Gareth Farrelly

Gareth Farrelly is a former Premiership and international footballer. He played for Aston Villa FC, Everton FC and Bolton Wanderers FC. He also played for the Republic of Ireland.


He retired early from football due to a life-changing illness. Given his own negative experiences with Agents and Financial Advisers, he returned to university, trained and qualified as a lawyer. During his training contract he built a large class action representing sportspeople, as well as other HNW’s in complex high value tax fraud litigation and associated negligence actions, as well as claims for restitution from mis-sold financial products.

He has also developed significant expertise in sports law, building on his extensive practical experience in the sporting industry. He has been involved in numerous transfers and disputes concerning current and former players. He was a Court of Arbitration for Sport Arbitrator and Premier League Judicial Panel Member. In addition, he was also a member of Sports Resolutions’ Independent Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators.

He is a member of the Football Association’s Judicial Panel and sits on both the Chairman’s Panel and the Football Panel. He is the President of the MIP Alumni Association, a group of former international players who completed a Masters Programme with UEFA –  He is the Co-Founder of Player4Player and the Union of European Clubs