sport were discussed .

The Laws Society thanks NI Sport Forum for their continuing support and partnership of the conference.

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