Exclusive: Hogan Lovells takes British Paralympic Association to Rio 2016

Hogan Lovells has become the official legal services provider to the British Paralympic Association (BPA), consolidating its relationship with the organisation.

Under the agreement, the firm will provide legal advice to the BPA until the end of 2016, including for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and next year’s Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia. 

Hogan Lovells and legacy firm Lovells has worked with the BPA for several years on a pro bono basis, including sending lawyers on secondment. The firm’s involvement in Paralympic sport also saw Hogan Lovells finance of counsel help the Haitian National Paralympic Committee in a quest to bring a team of athletes to the London 2012 Paralympic Games, in a first for the Caribbean nation (16 August 2012).

As official legal services provider, Hogan Lovells could be called upon to advise the BPA on any legal issues, although the association is still able to turn to niche firms on particularly specialist issues.

The firm has agreed a value of work to be provided with the BPA, but would not comment on the monetary amount or number of hours this was worth.

The relationship is managed by London-based commercial partner Richard Welfare.

Hogan Lovell’s chair Nicholas Cheffings said as well as providing legal advice, members of staff in London would have volunteering opportunities with the BPA.

BPA CEO Tim Hollingsworth said the relationship with Hogan Lovells which had been developed was “incredibly positive”, with contributions notably in areas like commercial contracts and IP.

The agreement is similar to the appointment of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as the official legal services provider to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog) in 2009 (3 February 2009). Freshfields provided a wide range of legal advice to Locog in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.