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Littleton formally launches ‘Inspire Sports Law Initiative’

In an initiative designed to support those from less fortunate socio-economic backgrounds and athletes who are transitioning away from careers in sport to develop a career at the Bar, Littleton’s Sports Law Group headed by John Mehrzad has formally launched “Inspire Sports Law”.

Over recent years Littleton has hosted athletes, including Olympic and World Champions, who are in the process of transitioning away from full-time sporting careers. That experience has provided them with a first-hand insight into life as a barrister, followed by mentoring from a Littleton barrister during their legal studies. 

John Mehrzad spoke of the new initiative to leading practitioners in sports law at Littleton’s annual Sports Law Drinks held earlier this summer at which he also introduced some of the athletes who have already been supported by the “Inspire Sports Law” initiative.

This initiative has developed organically following Littleton barristers being engaged in well-known independent reviews into various domestic sports; represented NGBs, athletes and coaches in selection disputes to Olympic and Paralympic Games; advised and lectured on equalities and discrimination in sport; and appeared in or sat as chairmen or arbitrators on various sporting cases both domestically and abroad.

“Duty of Care” in sport is also a hot-topic more generally, as is access to the Bar by those from less fortunate socio-economic backgrounds. 

For more information about “Inspire Sports law” or to express an interest in becoming involved in this initiative, please email the Sports Law clerk:

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