Welcome to the Queen's club

The British Association for Sport and Law are delighted to announce the upcoming BASL Conference will take place in the beautiful surroundings of the The Queens Club, Palliser Road, London W14 9EQ on Thursday March 7th 2024.


Introducing the first of your Keynote Guest Speakers: Patrick Foster

Patrick Foster is an Ambassador for the Mintridge Foundation, a registered charity dedicated to enhancing life skills in young people through sport, building resilience and confidence through sport, and creating awareness of the importance of mental and physical wellbeing.

He is the author of bestselling book Might Bite: The Secret Life of a Gambling Addict, his brutally honest account of over a decade of pathological gambling addiction to recovery and beyond.

Introducing this years second Keynote Guest Speaker: Jonty Evans

Jonty Evans is a 52-year-old Olympic event rider turned Paralympic dressage rider and television commentator and presenter.

Evans competed at the 2005 European Eventing Championships, he helped lead the Irish team to the nation’s first-ever Irish FEI Eventing Nations’ cup victory in the Boekelo Nations’ Cup, and was selected to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Jonty suffered a life-changing accident after falling from his horse, Cooley Rorkes Drift, who is also known as Art. Evans suffered a serious brain injury and was left in a coma for several weeks due to the fall. Through the rehabilitation process, Jonty has held a positive mindset which he believes has allowed him to work towards where he is now. He has undergone the IPC classification process and now competes as a Para dressage rider with the hope of being selected for the next Paralympics.

This Years Panel Topics...

Panel 1

What is next for Women’s football after the FIFA Women’s World Cup?

Chair- Stephen Ridgway, Vice President, Head of Legal and Business Affairs, BeIN Media Group.

Guest Speakers:

Jenny Mitton – M&C Saatchi Sport and Entertainment.

Kelly Simmons OBE –  Sports Consultant, Director of Women in Football, Premiership Women’s Rugby Advisor.

Hannah Brown – Co CEO Women’s Football, DAZN.

Panel 2

Transgender Athletes: Inclusion vs Exclusion in pursuit of fairness

Chair- Dr. Andy Harvey, Author, Educator and Researcher.

Guest Speakers:

Jonathan Taylor KC – Bird & Bird LLP.

Richard Morris – Co Founder at Racing Pride.

Verity Smith – Rugby Player and LGBTQ+ Rights Activist.

Tim Naylor – Barrister and Director of Integrity and Regulation at the British Horseracing Authority.

Panel 3

Football’s Future

Chair – Celia Rooney, Blackstone Chambers.

Guest Speakers:

Miguel Delaney – Chief Football writer at The Independent.

Nicola Palios – Vice-Chairman Tranmere Rovers FC.

Martyn Ziegler – Chief sports reporter for The Times.

Panel 4

Managing Stakeholders: An In-house Lawyer’s Perspective

Chair- Polly Handford, Legal and Governance Director, The FA.

Guest Speakers:

Rod Findlay – Head of Legal & Governance (General Counsel), Birmingham City FC

Ash Cox – Executive Director of Business Affairs and General Counsel at British Swimming.

Karen Moorhouse – CEO International Tennis Integrity Agency.

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