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UK 2022
UK-wide Sport
Band 3

3 Ranked Lawyers

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Sport - UK-wide
Band 3
What the team is known for

Healthy practice with an outstanding offering in football. Frequently represents individual players in contract negotiations, disciplinary hearings and high-profile employment disputes, including discrimination claims. Well known for representing professional footballers on the set-up of image rights agreements, and regularly represents players from overseas playing for English clubs. Noted for the strength of its presence in women's sport. Strong focus on significant doping cases arising in football.


"The lawyers at Mills & Reeve are clearly exceptionally talented litigators," one client reveals, adding: "They have the ability to deliver user-friendly and practical advice in a manner adapted to suit their client and the audience."

Another client says: "The steadfast approach they take on positions, as well as their experience and underlying knowledge, are key factors behind us using their services."

Work highlights

Advised the former President of World Sailing, Kim Andersen, in relation to claims made against him before the World Sailing Ethics Commission.

Notable practitioners

Carol Couse is a Manchester-based sports solicitor with a strong football practice. She primarily advises sports clubs and athletes on disciplinary proceedings and regulatory matters.
"Carol is brilliantly calm and reassuring - she handles difficult and complex conversations with apparent ease and is utterly reliable at all times." "She pre-empts issues and is very proactive."

Mark Hovell is held in high regard for the depth of his expertise as a sports arbitrator, with extensive experience of acting as an arbitrator at CAS.
"He is a highly regarded lawyer who is practical and has a huge amount of experience."

Philip Hutchinson is a principal associate in the Mills & Reeve sports team. He is adept at assisting professional associations, sports clubs and individual athletes with regulatory and contentious issues and has a particular focus on the football industry.
"Philip is an impressive communicator and negotiator." "He has great attention to detail and very good empathy with clients."

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Carol Couse
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Mark Hovell
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Philip Hutchinson
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