Freshfields’ Jones joins England rugby squad

London 2012 was the first of a trio of events that were aimed at putting Britain on the international sporting map. Next on the agenda is Glasgow 2014 and then, in 2015, the Rugby World Cup arrives on home turf.

Freshfields former corporate and London head Tim Jones must have thought that London 2012 was a career-topping moment. After all, as the Freshfields relationship partner for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG), Jones steered the legal side of that gigantic operation.

Freshfields ruled out the chance of taking the same role at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, but Jones isn’t missing out. As we report today, he’s leaving Freshfields to indulge his love of rugby after being appointed to England Rugby 2015 as general counsel.

“It’s bringing together some of my great enthusiasms – rugby, legal work and a sporting event, all in one package,” Jones told us.

The former London Welsh player-turned-lawyer will no doubt be in his element. Let the scrummage for tickets begin.

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