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Conference Day 1: Speakers

Professor Ulrich Haas

Ulrich is professor at law at the University of Zurich. Sports law as well as arbitration law are two of his major fields of research. Ulrich Haas also acts as a practitioner in these fields of law. He regularly acts as an arbitrator with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and the Basketball Arbitration Tribunal (BAT).

Furthermore, he was a member of the Code Project team that revised the WADC 2015 and a member of the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC), entrusted by the UCI to investigate the doping history in professional road cycling. He was CAS-arbitrator at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver (2010) and the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (2016)


The Hon Dr Annabelle Bennett AO SC

The Honourable Dr Annabelle Bennett AO SC is a retired Judge of the Federal Court of Australia and was an additional judge of the Supreme Court of the ACT, having previously practised as a Senior Counsel specialising in intellectual property. Her current roles include Chancellor of Bond University; an Arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport; Member of the Board of Directors of the Garvan Institute; Member of the Advisory Council of Questacon; Member and past President of Chief Executive Women; and Member of the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Law at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.


Richard Redman

Richard has been a lawyer in the field of sports law and anti-doping for 14 years.  Richard represented the Cronulla Sharks players in the much publicised ASADA investigation into doping in NRL and AFL football.  Richard was Head of Case Management for UK Anti-Doping  in the lead up to, and during, the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Prior to that Richard was Director of Legal Services for the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) for 4 years.  Richard has also worked in private practice in Sydney and Melbourne.  Most recently, Richard was General Manager of Legal, Regulatory & Compliance for football in Victoria.


Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson is a partner in Wotton + Kearney’s Melbourne office and has practised solely in insurance law with a focus on general liability for over 15 years.

With specialities in personal injury, workers liability and property damage, Richard regularly provides advice to insurers relating to complex indemnity issues and through this work is widely regarded for his exceptional defence and negotiation skills in highly technical matters. He has a special interest in Sports related injury claims and is a committee member of the Law Institute of Victoria Sports Law Committee.

Dr Michael Makdissi

Dr Michael Makdissi is a Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician at Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre in Melbourne.  He has extensive experience with a range of sports. He has been part of the Australian medical team at the World University Games (Degu, Ismir), Commonwealth Games (Delhi, Glasgow) and Olympic Games (London) and currently works with the Hawthorn football club.

Michael is a Research Fellow at the Melbourne Brain Centre (Florey Institute of Neurosciences and Mental Health, University of Melbourne).  He also has honorary research positions at La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre (La Trobe University), and the Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP, Federation University).  He was a member of the Concussion in Sport Consensus Group at the past 3 International Conferences on Concussion in Sport, and is currently an honorary member of advisory groups to a range of sporting organisations (including AFL, World Rugby, Australian Rugby Union and Cricket Australia).


Garth Towan

Garth is an experienced corporate advisory and commercial disputes resolution lawyer, specialising in sports law at Lander & Rogers. He has completed a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from Deakin University and a Master of Laws majoring in Sports Law at The University of Melbourne.

In his role as a Senior Associate in the Chambers recognised sports practice at Lander & Rogers (Band 2) Garth regularly assists and provides legal advice to international, national and state sporting organisations, professional sporting clubs, government sport and recreation departments and agencies, sport and recreation facility managers and venues and event rights holders. 

Garth was recognised in the 2016/2017, 2015/2016 and 2014/2015 Editions of Best Lawyers (Australia) for expertise in the area of Sports Law.


Peter Leonard

Peter is principal of Data Synergies, a data commercialisation consultancy.

His focus is assisting data driven businesses with data value realisation projects, including multi-party data linkage projects, privacy protective business processes, management of data ecosystems, data curation and governance, IP capture, mitigation of algorithmic liability exposure and project management of data deals.

In April 2017 he moved from private technology law practice (principally advising data and technology businesses) to focus on design and management of data driven projects.

He was a founding partner of Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers and continues to be a Consultant to that firm.

In 2016 Peter was voted by his peers as Sydney Technology Lawyer of the Year. In 2017 he was recognized by Euromoney's Best of the Best Expert Guides as one of the top 30 technology law practitioners globally.

Peter chairs the Data Access, Use and Privacy Workstream of the IoT Alliance Australia and the Law Society of NSW's Privacy and Communications Committee. He was formerly global chair of the Technology Committee of the International Bar Association and a director of iappANZ.  He sits on the Advisory Board of the NSW Data Analytics Centre.

Kim Brennan AM (nee Crow)

Kim is an Olympic Gold medallist in rowing and a lawyer. 

An outstanding youth athlete, Kim had to cope with the burden of quitting her chosen sport of athletics (she was a World Youth silver medallist in the 400m hurdles) as the result of a career debilitating foot injury. In learning about herself through this disappointment, she channelled her determination into recovery and then into her new sport of rowing.

Kim won herself a seat in the Australian women's eight within eight months of starting rowing, and went on to win a World Championships bronze medal that year. She has since raced internationally in all Olympic boat classes, culminating in an Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Rio Games. Four years earlier she won a silver and bronze medal in the double and single sculls respectively at London 2012. She was the only rower from any country to attempt two rowing events at the London Olympics.

Kim has been crowned World Champion in the single scull in 2013 and 2015 and was voted world female rower of the year in 2013.

Throughout her dedicated and arduous training regime, Kim has maintained her study and career, graduating from her Melbourne University with a Media and Communications / Law degree (first class honours and awarded the prize as top female graduate). In 2009 she interned at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland and in 2012 she was elected chair of the Australian Olympic Committee Athletes' Commission. She currently fills the deputy Chair role, and also sits on the AIS Ethics Committee, the AOC Selection Committee and the Rowing Australia Athletes’ Commission.

While rowing, she worked as a lawyer both in private practice where she specialised in Intellectual Property Law, Commercial Law and Sports Law and then as in-house counsel at Basketball ACT. Recruited by Ernst and Young in 2016, Kim now works in IT & People Advisory Services.

While rowing Kim was involved with various charity initiatives including the Good Sports Program and the Kafue River and Rowing Centre in Zambia. She was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2017.

Jon Marquard

John runs a specialist digital and media advisory practice.  He has  20+ years operational and strategic experience across digital, telco, pay TV and FTA Television.  He continues to be closely involved in many major sports and content deals  both in Australia and overseas.


Ian McGill

Ian is a partner of Allens who has worked in broadcasting, pay television and sports rights for over 30 years.

Paul O'Grady QC (Victorian Bar)

Paul was admitted to practice as solicitor in 1990 and joined the Victorian Bar in 2002. He took silk in November 2015. His practice throughout has been in employment and industrial law.

In addition to his work as a barrister, Paul is an Honorary Senior Fellow in the Law School at Melbourne University, having taught in the Melbourne Law Masters for many years.

He is a co-author of the leading Australian text Macken’s Law of Employment, the 8th edition of which was published in June 2016, and he is an editor of the practice section of the Australian Journal of Labour Law.

His love of his family and cricket, golf, travel and the Hawthorn Football Club keeps him occupied outside of his professional life.




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