Legal Advice with Muckle LLP
Note: Welfare queries or issues should still be referred to Welfare Team: www.englandathletics.org/welfare
England Athletics has a legal services hotline for clubs which is operated by the leading law firm, Muckle LLP. Muckle LLP provides a FREE legal helpline for all Affiliated Clubs & Bodies. This initiative is funded by England Athletics in order to provide greater value to Affiliated Clubs & Organisations.
Chief Executive of England Athletics Chris Jones said, “At England Athletics we are always aware of the challenges that the volunteers running our clubs face. We are delighted to add this new form of support to our clubs. While we do not envisage this will be something most clubs have to regularly access, having the peace of mind of knowing it is available when needed is something we envisage our Clubs, and in particular, volunteers, will welcome. We know that Muckle LLP provide strong service to a number of sports clubs already. Their legal team can provide you with practical advice around areas including employment, data protection, health & safety, contract law, organisational structure and facilities related topics such as planning.”
Muckle LLP has been selected to provide Affiliated Clubs & Bodies with legal advice due to their expertise on a broad range of issues relevant for sports clubs like yours. As a nationally renowned legal firm, the Muckle LLP legal helpline will connect you to experienced lawyers who can help answer any legal queries and issues that relate to your Club.
Affiliated Clubs & Bodies will need to provide their Affiliation number accreditation as proof of identification at the start of each call and advice will only be given to people authorised to seek advice on behalf of their clubs or affiliated organisation. (The arrangement does not extent to legal advice on personal matters for individuals within clubs or organisations).
They will have a maximum call length of 30 minutes for each legal enquiry.
If your legal issue is of a particularly complex nature and cannot be resolved within a 30 minute phone call you may require further legal advice. The potential costs associated with this would be advised before any costs are incurred by the Club, and Affiliated Clubs & Bodies will, of course, still be free to select a different legal provider for any ongoing matters at their own discretion. Phone lines open 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday excluding Bank Holidays. All calls received outside these hours will receive a response within 24 hours of the office re-opening. Email requests for advice will also be responded to within these timescales.
John Devine, who leads the sports team at Muckle LLP, states, "In our experience, the majority of legal queries from sports clubs can be resolved quickly and effectively within 30 minutes. Our experienced lawyers will be readily available to respond to your queries and address any concerns. We are delighted to work with England Athletics in providing this legal helpline service to Affiliated Clubs."
Please note the helpline of 0845 050 8458 and email of firstname.lastname@example.org are only for use by club representatives requiring assistance on club matters.
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