Free 20 Minute Helpline

In addition to the individual services already offered by each firm on the Legal Panel Framework, each of the panel firms has committed to providing a free 20 minute helpline service to sport and recreation organisations. The helplines are available to all Sport and Recreation Alliance members and/or all organisations funded by UK Sport, Sport Wales, Sport England and Sport Northern Ireland.

England and Wales

Firm Contact person Contact details
Bates Wells & BraithwaiteThea Longley
020 7551 7796
Bird & BirdMax Duthie
020 7415 6000
BrabnersLydia Edgar
0161 836 8822
Gateley PlcJohn Burns
0161 836 7923
Hewitson MoorheadBen Moorhead
020 7400 5047
Hugh JamesGareth Williams
029 2039 1022
Mills & ReeveCarol Couse   
0161 234 8806
MuckleJohn Devine
0191 211 7905
Shakespeare MartineauEd Wright
0115 945 3744
Wright HassallChristine Jackson
01926 880 774

Sport Northern Ireland

FirmContact personContact details
A&L GoodbodyMark Thompson 
028 9072 7591 
Arthur CoxRosemary Lundy
028 9026 2673
Carson McDowellDeclan Magee
028 90348827 
TughansPaul Eastwood 
028 9055 3377
WorthingtonsDavid Wilson
028 9043 4015

When you contact any firm on the panel you must:

  • specify that you wish to use the helpline service and quote LPF2017;
  • confirm your membership and/or funding relationship with the Sport and Recreation Alliance, Sport England, UK Sport, Sport Wales or Sport Northern Ireland.

Please note the information below on how to use the helpline.

Use of the helpline across the firms will be monitored. We ask you to use the helpline appropriately and respect the generous offering from the panel firms by following the rules below:

  • The 20-minutes free time applies to the first call on new queries/matters only. It does not cover a matter where the firm is already acting for you or dealing with any correspondence in relation to it.
  • This is not a call centre helpline and firms may not be able to answer your call immediately. Please do leave a message and the lawyer will return your call as soon as possible.
  • The service covers the call to the designated point of contact for the firm, or on some occasions, when they refer you on to a specialist in that firm to discuss your initial query.
  • If you have contacted another firm on the same query please let the lawyer know. Please note the collaborators and panel firms will be monitoring use by national governing bodies and repeated requests to different firms on the same query will be followed up with the organisation.
  • Check if the firm covers the area of law that you require assistance on before contacting them.