Carol Couse

Position: Head of Sport (International)
Phone: +(44)(0)161 234 8806
Offices:Manchester

What can I do for you?

I have specialised in sports law with a particular focus on football for over ten years, both in house and in private practice. I advise professional football leagues, clubs, players, managers and agents on football regulatory matters (including on all aspects of player transfers, player contracts and immigration/work permit requirements).

I also represent clients before sports dispute forums at a domestic and international level including before FIFA, UEFA, The FA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport. I advise sports and other rights holders on commercial matters, including image rights, sponsorship, endorsement and event organisation (including tours).

Supporting my clients’ ambitions

I enjoy working with a wide variety of clients, including well renowned players, clubs, managers, leagues and associations. No day is ever the same, whether I am advising clients domestically or internationally, on contentious or non-contentious matters.

Given the international nature of the sports industry, my Spanish language skills have proved to be something that clients value, particularly in relation to negotiating deals and mediating conflicts.

Much of the work we undertake is done under considerable time pressure, such as disciplinary proceedings relating to on field matters before The FA or UEFA or player transfers on deadline day, when we do everything possible to achieve our clients’ objectives.

What do others say?

One of the most common things we hear from clients is that we provide practical and straightforward advice with a personal and engaging approach.

We advise on a wide range of legal, commercial and regulatory matters in sport and have been recognised as industry leaders in players’ rights issues (successfully representing footballers in the leading defamation, doping, and discrimination cases), arbitration and litigation (hundreds of cases before dispute resolution bodies, including employment tribunals, The FA, FIFA, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport), insolvency and restructuring (having on over 60 of these matters for sporting clients), advising foreign athletes and clubs (members of our team are fluent in several languages and admitted to practice in a number of international jurisdictions), and our work in women’s sport (advising England women’s football and netball teams, the FA WSL players, and several individual athletes).

Carol Couse is 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”.

Legal 500 describes our sports law team as “first class in every respect.”

Chambers describes our sports law team as having “an outstanding offering in football.”

I am referred to as “well respected in that sector, having represented sports clients in a range of dispute resolution forums both at home and abroad” (Who’s Who Legal: Sport and Entertainment 2013)

Chambers 2014 describes me as "sensible, straightforward and easy to communicate with". Peers highlight my language skills, which have enabled me to forge strong working relationships with clients in France, Spain and Latin America.

What else should you know?

I regularly lecture domestically and internationally on sports law issues both in English and Spanish. I find this is useful in helping me to keep clients up to speed on the latest legal developments. It also enables me to develop my international network of contacts, which is useful when clients require legal expertise in other jurisdictions.