Who’s Who Legal: Sports & Entertainment 2017

Who’s Who Legal: Sports & Entertainment 2017

We are delighted that two of our lawyers, Mark Hovell and Carol Couse, were once again selected by clients and peers as being two of the world’s leading sports lawyers by Who’s Who Legal (“WWL”). The lawyers chosen were selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide.

WWL described Mark Hovell as “one of the best arbitrators” in sports, noted for his technical skills and his “admirable work ethic”. Sources say: “Mark is a gifted think-tank with an ability to articulate issues in a clear and concise manner.

Mark, a partner and head of the sports team at Mills & Reeve, is a leading arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), where he has been selected to hear over 200 cases. As a result of his experience and reputation as an arbitrator, he was selected to the CAS ad-hoc committee for the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games. He was also selected as one of twelve arbitrators to the ad-hoc panel for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Over the past twenty years, Mark has advised hundreds of athletes on their sporting contracts, image rights, and endorsement deals. As a noted insolvency expert, he has also advised nearly sixty football and rugby clubs in insolvencies and restructurings. Mark is also on the UK’s Sports Resolutions tribunal panel and is accredited to the UK’s National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP).

WWL described Carol Couse as being widely known for her football work, particularly transfer-related matters, where she is “especially good” according to sources. They add that “she is second-to-none in combining the South American and English markets, thanks in part to her “awesome communication skills”.

Carol, a consultant in the sports team at Mills & Reeve, has over thirteen years of experience in sports law, both in-house at Manchester United and in private practice. As a fluent Spanish speaker, Carol frequently advises top athletes, agents, and clubs in Spain, Latin America, and South America.

Carol is regularly invited to lecture at universities and conferences all over the world, publishes authoritative articles on a wide variety of sport-related matters, and often provides comments and analysis on legal issues in sport for the BBC, the Times, the Guardian, the New York Times, Sky Sports, ESPN, and others.

For a full list of lawyers selected in the 2017 Sports & Entertainment edition of WWL, see here.

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