Liz Ellen

Liz Ellen

Liz Ellen, Associate, Dispute Resolution

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Liz is a specialist sports lawyer. She is creative in her approach and finds solutions to complex issues. Her in-depth knowledge of the sports in which she operates means that she is always able to provide her clients with the clear and decisive advice they require. She is passionate about the cases she takes on, and often fights for the underdog.

Much of Liz's work has an international aspect, whether it be image rights agreements, anti-corruption policies, or complicated cross-border transfer deals. Liz has an impressive network of contacts in the Far Eastern sports industry, which is aided by her Chinese background.

Liz has been an FA Licensed Players Agent since 2004, and works closely with players and agents on all aspects of their careers. She is a member of The FA's Agents Panel.

In 2013, Liz was featured alongside Kelly Simmons and Hope Powell in the FA's "20 Years, 20 Careers" project, which aims to encourage women to pursue careers in sport.

Liz is a member of the British Association of Sport and Law (BASL), Women's Sport Network, and Women In Football.

Key Experience

  • Acting for Leyton Orient Football Club on claims relating to the Olympic Stadium, including judicial review and arbitration proceedings.
  • Conducting due diligence for the prospective takeover of a Premier League football club.
  • Advising on the complicated administration of a football club, and dealing with the subsequent litigation arising from the administration.
  • Overturning disciplinary action brought by a football club against an international player.
  • Negotiating an England footballer’s sponsorship deal with Nike.
  • Structuring a complicated cross-border transfer deal so as to protect a foreign player's immigration status.
  • Intervening on behalf of a player in criminal proceedings so as to prevent the player being maliciously defamed in open court.
  • Appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, challenging a Dispute Resolution Chamber ruling which prevented a player from being registered with his new club when complications arose relating to the Arab Spring.
  • Challenging a ban imposed by the European Boxing Union on a British champion boxer, leaving him free to challenge for the European title.
  • Advising a global brand on ambush marketing issues and the impact of the London Olympic Games & Paralympic Games Act 2006.

Career History

Associate, Mishcon de Reya
Solicitor, Mishcon de Reya
Post Graduate Certificate in Sports Law, Kings College, University of London
Legal Practice Course, The College of Law
Law LLB, School of Oriental
African Studies, University of London

Articles and Publications

Liz provides insight on sporting issues to the media. Some of her published work is available to download from the column on the right.

In 2011, Liz was runner-up in the prestigious Coubertain Olympic Awards Essay Competition, writing about ethics, business and sport in the context of the London 2012 Olympic legacy.