Hogan Lovells Renews Support for British Paralympic Association Through to Tokyo 2020
18 November 2016
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Remaining in the role of Official Legal Services Provider to the BPA, held since January 2013, Hogan Lovells will continue to supply legal support to the organisation across all areas as the BPA prepares to send teams to compete at the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games in PyeongChang and subsequently the 2020 Summer Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
In signing a new agreement through to 2020, Hogan Lovells is the first of the BPA’s commercial partners to renew their relationship for this ‘cycle’, reflecting their long-term commitment to the BPA and the Paralympic team.
A long-standing relationship between the two organisations has existed since before the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. Throughout this period, including during the 2012 London Paralympic Games, Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, and recent Rio 2016 Paralympic Games; Hogan Lovells has provided the BPA with legal advice, secondments (including in-Games legal support) and volunteers across a number of areas, led by London-based commercial and BPA relationship partner Richard Welfare.
Nicholas Cheffings, Chair, Hogan Lovells, said:
"We've been strong supporters of the BPA, its mission to make the UK the leading Paralympic nation, and its vision to inspire a better world for disabled people for several years now. Continuing in the role of Official Legal Services Provider through to Tokyo 2020 is a natural extension of our commitment not only to the BPA, but to supporting the para-sport community in the UK and globally. We share the BPA's vision and we are very proud of the work we have done and will continue to do."
Tim Hollingsworth, Chief Executive of the BPA, added:
“The BPA’s relationship with Hogan Lovells is longstanding and important and their support since before London 2012, particularly their contributions in areas such as contracts and intellectual property, has proved invaluable. They have been a great help in the run up to and during Rio, and I am delighted that we can expect the same support through until Tokyo 2020. They are very much part of the Paralympic Family here in the UK."
Hogan Lovells also supports Paralympics GB athletes on an individual basis. In June 2015 the firm announced a partnership with Paralympic, World, European and Commonwealth Champion swimmer Ollie Hynd MBE, who became Hogan Lovells Paralympic ambassador; and in May 2016 Hogan Lovells awarded elite para-athlete and world champion Sophie Hahn an athletic scholarship, the first ever to be offered by the firm.
About The British Paralympic Association
The British Paralympic Association is the National Paralympic Committee for the UK, responsible for the promotion of the Paralympic movement in Great Britain and selecting, entering and funding the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Paralympic team.
ParalympicsGB is the name for the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Paralympic Team that competes at the summer and winter Paralympic Games. The Team is selected and managed by the British Paralympic Association, in conjunction with the national governing bodies, and is made up of the best sportsmen and women who compete in the 22 summer and four winter sports on the Paralympic Programme.
There is only one Paralympic team from Great Britain and Northern Ireland; ParalympicsGB. There is not a Paralympic swimming team or Paralympic tennis team. The individual sports join to become ParalympicsGB, the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Paralympic Team.
We are proud of our tradition of outstanding performance at the Paralympic Games: ParalympicsGB finished second in the medals table at three consecutive summer Paralympic Games and won 120 medals at London 2012.The BPA would like to thank the National Lottery and our official partners adidas, Allianz BP, BT, Deloitte, EDF Energy, Hogan Lovells, Mondelēz International, Nissan and Sainsbury’s for their support.