Mark Gay and Nic Coward: "Sports Law - Ancient and Modern" Distinguished Alumni Guest Lecture Series

23 February 2015, 6.00 PM - 23 February 2015, 7.00 PM

Mark Gay and Nik Coward

Wills Memorial Building

As part of the Distinguished Alumni Guest Lecture Series, Mark Gay and Nic Coward will be giving a lecture entitled: "Sports Law - Ancient and Modern"

Mark is a partner in the Disputes and Litigation team. He joined Burges Salmon from DLA Piper where he was head of the Sports Group. He is an accomplished litigator and arbitrator, with Higher Rights of Audience and recognised advocacy skills. He has been described by Chambers UK 2012 as a “legendary sports specialist” and is the star leading individual in his field. Mark practices in commercial litigation and most recently in the areas of media and sport. He has broad High Court and arbitration experience and has appeared before a wide range of tribunals including the English High Court and Court of Appeal and before other tribunals including the private disciplinary panels, the LCIA, the ICC, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He also accepts appointments to act as an arbitrator in relation to ICC and LCIA proceedings.

His experience includes: ,
• Acting for The Football League in financial fair play issues
• Acting for the FIA (world governing body for motorsport) in relation to contractual issues. ,
• Advising the Pakistan Cricket Board on its relationship with the International Cricket Council. ,
• Advising Leeds United in a claim against West Yorkshire Police concerning the legality of levying charges for Special Police Services. ,
• Advising on “Bloodgate” Disciplinary Proceedings, involving an attempt to fake a blood injury in rugby. ,
• Advising on the challenge brought by Sheffield United in the High Court under the Arbitration Act 1996 to Premier League Arbitration Panels Award in the case of Carlos Tevez. ,
• Advising on the hearing to determine the eligibility of Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius (“blade runner”) for competition in IAAF competitions (including the Olympic Games).

Nic is General Secretary of the Premier League. He graduated in 1989 from the University of Bristol (LLB, 2:1) and The College of Law, Guilford (1st) in 1990, before joining Freshfields. He qualified as a commercial litigator and was seconded for a year to the Football Association. He subsequently joined full time as its first in-house lawyer, shortly before EURO ’96, and held various roles over the next eight years, including two periods as acting chief executive and a director of the Wembley Stadium business.

Nic joined the Premier League - the world’s most followed league competition - in 2011. He is also on the European Leagues Association board and the UEFA Professional Football Strategy Council. He is a Premier League representative on the Board and Council of the Football Association.
Nic’s responsibilities as General Secretary of the Premier League include the running of the League competition, youth development, legal affairs, research and information and stakeholder relations.
Before returning to football, he was the first CEO of the governing body of British Horseracing, and served on the Board of the statutory body that is responsible for the return from betting to the sport, and also the Executive Committee of the International Horseracing Federation.
Voluntary roles have included the first Chair of the Sport Rights Owners Coalition, a campaigning group of many of the world’s leading sports organisations on IP and broadcasting policy issues; Treasurer of the Sport and Recreation Alliance; and a director of both Sport Resolution, British sport’s independent dispute resolution service, and the British Association for Sport and Law.

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