by Mills & Reeve


The vast majority of our clients prefer to remain private, but we are pleased to provide a selection of testimonials.

While we are pleased to be recognised as a leading sports law firm in industry rankings, the happiness of our clients is our only metric for success.

James Milner, Liverpool and former England footballer

"The team provides excellent customer service. All my wishes have been dealt with in a professional manner and extremely efficiently.  The staff are experienced, trustworthy and knowledgeable and I would be pleased to recommend them".


Jonas Gutierrez, former Newcastle and Argentina footballer

"I’d like to thank Carol for the help that she gave me in my case. For how she explained things to me and the sensitivity and the professionalism with which she worked. Especially how she translated things and her very good Spanish".

David Seaman, former Arsenal and England footballer

"They're available any time and they are direct and to the point. A very impressive team".


Legal 500

"First class in every respect."


"Mills & Reeve LLP advises sports union organisations and their members, including the PFA, the Professional Players Federation, the Rugby Players’ Association, and League Thirteen. The firm also acts for Angel di Maria, Preston North End FC and Manchester City FC."


"Carol Couse is very well regarded for her work with Spanish and South American clients." 


"...Mark Hovell, who is ‘diligent and calm under pressure.’ He acts for the PFA, and his role as an arbitrator for the Court of Arbitration for Sport has seen him involved in various high-profile cases."


"Mark Hovell has ‘a wealth of knowledge’."


"Mark Hovell is noted for his sports sector expertise, recently advising the Professional Footballers’ Association and its members."


Chambers UK


 "Carol is ‘sensible, straightforward and easy to communicate with’. Peers highlight her language skills, which have enabled her to forge strong working relationships with clients in France, Spain and Latin America."


"Carol Couse is widely recognised for her strong relationships with a long list of Spanish and Latin American football clients, assisted by her mastery of the Spanish language. Sources declare that 'she is very good strategically' and is 'always giving us great advice, and understands our needs."


"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."


"Sources view department head Mark Hovell as a 'fantastic all-rounder in everything that is the business of sport' who is 'calm, reassuring, with a good grasp of the issues.' He frequently sits as an arbitrator at CAS in Switzerland as well as providing counsel on regulatory matters in football and netball."