Sports bodies team up to seek 10-firm roster

The UK’s top sporting bodies have come together to establish a panel of firms to provide legal services to national governing sports organisations.

Sport England, the Sport and Recreation Alliance, Sport Wales and UK Sport have joined forces and put out a tender to find 10 law firms for a panel that can advise the 300 sports and recreation bodies that the combined group supports.

The group’s tender notice read: “We’ve identified that sport and recreation bodies face financial and resource challenges to accessing legal services. On behalf of the bodies we support we wish to establish a framework legal panel of up to 10 firms, both regionally and ­nationally located, to offer legal services to sport and recreation organisations.”

The panel appointments will last for three years, with the option to extend that period by a further year.

The period allowed for firms to complete the pre-qualification questionnaire ended on 20 October.

In March this year Field Fisher Waterhouse and Nabarro were appointed to Sport England’s hotly ­contested legal panel. It was the sporting body’s first-ever legal panel, with the tender process seeing 57 firms battle for the two spots to advise the organisation on all its commercial legal issues.

At the end of 2010 Hogan Lovells advised Sport England on the terms of its £10.5m lottery grant for the London Olympics VeloPark project (The Lawyer, 1 December 2010).

Sport England general counsel Scott Pugh did not respond in time to comment.