With one year to go until the opening of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Sport Resolutions, The Bar Council, Law Society and the British Association of Sport and Law have announced the names of the 17 solicitors' firms and barristers' chambers and the 19 individual advocates who have been appointed to the London 2012 Pro Bono Legal Advice and Representation Service. Harper Macleod LLP is the only Scottish-based firm to be named as a representative.
Harper Macleod will provide Sport, Criminal, Defamation and Privacy, Immigration and Asylum, Discrimination and Personal Injury advice. The final lists were selected from over 150 applications from members of the UK legal profession who offered their services during the Games.
The Service is being established at the request of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It assembles solicitors, barristers and individual practitioners 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 and International Federations. A general service covering six areas of law is to be offered along with a sports advocacy service for athletes appearing before the ad hoc division of the International Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) which sits during the period of the Games.
The Service is being managed by Sport Resolutions, the specialist independent dispute service, with appointments made by a Selection Committee made up of representatives from the Bar Council, Law Society and the British Association of Sport and Law.