Leading Scottish law firm Harper Macleod is again making a splash in the world of sports law after being appointed Legal Adviser to the Glasgow 2018 European Championships – an exciting new multi-sport event that brings together some of Europe’s leading competitions.
Harper Macleod’s appointment as Legal Adviser to Glasgow 2018 builds on their involvement in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, where the firm carried out a similar role. The announcement was made at Tollcross International Swimming Centre, with Britain’s Olympic silver medal winning swimmer Dan Wallace taking to the starting blocks alongside the law firm's Chief Executive Martin Darroch and Glasgow 2018 Championships Director Colin Hartley.
To be staged every four years, the European Championships will combine the existing European Championships of Athletics, Aquatics, Cycling, Gymnastics, Rowing and Triathlon along with a new Golf team championships. The first edition will be held in 2018 in a unique sporting partnership between Host Cities Glasgow and Berlin.
This partnership will create a new event on the world stage elevating the status of European Champions and attracting a potential television audience of up to 1.03 billion across the continent, with a wider audience via digital platforms. Attendances across Glasgow 2018 are expected to be in the region of 250,000.
Harper Macleod, independently regarded as Scotland's leading sports lawyers and one of the country's largest law firms, will provide a broad range of legal services required to support of delivery of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, including commercial contracts, IP, governance and regulatory matters. The firm was appointed to the role following a competitive public procurement exercise.
The appointment builds on the firm's outstanding track record of advising on the delivery of large-scale sporting and cultural events and will see the firm provide a lawyer to the Glasgow 2018 on secondment to the in-house team.
Martin Darroch, Chief Executive of Harper Macleod (pictured right, above, with Dan Wallace and Colin Hartley), said: "We know just what it takes to make a multi-sport event such as this happen, and happen successfully as Glasgow proved three years ago. Glasgow 2018 will give us an opportunity to once again use the unique set of legal skills required to deliver a championships that everyone can enjoy and be proud of.
"We are lawyers who love sport, it is in the firm's DNA, so we were determined to win this role once we knew the country had landed the first ever European Championships, just as we did with the Commonwealth Games almost six years ago. We're delighted to have been appointed to advise on the inaugural event which we are sure is going to excite the Scottish sporting public.
“One clear legacy of the previous championships is that Glasgow, and indeed Scotland, is now regarded as an international sporting centre of excellence and major events such as this provide economic stimulus as well as a feel good factor which is almost impossible to quantify."
Dan Wallace, also a past World champion and gold medal winner at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, said: "It's fantastic to have another major championship such as this in Scotland and I’m looking forward to the event.
“It's a real motivation for me and all our swimmers, and I'm sure all the athletes in the other six sports, to have the reward of a home championships driving us on to do our best and hopefully make the team. Nothing beats having a home support spurring you on when it comes to the competition."
Aileen Campbell MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Sport, said: “We’re absolutely determined to host a Championships that will be a spectacle to the world and further enhance Scotland’s international reputation for hosting world-class events.
“We are committed to using the Glasgow 2018 European Championships to inspire people to look at the variety of sporting activity open to them and get more active, and ensuring these games are accessible to communities across the country will be key to that.”
Councillor Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Building on our recent successes we are determined to use the Glasgow 2018 European Championships as a springboard to further enhance our reputation for hosting major international sporting events. We are known the world over for our famous welcome and love of sport and that will shine through next year.
“To deliver a world-class event takes a world-class team and we are delighted to have the support of Scotland’s leading sports law firm. Harper Macleod have an unrivalled experience when it comes to sports law and I am sure they will pay an important role in making Glasgow 2018 a success.”
The Glasgow 2018 European Championships will build on Glasgow and Scotland’s reputation for hosting world-class sporting events including the 2014 Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup. Pre-registration for priority access to tickets currently available at www.glasgow2018.com for a limited time.
As part of the inaugural European Championships in 2018 around 3,000 athletes will visit Scotland for six events (Aquatics, Cycling, Golf, Gymnastics, Rowing and Triathlon) while a further 1,500 athletes will compete in Berlin as part of the European Athletics Championships.
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