Mark Hovell > Mills & Reeve LLP > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Mills & Reeve LLP
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Mark’s role as an arbitrator for the Court of Arbitration for Sport over the last decade has seen him involved in some high-profile cases, including his appointment to the 2016 Olympic ad hoc Division in Rio. He has now been involved in nearly 200 arbitrations. Mark was also re-appointed as an arbitrator on the Sport Resolutions Panel (Chairpersons List) in 2011 and is now a member of the National Anti-doping Panel. Mark continues to advise various sports union organisations including The Professional Footballers’ Association and The Professional Players Federation. Mark has also represented a number of clubs, such as Manchester City, QPR, Preston and Norwich. He represents a number of high-profile sport and entertainment clients in negotiations relating to their image rights and marketability. Mark is a qualified insolvency practitioner and has been involved in over 60 formal and informal professional football, rugby and rugby league club insolvencies, including Portsmouth FC in 2010 and 2012. Mark was awarded the title Partner of the Year at the 2013 Manchester Legal Awards and received a special recognition award at the 2013 NW Football Awards. He is a lecturer/visiting professor on Sports Law and finance at Universities in Madrid and New York; for other Colleges in Rome, London and Timisoara.


Trained George Davies Solicitors LLP; qualified 1993; former head of corporate George Davies Solicitors LLP; licensed insolvency practitioner since 1999; arbitrator Court of Arbitration for Sport since 2002; managing partner George Davies Solicitors LLP 2007-13; Head of Sports at M&R since 2013; chair of Sports Industry Group (Pro Manchester) since 2013. Current directorships: Pro Manchester; the Manchester Football Association; the James Milner Foundation; The Factory Youth Zone.


R3 (fellow); ICArb; RexSport.


Hymers College, Hull; UMIST (1989 2(1) (Hons) Management Sciences); MMU (1991 CPE and LSF); BPP (1999 Insolvency Practitioner Finals).


Running, football, golf and parenting.

Lawyer Rankings

North West > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport

(Leading individuals)

Mark HovellMills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP specialises in sports arbitration and litigation. Areas of expertise include image rights, sponsorship and endorsement deals, doping cases, defamation, disputes and tax. The firm’s clients include football clubs, national governing bodies, players’ associations, and various athletes. Arbitration specialist Mark Hovell co-heads the team alongside Carol Couse.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport

(Leading individuals)

Mark HovellMills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP‘s sports team has notable strength representing clients in a wide range of arbitration and litigation proceedings, covering breach of contract, match fixing and employment matters. During 2018, Mark Hovell, who is regarded as ‘one of the best British sports lawyers’, was appointed by CAS to arbitrate the high-profile dispute between AC Milan and UEFA relating to the Italian team’s financial fair play ban. The team has further expertise advising on image rights deals, player transfers, GDPR compliance and reputation management. Julian Moore joined as head of the practice in 2018 from Pinsent Masons LLP.