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Sport Governance Conference In Partnership with the Legal Panel Framework Cynhadledd Llywodraethu Chwaraeon Mewn Partneriaeth â’r Fframwaith Panel Cyfreithiol.

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1 Sport Governance Conference In Partnership with the Legal Panel Framework Cynhadledd Llywodraethu Chwaraeon Mewn Partneriaeth â’r Fframwaith Panel Cyfreithiol

2 Keynote Justin Harris Dolmans Solicitors / Cyfreithwyr Dolmans

3 Justin Harris Managing Partner Monday 28 th October 2013 Cardiff City Stadium

4 Legal Panel Framework (LPF) A collaboration by Sport England, Sport and Recreation Alliance, Sport Wales and UK Sport Aim – to establish a panel of law firms to advise National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) and Recreation organisations Over 100 firms across the UK applied 30 firms invited to tender 10 firms selected

5 The Vision Tim Lamb, Chief Executive of the Sport and Recreation Alliance, said: “The Legal Panel Framework demonstrates the benefits that can be achieved through collaboration, and we are looking forward to working with UK Sport, Sport England and Sport Wales as well as some of the best legal firms in the sector to deliver these benefits. Sport and recreation bodies are very aware of the complex legal environment in which they operate and there is a real need for them to know which legal firms to turn to and for what issues, in order to get advice and support at a reasonable cost.”

6 Criteria for Selection During the selection process firms were assessed on their: a)level of understanding of the sport and recreation sector b)legal ability and capacity c) ability to offer discounted rates/fixed fees/added value to the sector

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8 Expertise Administrative and Public Law Bidding and Staging Major Events Charity and Trust Law Child Protection/Vulnerable Groups Contract/Grant Agreements Corporate Law Corporate Governance and Constitution Commercial Law Data Protection/Privacy Law Employment Law

9 Expertise (cont’d) Equality and Diversity Law Competition Law Intellectual Property Law Insolvency Law Immigration Law Litigation and Dispute Resolution New media/IT/Broadcasting Property, Planning and Construction Law Publishing and Media Law Regulatory and Disciplinary Law

10 Instructing legal panel firms S+RA, Sport England, UK Sport, Sport Wales and legal panel firms have collaborated to produce guidance, available at: panel-firms This guidance will assist you in understanding: a)how to assess whether or not you need a lawyer to help with an issue b)what basic information should be provided to your lawyer at the outset to ensure that a bespoke and direct advice can be provided c)the questions you should ask your lawyer to ensure that you are clear on their process and costs d)what you can expect from your lawyer

11 20-minute free helpline Each of the panel firms have also committed to providing a free 20- minute helpline service to sport and recreation organisations The helpline applies to new queries/matters only If you have contacted another firm on the same query please let the lawyer know Check if the firm covers the area of law that you require assistance on before contacting them Details on how to use the helpline can be found at: helpline helpline

12 Pro-bono fund Each LPF firm has agreed to provide up to £5,000 worth of free legal advice per year to small NGBs and sport and recreation organisations to assist in the following areas of law: Charity & Trust Law including CASC registration Child Protection/Vulnerable Groups (CRB, Protection of Freedoms Act) Simple Contracts/Grant Agreements Corporate Law/Governance/Constitutional Affairs Employment Law Insolvency Law Property Law (such as leases, licences and security of tenure) Note: The pro-bono fund does not apply to disputes or contentious matters

13 Pro-bono fund (cont’d) Eligibility requirements: Turnover of less than £500,000 (inclusive of grant income) Must have no budget set aside for legal expenses Must have no paid legal staff Must be a member of the Sport and Recreation Alliance and/or be funded by UK Sport, Sport England or Sport Wales See fund for details on how to applyhttp://www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/smart-sport/pro-bono- fund

14 Added Value Quarterly newsletter panel-framework/newsletter panel-framework/newsletter LPF annual conference and firm workshops and events (run independently by legal panel firms) panel-framework/events panel-framework/events

15 Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) The KPIs are a qualitative measure of the delivery of advisory and ancillary services to the NGBs Panel firms are expected to deliver high quality advice and services to the NGBs and must demonstrate that it has met the KPI requirements throughout that delivery The process seeks to ensure that there is sufficient due diligence of each firm’s performance throughout their appointment to the LPF

16 KPIs (cont’d) KPI requirements:-  Delivery of advice;  Pricing;  Relationship Building;  Review Process.

17 Further information S+RA website programmes-and-initiatives/legalpanelhttp://www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/projects- programmes-and-initiatives/legalpanel Contact the S+RA governance team

18 Thank you Justin Harris Managing Partner Dolmans Solicitors One Kingsway Cardiff CF10 3DS Tel:


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