Sport Resolutions Annual Conference 2019 in association with Winston & Strawn LLP

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Sport Resolutions Annual Conference 2019 in association with Winston & Strawn LLP


Sport Resolutions' 5th Annual Conference 2019 will take place on Thursday 2 May at the five-star Grange St. Paul’s Hotel in London.

As in previous years, the event will bring together an esteemed panel of sports professionals and industry experts to discuss and debate the latest news and ideas in the areas of anti-doping, athlete welfare and integrity.

This year's event will be moderated by BBC presenter Jason Mohammad. 

Please click here to read the 2018 Conference Review, and here to view the 2018 Conference Photos. 


Standard Tickets will be available from 1st March 2019, priced at £345.00 exc. of VAT.

Students in full-time education have the opportunity to attend the conference for the discounted price of £75.00 exc. of VAT with our Academic Ticket (student ID or email address required).

Our 3 for 2 offer permits three tickets to be purchased for the price of two standard price tickets (£345.00 + VAT each) when all three attendees are from the same organisation. Please note that this offer is only applicable to standard ticket prices (but still saves £65.00 on early bird ticket prices).

Further discounts are also available should an organisation wish to purchase tickets for 5 people or more. To find out more about our group bookings please email us at:

Please read our event Terms & Conditions before registering.


09:00 - 09.30          Registration
09:30 - 09:40          Welcome and Introductions
09:40 - 10:00          Keynote Speech
10:00 - 11:15          Session One - 'Is WADA in control of global doping or is the aim of a unified code slipping away as a forlorn hope?'
11:15 - 11:45          Morning Break
11:45 - 13:00          Session Two - 'Sport and Gambling: happy bedfellows or a toxic mix?'
13:00 - 14:30          Lunch and Networking
14:30 - 15:45          Session Three - 'Is sport welcoming to all or does it depend on who you are?'
15:45 - 16:00          Closing Remarks
16:00 - 18:00          Drinks Reception (Sports Bar)


We are delighted that Sport Resolutions' Annual Conference 2019 is brought to you in association with Winston & Strawn LLP for a third year.

Winston is an international law firm with more than 900 lawyers in 16 offices across Europe, the Middle East, the United States and Asia. The firm’s comprehensive practice has an exceptional depth of knowledge in the sports industry. Winston’s Sports Law Practice is one of the preeminent sports practices in the world, most recently recognised as “Law Firm of the Year” for “Sports Law” in the 2018 edition of U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers. 


  Jason Mohammad - Sports Broadcaster 

We are delighted to announce that our presenter for this year’s conference is Jason Mohammad, a much respected broadcaster who currently hosts Final Score on BBC1; Good Morning Sunday on BBC Radio 2; 606 on BBC Radio 5 Live; The Jason Mohammad Show on BBC Radio Wales; and Wales Live for BBC One Wales. Jason has also featured regularly as a co-host on BBC1's Crimewatch, as well as appearing on The One Show on BBC1. He has played a major part in the coverage of the world's biggest sporting events including: the 2016 and 2012 Olympics; 2018 and 2014 Fifa World Cups; 2018 and 2014 Commonwealth Games; and the 2014 Winter Olympics.


 Maggie Alphonsi - Former Rugby Union Player 

Maggie Alphonsi is a former English rugby union player who played for Saracens W.R.F.C. and England before retiring in 2014. She represented her country an impressive 74 times, scored 28 tries, and helped England win a record breaking seven consecutive Six Nations crowns. She was also a crucial member of the team that won the 2014 Rugby World Cup for the first time in 20 years and was part of the team that was crowned the BBC’s Sports Personality Team of the Year. Since retiring she has commentated on live rugby matches for SKY Sports, BT Sport and the BBC. In 2015 she became the first ever former female player to commentate on men’s international rugby when she was signed up by ITV for the Rugby World Cup, and she continues to work with ITV Sport across their rugby coverage. In 2016, Maggie made history by becoming the first England Women’s player to be elected as a National Member of the Rugby Football Union’s Council. She is one of just four females on the 56 strong Council and her role is to be a person of experience and influence in the Game, which includes a leading role in the Diversity & Inclusion Steering Group.

SESSION 1: Is WADA in control of global doping or is the aim of a unified code slipping away as a forlorn hope? - Presented by 

For the WADA Code to be effective, it needs to be applied consistently across the globe.
Any other approach could lead to criticism about unfairness. In recent months, WADA has received considerable criticism, including from some athletes, in relation to its treatment of Russia and the way that nation approaches its obligations under the Code. Is that denunciation fair or has WADA’s approach been considered and measured so as to strengthen its position? Separately, the major professional sports in the USA have long been under scrutiny for their anti-doping programmes, with claims of non-Code compliance and special treatment. Are those sports Code compliant or do they follow their own course, merely paying lip service to the requirement for global application of the rules?
This session will review the effectiveness and application of the Code and will explore whether criticisms of WADA are fair or unfounded.


  William Bock III- General Counsel, USADA 

William has been the General Counsel for the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) since 2007. Prior to becoming USADA’s General Counsel he had served USADA as outside counsel for seven years. Bill was the lead attorney for the USADA in the investigation of the use of performance enhancing drugs by Lance Armstrong and other members of the United States Postal Service Cycling Team. He interviewed each of USADA’s cyclist witnesses, represented USADA in court proceedings brought by Armstrong in Austin, Texas, and was the principal author of USADA’s approximately 200 page Reasoned Decision setting forth the evidence against Mr. Armstrong.  For his work on the Armstrong case Bill was named a 2012 Lawyer of the Year by Law Week Colorado and a Distinguished Barrister by the Indiana Lawyer in 2013.William is also a partner at Kroger, Gardis & Regas, LLP in Indianapolis, Indiana, and chairman of its sports law practice group. Bock has devoted a significant portion of his legal practice to issues involving amateur and professional athletes and has represented numerous elite athletes in matters involving their right to compete in protected competitions, including the Olympic Games. Bill has a strong interest in business and sports ethics, sports drug testing and athletic eligibility issues.

 Jeffrey Kessler - Co-Executive Chairman, Winston & Strawn

Jeffrey Kessler is Winston’s co-executive chairman and co-chair of the firm’s Sports Law and Competition Law  Practices.  Mr. Kessler is one of the most prominent sports and anti-trust lawyers in the U.S. He is regularly engaged as lead counsel on complex, high-profile sports matters and has litigated some of the most famous sports cases in history. His clients include the NFL Players Association , the National Basketball Players Association, the Overwatch E sports League, Endeavor, the North American Soccer League, the Arena Football League , the Major League Baseball Players Association, the classes of Division I college football and basketball players in the Jenkins and Alston litigations,  and the United States Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT). He was named on Law360’s 2018 list of Sports MVPs, named as Best Lawyers’ New York City Sports Law “Lawyer of the Year” 2018, and included as one of Benchmark Litigation’s 2019 Top 100 Trial Lawyers. Mr. Kessler has also been named as one of The 50 Most Influential People in the Sports Business by Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal.

 Victoria Aggar - Executive Chair, British Athletes Commission

Victoria Aggar won 100m gold in athletics before turning her attention to rowing and enjoyed an impressive six-year stint in the British Rowing team, culminating in two world championship titles and a Paralympic bronze medal. Victoria achieved her world titles in 2006 and 2009 for rowing and was part of Britain’s mixed coxed four team that came third at Beijing 2008.
Named as one of the ‘Top 20 Most Influential Women in British Sport’, Victoria has remained actively involved in high performance sport since retiring. She worked as Athlete Services Manager at the British Paralympic Association from 2012-2016, and she now remains close to Paralympic Sport by sitting on the BPAs performance advisory group.  Victoria is a non-executive Director on the board at the English Institute of Sport and Sports Resolutions UK.
Victoria is an advocate for promoting and protecting clean sport and she joined the World Anti- Doping Agency (WADA) athlete committee in 2014, she has since been re-elected to serve a second term with them in 2018.
In 2017, Victoria was appointed as the Chair of the British Athletes Commission, and has recently taken on the role as Executive Chair as she steers the organisation through some significant changes to address the duty of care report commissioned by Tanni Grey Thompson in 2017.

 Jonathan Taylor QC - Partner at Bird & Bird LLP and head of its Sports Group

Jonathan Taylor QC is a partner at Bird & Bird LLP and head of its Sports Group. He originally qualified and practised in New York, but for the past 21 years he has worked exclusively for sports governing bodies and other clients active in the sports sector, advising them on commercial matters such as the exploitation of broadcasting and sponsorship rights, contentious matters (including challenges to regulatory decisions, rights protection programmes, and commercial disputes), and in particular regulatory and disciplinary issues (including in particular match-sanctioning, match-fixing, and doping issues). Jonathan is an experienced advocate, appearing regularly before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, as well as a range of internal sports tribunals. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in January 2017 in recognition of his expertise as an advocate. He is co-editor (with Adam Lewis QC) of the leading sports law text, Sport: Law and Practice (Bloomsbury 3rd Edn 2014), and co-author of Challenging Sports Governing Bodies (Bloomsbury 2016). He is also chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency's Compliance Review Committee.

Session 2: Sport and Gambling: happy bedfellows or a toxic mix? - Presented by 

In the year ending March 2018, the total gross yield of the UK gambling industry was £14.4 billion sustaining over 100,000 jobs. In football, nearly 60% of the clubs in the top two divisions have gambling companies as shirt sponsors with further advertising featuring prominently in televised games. Additionally, since 1994, the National Lottery has raised over £39 billion for good causes providing UK Sport with funds to deliver unprecedented Olympic and Paralympic success. 

However, according to the Gambling Commission, more than 2 million people in the UK are classed as problem gamblers or at risk of addiction and the media regularly contains details of players and athletes who have succumbed to gambling addiction.

Is there a link between the increased visibility and accessibility of gambling and addictive behaviour of players and the public? Even if there is, do the benefits of sporting success and commercial revenues mean that it is a price that we should pay? This session will look at the relationship between the gambling and sport industries and will explore whether, or not, there are links to the prevalence of addiction and the upsurge in the prominence of gambling advertising or whether susceptibility to addiction is simply separate and unavoidable.


 Tony Adams - Former Footballer and Founder of Sporting Chance

Tony spent his entire playing career of 22 years as a defender at Arsenal. He is the most successful Arsenal Captain of all time  - winning four top flight division titles, three FA Cups, two Football League Cups, a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, and three FA Community Shields. Adams also captained England through the Euro 96 campaign when England reached the semi-finals before losing on penalties to Germany. In total he won 66 caps for his country.

In September 2000, as a result of his own experiences with alcoholism, Adams founded the Sporting Chance Clinic. A charity aimed at providing treatment, counselling, education it also gives confidential help & support for current & former professional sportspeople experiencing difficulties with addictive disorders, alcohol, gambling & substance misuse.

 Paul Darling OBE QC - Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers 

Paul Darling OBE QC has a wide experience of commercial and construction disputes and regulatory issues in the sports and gambling world. Specifically: past Chairman of the Sports Ground Safety Authority, the body set up to prevent a repetition of Hillsborough, gaining experience of the regulation and governance of football, and of local and national government; conducted many disputes about the construction sports grounds and stadia – football, rugby and horseracing; appeared at many horseracing disciplinary hearings; considerable experience of gambling including regulation and integrity issues, having been member of the board of the Tote and of the Horse Race Betting Levy Board as well as Chairman of the trade association for betting shops; involved in a number of football transfer disputes; represented the Welsh Regions in a dispute with the WRU about media payments.

 John Hartson - Former Footballer and Current Pundit at BT Sport

John Hartson is a Welsh former football player who played for Celtic, Arsenal, West Ham United, Wimbledon, Coventry City and West Bromwich Albion, as well as representing Wales at international level. His greatest period of success came with Celtic, where he won three Scottish Premiership titles. John moved into the media after hanging up his boots in 2008 following a playing career that brought over 200 club goals in all competitions, as well as 14 goals in 51 caps for Wales.

In 2009 Hartson was diagnosed with testicular cancer which led to an emergency surgery due to the cancer being spread to his lungs and brain. His treatment was a success. He later set up a foundation to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of testicular cancer.

Soon after coming out of hospital John admitted that he was gambling heavily. He had to overcome his addiction and hasn’t placed a bet for eight years, since attending a Gamblers Anonymous meeting.

John Hartson joined BT Sport as a football pundit and co-commentator in August 2016.

 Heather Wardle - Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Heather Wardle is an Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is funded by Wellcome to explore changing youth gambling behaviours and its relationship with technology. She previously was a Research Director at the National Centre of Social Research, leading their programme of gambling research, including the British Gambling Prevalence Survey.

Session 3: Is sport welcoming to all or does it depend on who you are? - Presented by  

The benefits of sport are well recognised and there is often a push to encourage more people, from more backgrounds, to engage in sport or physical activity.

Is the sad truth, however, that sport is not that welcoming, particularly for those in minority groups? How can it be that a leading Premiership football player has openly stated that he will be glad when his career ends due to the incessant racial abuse he endures? What does this say about sport, or those who claim to be followers of sport? 

Of the hundreds of thousands of rugby and football players in the UK, only a handful are comfortable and confident to be open about their homosexuality. We all know that there must be many more gay players but what is it about the climate of modern sport that precludes openness?

This session will look at the perennial issue of homophobia and racism in sport and will explore why we are still having to discuss these issues when society, it is claimed, is ever more liberal and tolerant. Is this a problem with the players and participants, or is the issue actually with those who watch from the side-lines? Is the answer simply education or do we need significant and robust responses from governing bodies?


 Kate Richardson-Walsh - Former Hockey Player 

Kate Richardson-Walsh, is the most capped female hockey player in her country’s history, and was captain of GB and England women’s hockey teams for 13 years. After securing a bronze in London 2012, Rio 2016 was her fourth Games and finally yielded the coveted Olympic Gold medal. An inspirational and charismatic leader she has been widely credited for helping build the incredible team ethos and commitment that drove the GB team to a nail biting victory against Holland in the final. Alongside her GB duties Kate won the European Championships with England in 2015 and secured a bronze and two silvers in three successive Commonwealth Games. Kate currently coaches at Hampstead & Westminster Hockey Club, serves as an ambassador for the Women’s Sport Trust, supports disability hockey as an ambassador for Access Sport, and sits on the British and European Olympic Athlete’s Commissions. She was chosen to carry the GB flag at the closing ceremony of the Rio Olympics and was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Honours.

 Andrew Smith - Barrister, Matrix Chambers 

Andrew is a barrister at Matrix Chambers, practising in the fields of employment and discrimination law, sports law and commercial law. He is regularly instructed to act in domestic sports arbitrations and civil proceedings, acting for a wide range of clients including players / athletes, managers, clubs and intermediaries / agents. Andrew also represents players and other participants in FA disciplinary proceedings. Andrew has considerable experience of arbitral proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, having been appointed as an ad hoc clerk in several cases before the CAS, including multiple doping appeals relating to the Sochi Winter Olympics. Andrew also acts as an assistant to the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal, working on contractual and agency disputes in various jurisdictions between basketball players, clubs and agents. Andrew writes widely on the topic of sports law and contributed three chapters to the recently published ‘Football and the Law’ book.

 Viv Anderson - Former Footballer 

Vivian Alexander Anderson, MBE is an English football coach and former player. He played for various clubs in The Football League in the 1970s and 1980s, including Nottingham Forest, Arsenal, Manchester United and Sheffield Wednesday.Viv became the first black footballer to play to represent England 40 years ago on 29 November 1978. He went to play 30 times for England and lead the way for fellow black footballers hoping to play for their country.

Anderson was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2004 in recognition of his impact on the English league. He remains a keen supporter of the National Football Museum and regularly attends special events at the museum. He also works as a goodwill ambassador for the Football Association. In January 2000, he was awarded an MBE.

 Femina Makkar - Head of Operations, Kick It Out

Femina Makkar is Head of Operations at Kick It Out -  football's equality and inclusion organisation. She has over 17 years experience in the charity sector – working for marginalised audiences – supporting them to be heard. Her most exciting work achievements so far have been: 1.Delivering the award winning Extra Time programme – a physical activity programme for older people delivered through football 2. Overhauling ‘LEAH’ -  a local London based charity supporting marginalised refugee and migrant women 3. Supporting London Borough of Ealing to secure £10m of Sport England funding  for innovative physical activity pilot in Southall

Femina can also be found volunteering for other charities including the Kingston Red Box project – a national campaign to end period poverty. Femina is a qualified Pilates teacher – and an avid traveller and would love to combine these two passions and travel the world teaching Pilates!

 Keegan Hirst, Rugby League Player, Wakefield Trinity

Keegan Hirst is a professional rugby league player who plays for Wakefield Trinity in the Super League. He began his career as an academy player at Bradford Bulls, before joining Hunslet Hawks in 2008. He moved to Dewsbury Rams for two seasons and then progressed to Batley Bulldogs in 2012. He moved to Featherstone Rovers in 2013 but returned to Batley first on loan, followed by a permanent move in 2014. In August 2016 Hirst signed a deal with Wakefield Trinity to play from 2017.

Keegan has two children with his former wife, and in 2015 he was the first British professional rugby league player to come out as gay. He’s been through some adversity, and is keen on sharing his story in order to educate others.



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