Hogan Lovells Kicks-Off Pro Bono Relationships With International Wheelchair Rugby Federation and Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby

In a continuation of its support for disability sport, Hogan Lovells has announced two new pro bono partnerships – with the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF), and Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby (GBWR).

The IWRF is the global governing body responsible for the sport of wheelchair rugby, and a member of the International Paralympic Committee. Currently 38 countries are participating in international competitions, with another eight nations developing new programs. The mission of the IWRF is to grow and  support  the  global  Wheelchair  Rugby  Family,  with  a  vision  to  be  a  world  leader  in wheelchair sport. The partnership will see the gradual introduction of Hogan Lovells global network of offices to the IWRF's National Member Organisations.

As the governing body for wheelchair rugby in Great Britain, GBWR aims “To lead, promote, grow and support wheelchair rugby for the enjoyment for all in England, Scotland and Wales, inspiring and achieving excellence in everything we do.” The organisation is responsible for the selection and training of the team that represent Great Britain in international tournaments, as well as for the promotion of the sport.

These new pro bono partnerships build on Hogan Lovells' well-established relationship with the British Paralympics Association (BPA), to which the firm is Official Legal Services Provider, and work with the GB Boccia Team and the International Boccia Federation.

Commenting on the new partnerships Ruth Grant, Chair of Hogan Lovells Diversity and Inclusion Committee, said:

"At the core of Hogan Lovells' vision and values is a longstanding commitment to being a diverse and inclusive place to work.  Beyond the workplace, the firm strongly believes that promoting diversity is simply the right thing to do, and a critical element of this belief lies in empowering disability."

Client relationship partner Richard Welfare added:

"I am thrilled to be embarking upon these exciting partnerships with IWRF and GBWR, where there is so much potential to build on the great work we are already doing to promote disability sport, particularly in the run up to next year’s Paralympic games in Rio de Janeiro."

The IWRF President, John Bishop stated:

"We are elated to partner with Hogan Lovells. Their wide array of professional services will not only be a tremendous benefit to the IWRF, but with time our member nations around the world will benefit as well."

David Pond, Chief Executive GBWR said:

Through wheelchair rugby we look to provide new, exciting and enriching opportunities for whoever wishes to play. Our clubs and programmes bring people together in a way which focuses on what they can do and how they can contribute to the rugby family. I feel that same motivation to give and to be part of the team with all who I meet at Hogan Lovells, and I am delighted and grateful that they should join as part of our team."

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