Our team has many years’ experience advising sport sector clients on all aspects of corporate law, including governance, constitutions and structures. We have experience of dealing with every kind of constitutional structure including:
- guarantee companies
- community interest companies
- unincorporated associations
- community benefit societies and
- charitable incorporated organisations.
We are very proactive when it comes to matters of governance as this is an area of great and growing importance to organisations in the sport sector following the introduction of the Code for Sports Governance
. We advise on the steps needed to comply with the Code and work very closely with our clients to provide practical support. Where we advise clients on changes to their constitutions we work closely with the organisation to ensure that the necessary approval is obtained from their members, including if required, attending general meetings.
Governance issues also include recruitment and ensuring that the proper procedures are in place for recruitment of board members and chairs. This dovetails with the HR roles of a governing body and HR need to ensure that there are proper contracts and letters of engagement in place for all officers and that boards are appropriately balanced and diverse.
Sports bodies which are membership organisations face particular challenges and we have considerable experience in dealing with these. This may be in the context of disputes with the NGB or simply dealing with the membership requirements of the organisation.
Governance has taken on a much larger role and identity in recent years and we have experts available to assist in all aspects of this.