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  • Published:
    18 December

Shakespeare Martineau appointed to panel for legal advice for sport and recreation

Shakespeare Martineau is delighted to be appointed to the Legal Panel Framework for the sport and recreation sector. The appointment was made as part of a competitive tender process with firms asked to demonstrate their ability to provide legal counsel and expertise to sport and recreation organisations. 

The appointment enables the firm to provide legal support to over 300 national governing bodies, sports and recreational organisations and associations from across the Sport and Recreation Alliance, Sport England, UK Sport, Sport Wales and Sport Northern Ireland. 

As part of the refresh of the Legal Panel Framework for the sport and recreation sector, £75,000 worth of legal services has been made available to sport and recreation organisations each year over the course of the two-year contract. Each of the law firms appointed to the Framework will provide up to £5,000 of pro bono support per year.

The Framework will provide organisations with a turnover of less than £500,000 per annum the opportunity to access trusted legal advice and services from the appointed law firms on a pro bono basis. In addition, it will provide all organisations across the sector with a database of trusted legal firms with expertise in sport and recreation. 

The Sport and Recreation Alliance, Sport England, UK Sport and Sport Wales created the Framework in 2013 and the refresh this year sees Sport Northern Ireland join the programme, making the service available to organisations in Northern Ireland for the first time.   

Emma Boggis, Chief Executive of the Sport and Recreation Alliance said: “Trusted legal advice is incredibly valuable and we want the Framework to be a useful tool for all organisations in the sector. 

"The commitment from the firms to provide pro bono advice will make a real difference to smaller organisations in dealing with legal issues that may arise and, who, despite less resources, share the same commitment to implementing good governance. 

"We are particularly pleased that Sport Northern Ireland are now involved so the Framework can be of wider benefit than before.”

Chris Kisby, Partner and joint head of sport at Shakespeare Martineau said: “We’re delighted to be selected to be part of the exclusive legal panel framework, working with Sport England, UK Sport and the other national governing bodies and associations.

This appointment recognises our experience of working with many sporting organisations and individuals across the UK and builds on our position as 1st legal partner to Commonwealth Games England.” 

Ed Wright, Partner and joint head of sport at Shakespeare Martineau added: “We recognise that health and wellness is an important part of our daily lives and sport plays a big role in a healthy community and so are especially proud to be able to provide £5,000 worth of pro bono work to the sector each year.”

Organisations wishing to access the free assistance in the areas of law specified by the Legal Panel Framework and which meet the eligibility criteria are simply asked to complete an application form. 

For more information on how to apply and how the fund works please visit the Sport and Recreation Alliance website.

"They are very professional, respond promptly, always discuss the monthly bill and have, so far, provided us with excellent advice in connection with employment issues. I have been very satisfied."

Andrew Argyle LLB, Practice Director, Potter Clarkson LLP