On 15 March, our London office hosted a Lunchtime Forum for sports organisations to discuss the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Those attending were given the opportunity to ask our lawyers, who are experts in this field, about how to prepare for the forthcoming GDPR and ensure their data remains legally compliant.
Representatives from the Football Foundation and British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) were among those attending. BUCS’ CEO, Vince Mayne, commented that the GDPR would impact sports organisations particularly significantly, especially community clubs run by volunteers. He added: “For organisation like BUCS and other national governing bodies (NGBs), it is also challenging, but perhaps provides a necessary ‘housekeeping’ review. The event highlighted things we weren’t aware of and helped reduce some concerns we had over GDPR, so it was extremely helpful to attend this event.”
Hewitsons was successful last year in being re-appointed to a panel of law firms providing legal services to NGBs and wider sport and recreation organisations. The Legal Panel Framework (LPF) is an initiative established by Sport England, UK Sport, Sport Wales, Sport Northern Ireland and the Sport and Recreation Alliance. The appointment followed a competitive tender process during which we demonstrated our ability to provide a first class service to organizations of all sizes in the sport and recreation sector. Within the framework, we are also committed to providing pro bono legal services for sports organisations and to deliver training and knowhow to the sports sector.
Our Sports Group has for many years worked with a wide range of NGBs and sports-related organisations, including lottery distributors, sports administrators, sports clubs, charities and trusts, as well as several disability and Paralympic organisations. These bodies have covered sporting disciplines ranging from tennis, shooting and ice skating to taekwondo, fencing, golf and ice hockey.
For advice on any matter concerning your sports organisation, please contact a member of our sports group