Professional footballer turned solicitor Stuart Ripley will talk at Edge Hill University about his career change and the diverse sports disputes that he has worked on.

The former Middlesbrough, Blackburn Rovers, Southampton and England winger, who enjoyed a long professional career, is guest speaker at the University’s next Law Alumni Association Networking Event on Wednesday 21st March.

After finishing his playing career, he set up his own sports injury clinic, and then went on to study law. He graduated in 2007 with a combined honours degree in Law and French, and then joined Brabners Chaffe Street, a leading corporate and commercial law firm based in the north-west in 2008. He qualified as a Solicitor in 2010.

Stuart now specialises in Sports Law with a particular emphasis on football regulation. He advises professional clubs, players and agents on a variety of sporting issues including disciplinary, regulatory and contractual matters.

In his talk, Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Football Players: An Analysis of the Case Law, he will highlight the work he has undertaken on a variety of disputes before FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber and the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He will also discuss where the balance of power lies in professional football following the implementation of the Regulations over a decade ago.

Adam Pendlebury, co-ordinator of the Centre for Sports Law Research and Senior Lecturer in Law said: “Stuart Ripley has had such an interesting career path, starting out as a professional football player and now specialising in sports law, which is quite an unusual step. He has experienced both sides of football and has so many interesting stories to tell from his experiences. As a member of the Football Association’s Judicial Panel he hears cases relating to doping, safeguarding, on-the-field discipline, agent activity and discrimination.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our students, Law graduates, staff and professional members of our Law Advisory Panel to listen to a fascinating speaker and network with like-minded people after the event.”

The free event takes place in the Business School B001, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. If you would like to book your place at the event, or for further information on the Law Alumni Association, contact Caroline Mitchell, Affinity Officer either by email at or telephone 01695 584861.