Following the successful work undertaken on behalf of The London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Pro Bono Legal Advice & Representation Service ('the Service'), Russell-Cooke was asked, and has joined the 'Sport Resolutions' pro bono panel. The panel comprises of leading barristers' chambers, law firms and individual practitioners.
The Sport Resolutions is the legacy left from the Service, providing a one-stop shop for all UK sports disputes. They play a key role in helping to resolve disputes which place the integrity of sport at most risk such as doping, match-fixing, safeguarding the welfare of children, athlete selection and eligibility and other regulatory and commercial disputes.
The following panels reflect the types of disputes that Sport Resolutions is most often asked to resolve; Athlete Selection & Eligibility Panel, Commercial Panel, Football Panel, Integrity & Discipline Panel, National Anti-Doping Panel and the National Child Safeguarding in Sport Panel.
The Service was formed at the request of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited ("LOCOG"). LOCOG asked a group (consisting of the Law Society, the British Association for Sport and Law, and the Bar Council) to assemble an independent group to provide free legal advice and representation from 9 July to 12 September 2012 for accredited athletes, coaches, team officials, National Olympic Committees, National Paralympic Committees, international Federations and International Paralympic Sporting Federations participating in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. By offering legal advice free of charge it aimed to protect the smooth running of the Games and further the spirit of the Games by assisting participants to enjoy the best possible experience in the United Kingdom.
Terry Miller, General Counsel for LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games) praised the manner in which the Service was constituted and operated and described it as a "gold standard service which will set a benchmark for all future Games" at the recent BASL conference (British Association for Sport and Law).
Sport Resolutions hopes to create a lasting legacy from this scheme by continuing it in some form after the Games. The ambition is to establish a list of firms and individual advocates who are willing to provide pro bono advice and representation to parties with limited financial means who are unrepresented before Sport Resolutions' panels.
Matthew Bosworth, partner in the regulation team commented "It was great being part of London 2012 and even better that we are able to offer our expertise as a part of the Olympic Legacy."
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