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Mark Hovell

Mark Hovell

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My specialist area

Sports Law, Insolvency and Commercial

I qualified in 


What it's like to work at George Davies

As Managing Partner and having worked nowhere else, I'm biased! But I love it! 

My professional memberships/ networks

Fellow of R3
Member of Court of Arbitration for Sport
Sports Resolution Chairpersons List
Advisor to the Professional Players Federation
FA Registered Lawyer
Director of Manchester Youth Zone

What clients say about me

"Managing partner and practice head Mark Hovell has an excellent reputation for sports insolvency." - Chambers and Partners UK 2011

"Department head Mark Hovell is "a very collaborative lawyer who is always very effective and efficient in coming back with issues and ensuring that he can deliver what is needed." He is especially well regarded for his insolvency work in the sports sector." - Chambers and Partners UK 2012

"At George Davies Solicitors LLP, Mark Hovell has particular strength in sports-related insolvencies, and has been involved in some 50 football club insolvencies/restructurings." - Legal 500, 2011

My experience/ cases of note

Of late I have been more involved on the sports side - advising players' associations and their members. I have been involved in over 50 football club insolvencies/ restructurings. I also specialise in international sports disputes through arbitration, working on leading training compensation, Article 17 and other football matters; being part of CAS's ad hoc committee present at the Commonwealth games in Delhi.

My additional qualifications

Insolvency Practitioner
Certified Arbitrator 

Click here to view Mark's full Arbitration CV 

What I do when I'm not at work

I'm a full time dad but I like football, rugby, running, and playing racketball and golf when I get a minute!