Strengthen your organisational resilience with our revamped Legal Panel Framework

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In light of Covid-19, the Legal Panel Framework has been refreshed to help more sport and recreation organisations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland access vital legal services and expertise.

Established in 2012 by the Alliance, Sport England, Sport Wales and UK Sport, the Framework aims to make it easier for organisations to identify high quality legal firms at fair rates.

Part of this initiative is a Pro-Bono Fund where organisations can receive up to £5,000 worth of free advice per year.

Committing to good governance has never been more important and the Alliance is delighted to confirm a number of changes to help more organisations navigate their way through the pandemic.

So, what’s changed?

  • The maximum turnover an organisation must have to apply to the pro bono fund has been increased from £500,000 to £1.5 million (inclusive of grants)
  • Organisations who have a legal budget set aside are now eligible to apply (but must not have paid legal staff)
  • The contract will now run until September 2021
  • Organisations will now be eligible to apply for pro bono assistance relating to COVID-19 matters (if approved by the Sports Councils and the Alliance)

How to apply

Contact our Governance team for further information and a copy of the application form.

Once an application is successful, 15 approved law firms are contacted to confirm who is available to provide advice on the matter.

When a firm confirms they are able to help, we will put you in touch with the relevant organisation and you can liaise directly with each other from this point onwards.

When contacting firms, don’t forget to let them know that it’s as a result of their appointment to the Framework as this will make sure you’re eligible for discounted fees.

Learn more about the Legal Panel Framework today.