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Maurice Watkins CBE

Maurice Watkins CBE

Senior Partner

Maurice’s expertise

Maurice Watkins CBE is one of the best known sports lawyers in the World.  He has wide experience in a number of sports both as a legal practitioner and as a board or committee member.

About Maurice

Maurice is Senior Partner at Brabners LLP Manchester and is also Head of the Sports team. In 2012 Maurice stepped down as a director of Manchester United Football Club after 28 years’ service.

For many years he was a member of the Premier League’s Legal Advisory Group and one of the first employer’s representatives on the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber.

Maurice was a Director of the Rugby Football League Board for 12 years and also interim Chairman. In 2012 he completed a Governance Review of the Rugby Football League.  He is a director of Lancashire County Cricket Club. He is President of the British Association for Sport & Law and Chairman of British Swimming, the Rugby League European Federation.

He has advised the South African Premier League on the sale of its broadcasting and sponsorship rights and the Association of European Professional Football Leagues on constitutional matters. He is a regular speaker on footballing issues including at international conferences in Brazil, China, Dubai, Egypt, Kuwait, the Ivory Coast, Japan, Oman, Nigeria, Qatar, Thailand and Trinidad & Tobago dealing with the formation and administration of professional leagues as well as presenting papers to the European Community Trade Marks Association and Court of Arbitration for Sport.  He sits on the Legal Committees of FINA (World Swimming) and LEN (European Swimming). He is a trustee of the Professional Footballers Pension Scheme.

Maurice chairs a number of charitable bodies including Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity, the Board of Governors of The Manchester Grammar School and New Islington Free School.  He is also a Council Member of Bradford University.

Maurice was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by University College London in 2011 and the CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2011 for services to Charity. He was also recognised in the Manchester Legal Awards 2013 for an Outstanding Achievement Award and he received the North West Pride Award at the North West Business Masters Awards 2013. He was voted 2014 International Sports and Entertainment Lawyer of the Year at the Who’s Who Legal Annual Awards in New York.

What other say about Maurice

The Legal 500 2017 describes Maurice as 'excellent' and recommends him as a leading individual.

The Legal 500 2016 recommends Maurice and they describe him as a leading individual.

 

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Maurice Watkins CBE