Carol Couse: Counsel to Kieran Trippier on move

Mills & Reeve partner advised England international on Newcastle transfer





One of the most talked about moves in the January 2022 transfer window so far has been Kieran Trippier’s move from Atletico Madrid to Newcastle.


Newcastle’s new Saudi-owners will be hoping Trippier will play a major role in helping the club to avoid relegation to the Championship under the management of former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe.


Trippier was advised on the £12 million transfer a Mills & Reeve team led by partner Carol Couse.


Here we profile the lawyer that helped to make Trippier’s transfer to Newcastle happen.


Name: Carol Couse

Role: Partner at law firm Mills & Reeve

Track Record: Couse advises football clients on regulatory and commercial issues. Her areas of expertise include player transfers, player contracts, as well as immigration and work permit requirements). She has also appeared before international dispute resolution forums, including before FIFA, UEFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).


An accredited commercial and civil mediator, Couse is a sport resolutions mediator and arbitrator.


Couse previously worked in-house at Manchester United as well at the Proactive football agency. A team led by Couse, who is a Spanish speaker, successfully brought a claim for disability discrimination against Newcastle United for the Argentinian player Jonas Gutierrez, who said: "Carol gave me excellent professional support throughout the tribunal proceedings and dealt with matters in a sensitive way, explaining everything to me in Spanish which really made things easier".


Couse is popular a choice among clients who have praised her communication skills, practical advice and expertise in multi-jurisdictional matters.

Couse has also been involved in a Mills & Reeve sports team project chronicling the careers of two fictional football characters.