Carol Couse

Carol Couse


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What can Carol do for you?

Carol advises clients on regulatory and commercial issues in sport, media and entertainment. She has particular expertise in football regulatory matters (player transfers, player contracts, immigration/work permit requirements). She also appears before dispute resolution forums at a domestic and international level, including before FIFA, UEFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Carol is an accredited commercial and civil mediator and is a Sport Resolutions mediator and arbitrator.  She understands the benefits of alternative dispute resolution for clients, where the need to resolve maters in a confidential and often timely way are paramount, preserving relationships where possible, She also has experience of managing multi million pound high profile cases before the ordinary courts, working alongside our expert team of litigators.

Supporting your ambitions

Having previously worked in-house for Manchester United and the football agency Proactive, and having worked in sports, media and entertainment throughout her career, Carol has an in depth knowledge of the industry and is well placed to understand the needs and expectations of her clients. She presents pragmatic legal advice in a clear and concise way, mindful of the commercial and career demands of her clients and related reputational and PR issues. 

Carol also heads our Latin America Desk and works closely with numerous international best friend law firms, so benefits from a wide network of global advisers.  This enables her, where appropriate to introduce lawyers in other jurisdictions, who are not only experts in their field, but who are likely to be the 'best fit' for the client's needs.  

What do others say?

Much of Carol's work is international in nature. Carol and her team successfully brought a claim for disability discrimination against Newcastle United for the Argentinian player Jonas Gutierrez, who gave the following client reference: "Carol gave me excellent professional support throughout the tribunal proceedings and dealt with matters in a sensitive way, explaining everything to me in Spanish which really made things easier".


What else should you know?

As a Spanish speaker, Carol often advises clients in their mother tongue, which assists them in dealing with complex legal matters.

Carol is regularly ranked as a Top 10 Global Thought Leader in Who's Who Legal.

Legal 500 states "Carol works tirelessly for clients, is a superb communicator, gives clear and practical advice, often on complex multi jurisdictional matters"   

Chambers and Partners refers to the following client testimonial: "Her knowledge was immediately apparent and her advice was very sensible, commercial and industry specific and her drafting was good, clear and concise".  



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