May 05 2022

Sport Resolutions Annual Conference 2022 in association with Winston & Strawn LLP

Event Overview

Event of the year for law and sport professionals

Sport Resolutions Annual Conference 2022 in association with Winston & Strawn LLP will take place on Thursday 5th May 2022 at the five-star Leonardo Royal London Hotel (formerly the Grange St. Paul’s Hotel).

As with past events we will have an esteemed panel of sport professionals and industry experts to discuss the latest news and ideas in the areas of anti-doping, athlete welfare, good governance and integrity. 

This year we are planning to increase the number of sessions to six in order to cover more topics and increase audience engagement. Two of these will last one hour each, with the remaining four at 30-45 minutes each.

Event Presenter

This year's event will be moderated by BBC journalist and presenter Holly Hamilton. 

Networking Opportunities

Every year we host over 200 legal and sport professionals at our event. These conferences provide many opportunities for our attendees to network. We serve breakfast (hot drinks and pastries) during the registration period where attendees get an early opportunity to meet other professionals as well as during the two coffee breaks and the open buffet lunch. 

We also host a separate breakfast between 8am and 9am in association with Women in Sports Law (WISLaw), to encourage female profesionals to meet and share views (please note that the WISLaw breakfast is also open to male professionals if they wish to join).

And finally after the conference we will host a networking drinks reception in the hotel's Sabine Rooftop Bar with spectacular views over St Paul's Cathedral and the London skyline.


WISLAW breakfast

Sport Resolutions Annual Conference 2022 in association with Winston & Strawn LLP



Welcome by Richard Harry


1st session - A review of the 2021 WADA Code – has it had a positive impact?


2nd session - Sportswashing, law and the politics of sport


Coffee Break


3rd session - Mothers in Sport


Lunch & Networking 


4th session - Legal implications of NFTs in sports


5th session - DSD and trans athletes: A review of genetics, biology and ethics and the impact on binary sex categories in sport 


6th session - Regulation and governance in esports 


Closing remarks


Drinks reception at Sabine Rooftop Bar

Holly Hamilton

Holly HamiltonPresenter

Award-winning broadcaster can be found on BBC One, BBC Two and BBC News, where she is best-known as a presenter on BBC Breakfast & BBC Sport. Originally from Co. Down in Northern Ireland, she has spent over a decade working on some of the UK’s biggest television networks.

As one of BBC Breakfast’s most energetic presenters, Holly’s career has taken her from the famous red sofa to the green grass courts of Wimbledon where she’s been part of the BBC’s coverage from the All England Club over the past two years, presented live from the red carpet of BBC Sports Personality of the Year and anchored BBC Sports day from a number of exciting venues across the country.

Away from sport, Holly is the presenter for BBC holiday series, Getaways and is a familiar face across BBC Northern Ireland. In 2019, she fronted NI’s Children in Need live show, hosted Open for Summer from The Open in Portrush alongside Colin Murray and became the first woman to host long running comedy panel series The Blame Game.

Despite her Irish roots, Holly Hamilton’s career began in Scotland where she worked for Scottish Television (STV) for several years and was part of the original news broadcast team on the channel’s flagship political programme Scotland Tonight. She also worked as News and Sport Editor for Downtown Radio and Cool FM where she was part of the Breakfast show voted Radio Show of the Year”(CIPR Awards).

Christopher Quinlan KC

Christopher Quinlan KC

Christopher is a sports and criminal law King’s Counsel.

He is an accomplished trial advocate and Crown Court Recorder. He is a highly experienced chair of numerous sport tribunals. He has written several sporting reviews commissioned by national governing bodies. He chairs World Rugby's Independent Judicial Panel and also the Football Association’s Independent Judicial Panel Chair. In January 2023 he was appointed the inaugural Chair of the English Football League (‘EFL’) Club Financial Review Panel.

Christopher led a review of the structure, composition, and operation of the British Horseracing Authority (‘BHA’) Disciplinary Panel, Appeal Board and Licensing Committee. The resulting ‘Quinlan Review’ made far-reaching recommendations to bring the process in line with current best practice. The BHA accepted all 24 recommendations.

Christopher led an independent review into events at Wrexham Tennis Centre which was published in January 2019. In summer of 2020 Christopher conducted an independent review and evaluation of the safeguarding policies and procedures of UK Athletics. Christopher is currently overseeing and managing the British Gymnastics (‘BG’) specialist Independent Complaints Process (‘ICP’) handling a wide range of safeguarding complaints.

Christopher is an experienced member of the Sport Resolutions administered National Anti-Doping Panel as well as Sport Resolutions' National Safeguarding Panel. 

Dominique Leroux-Lacroix

Dominique Leroux-LacroixSession 1 Speaker

Canadian and Swiss Attorney-at-law, sports enthusiasm, University of McGill Law graduate, B.C.L./LL.B., member of the New York State Bar Association.

Dominique is currently Head of the Legal Affairs at the International Testing Agency since October 2018. Prior to that she was Head of the Legal Anti-Doping Services at the Union Cycliste Internationale for 7 years. Dominique has developed an in-depth knowledge of anti-doping and its legal framework and intricacies.

Katy Stirling

Katy StirlingSession 1 Speaker

Katy is Legal Counsel at the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA). The ITIA is the legally-independent body established by the international governing bodies of tennis to promote, encourage and safeguard the integrity of professional tennis worldwide. Katy joined the ITIA in April 2021. Prior to joining the ITIA, Katy trained at Slaughter and May, qualifying as a finance lawyer in 2013, before moving to Morgan Sports Law in December 2017. Katy has a chemistry degree and has a specific interest in the scientific aspects of anti-doping cases.

Jeff Benz

Jeff BenzSession 1 Speaker

Jeffrey Benz, Esq., FCIArb, CEDS, is a dual-qualified English barrister and U.S. attorney as well as a sought-after ADR practitioner with JAMS based in London and Los Angeles. Following a career as a litigator with a large international law firm, Mr. Benz worked in-house at global sports, entertainment and technology entities, including in executive leadership positions. Since 2001, he has mediated and arbitrated several hundred complex, domestic and cross-border disputes.

Mr. Benz brings the high energy and unflagging persistence of a former competitive athlete to drive resolutions. As an arbitrator, he shapes the process with an eye for efficiency and fairness. Who’s Who Legal: UK Bar shared, he is “’widely recognised for his first-rate arbitration practice’ and clients note he is ‘in a class of his own’ when it comes to complex sports disciplinary disputes.”  In 2016, the BBC noted that Mr. Benz is “widely regarded as amongst the most experienced judges” in world sport.  He has been recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” for arbitration in Los Angeles and as one of the Best Lawyers in America (Best Lawyers, 2021, 2022). Mr. Benz was a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport Ad Hoc Division at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.

David Grevemberg

David GrevembergSession 2 Speaker

David Grevemberg is the Chief Innovation and Partnerships Officer, a critical role in expanding the Centre for Sport and Human Rights (CSHR)’s drive to embed respect for human rights in sports organisations and events around the world. David works with the CSHR team to lead projects that drive positive change in sport, including education and training initiatives and overseeing development of major new initiatives.

David joined the Centre after 6 and a half years as Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), the organisation responsible for the Commonwealth Games, Commonwealth Youth Games and many other initiatives that inspire Commonwealth athletes to drive the ambition and power of all Commonwealth citizens through sport.

Previously, David was Chief Executive of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, with ultimate managerial responsibility for the organisation’s successful preparation and staging of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. He was the chief liaison with national and local government and many other stakeholders, and played a leadership role developing and innovating a variety of sport, commercial, cultural, community engagement, corporate social responsibility and legacy programmes.

Before that, David was the Executive Director of Sport and International Federation Relations at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) headquartered in Bonn, Germany. A former competitive wrestler, during his career he has also served as a coach, athlete agent, team administrator, consultant and Board member.

Cardelle Spangler

Cardelle SpanglerSession 3 Speaker

Cardelle Spangler is the managing partner of Winston & Strawn LLP's Chicago office. Over her 20-year career as an employment litigator and advisor, Cardelle has concentrated her practice on employment relations litigation and counselling matters.

She has represented clients in complex class action, collective action, multi-plaintiff, and single plaintiff employment litigation. Cardelle has substantial trial experience before state and federal courts, as well as arbitrators. She has successfully defended collective action lawsuits brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act; class action lawsuits brought under ERISA alleging breaches of fiduciary duties against corporate and individual defendants; claims brought under ERISA for denial of benefits and discrimination; claims brought under various state and federal statutes for age, race, sex, color, religion, and disability discrimination and/or harassment; and common law and/or statutory claims for unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets, and various torts.

Cardelle has also conducted harassment and other investigations, drafted employment and independent contractor agreements, and conducted labor and employment training.

Sarah Gregorius

Sarah GregoriusSession 3 Speaker

Sarah Gregorius is FIFPRO's Director of Global Policy & Strategic Relations, Women's Football. Sarah joined FIFPRO in September of 2019 after enjoying a ten-year career as a international and professional footballer, playing 100 matches for the New Zealand Women's National Team and pursuing club football in Germany, England, and Japan. This experience, as well as years of experience as part of the NZ Professional Footballers' Association, gives her a strong grounding in the work and role of Unions in domestic and international football. 

Nekoda Smythe-Davis

Nekoda Smythe-DavisSession 3 Speaker

Nekoda firstly is a mother to her beautiful daughter Ryia, who she sees as by far her biggest blessing. Prior to motherhood, she has been an elite Judo athlete for the last decade, of which her greatest achievements include: representing Great Britain at the Olympics (2016); winning Commonwealth Gold (2014); taking world bronze (2017) and world silver (2018). She stands as one of fifteen British Judo athletes to have ever achieved this.

Prior to a concussion injury in 2019, she was on target to make the Tokyo Olympic games. She made the tough decision to forgo the Olympic race to put her health first and was blessed enough to fall pregnant with her baby girl who arrived a month after the Olympics commenced in 2021. She feels she won a different kind of medal the day her daughter was born! Now 7 months postpartum, her comeback is underway and she plans to be competing again by the end of 2022. In her free time she is also a student, ambassador, mentor and coach.

Alexandra Newman

Alexandra NewmanSession 3 Speaker

Alexandra Newman is currently the Standards Manager at UK Sport (UKS). In 2020, she joined UKS as a Sport Integrity Manager and provided casework management and programme co-ordination of the Sport Integrity function, including the management of the end-to-end Eligibility Policy process. She also managed several sport integrity issues, including but not limited to misconduct and disrepute, anti-doping, crimes and betting. Alexandra is one of the co-authors of the UKS Pregnancy Guidance for Sports Governing Bodies and Athletes, which was published in November 2021.

Prior to joining UKS, Alexandra worked at UK Anti-Doping for nine years, most recently as the Performance Sport Education Manager where she led the development, delivery, implementation, and reporting of the Major Games Education programme to ensure core stakeholders met the requirements of the UK Clean Games Policy.

Baz Moffat

Baz MoffatSession 3 Speaker

After achieving a first-class honours degree and a Masters, Baz Moffat jumped into the boat and rowed straight onto the Great Britain national team. Over an impressive career she won several medals, including a silver at the 2007 World Championships.

After Baz hung up her oars she launched a successful international coaching business. Specialising in pelvic health, Baz has helped hundreds of women – from pro athletes to new mums – tap greater health and happiness by understanding mind, body and the interplay of the two.

Baz looks back fondly at her sporting career but recognises a lack of female-specific coaching limited her potential. Now a prominent voice in the women’s health movement, Baz wants to highlight and address the institutional gaps that stop women reaching their potential in sport and beyond. 

Alex Kelham

Alex KelhamSession 4 Speaker

Alex is a Partner at Lewis Silkin LLP and leads the firm’s Sports Business Group. She is a sports lawyer specialising in commercial and IP matters. Alex drafts and negotiates multi-million pound global sponsorship agreements and advises on all aspects of sports marketing, licensing and events. She also works with new and innovative tech platforms, particularly in areas where sport, entertainment and advertising meet. In this context she regularly advises on broadcast deals and advertising and media regulation.  Alex increasingly supports  clients on contractual and IP matters relating to NFTs, the metaverse and other tech trends. She is also an expert on ambush marketing and regularly advises on athlete image rights, brand protection and endorsement deals

Alex knows the sports industry from multiple perspectives: she swam at an international level, worked in house in the London 2012 legal team, and is a non-executive director of British Swimming. She now advises athletes, clubs/teams and federations across a wide range of sports as well as agencies, sports tech businesses and sponsoring brands.

Alex is recognised in as a Leading Individual in Legal 500 and as a Ranked Lawyer in Chambers & Partners UK for Sport.

Dr Alun Williams

Dr Alun WilliamsSession 5 Speaker

Alun Williams has research interests that originated in muscle physiology, nutrition, and occupational performance in the military, which then spread to the genetics underlying inter-individual variability in sport performance. He has a PhD from the University of Birmingham and works at Manchester Metropolitan University Institute of Sport where he heads sports genomics research, applying that to human performance, injury risk, and how that interfaces with eligibility criteria for sex categories in sport.

Alun also has honorary positions at Swansea University and University College London. He has recently authored Expert Statements for the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) on scientific aspects of the eligibility criteria for trans and DSD athletes in sport. He served as an Independent Expert Witness at CAS in 2019. He has published over 100 research articles on sport science and medicine (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Alun-Williams-5). He also used to play semi-professional rugby union and now blames his very average genetics for not making a career out of it.

Andrew Nixon

Andrew NixonSpeaker

Andrew heads up the sports and esports team at the entertainment and media firm Sheridans. Andrew and the team act for a wide range of stakeholders within the esports industry, including rights holders, agencies, leagues, teams, game developers and individual esports talent (players, streamers and influencers).

He has also spoken at various esports and sports conferences and events on esports, across a variety of issues, including esports regulation, player welfare, governance and the commercialisation of esports and content licensing, and sponsorship in esports.

Andrew's background is in traditional sports sector, acting for governing bodies, rights holders, sports data companies, sports clubs, sports agencies, sponsors and individual athletes.

Andrew’s team at Sheridans is regarded as the leading esports practice in Europe, and it acts for the whole range of stakeholders within the industry, including the leading teams and players, as well as a number of the major leagues across multiple game titles. Andrew and his team have also advised on some of the most valuable and significant player transfers in the market.

Andrew is a member of the advisory board to the British Esports Association, and is well known to be a strong advocate of the importance of driving robust and strong governance and regulation with in the esports industry, including in relation to player welfare.

Ticket Information

Early Bird Tickets are priced at £310.00 exc. of VAT and will be available from Thursday 10 February until 23:59 Thursday 31 March 2022.

Standard Tickets are priced at £365.00 exc. of VAT and will be available on Friday 1 April 2022 until the event day. 

Students in full-time education have the opportunity to attend the conference for the discounted price of £80.00 exc. of VAT with our Academic Ticket (student ID or email address required).

Our Group Ticket permits three tickets to be purchased for the price of two standard price tickets (which works out as £243.33 exc. of VAT per ticket). Please note that this offer is only applicable to standard ticket prices and all three attendees must be from the same organisation.

Further discounts are also available should an organisation wish to purchase tickets for 5 people or more. To find out more about our group bookings please email us at: resolve@sportresolutions.com

Our event T&C’s can be accessed via the related documents tab.