Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has landed a trophy role as the official law firm for the 2012 London Olympics.
The firm won the role after a tender process carried out toward the end of last year by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).
The deal with LOCOG, for which Freshfields has paid a small cash amount, sees the firm added as the official legal services provider for the Games.
London management group chair Tim Jones will oversee the project that will see five lawyers initially sent on secondment to LOCOG to carry out a range of work from procurement and property to employment and competition. The firm will provide these services for free as part of the sponsorship agreement.
Jones told Legal Week: “The appointment fits in with our commitments to the broader London community and we think that it is a sound business decision to be involved in the setting-up of the world’s largest sporting event.”
Freshfields’ joint senior partner Guy Morton added: “We are proud that Freshfields will be providing the legal advice that this enormously complex event demands and welcome the opportunity to give practical support to the ideals of the Olympic movement. We are looking forward to helping LOCOG deliver a Games for everyone in 2012.”
A number of firms have been carrying out work for the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) — the body charged with overseeing the infrastructure for the London games. In 2006 it appointed a five-member legal panel with Berwin Leighton Paisner, Clifford Chance, DLA Piper, Freshfields and Pinsent Masons all winning roles.
In June 2006 Clifford Chance won a role to advise on the construction of the main Olympic stadium on the 500-acre Stratford site, while in March 2007 Slaughter and May landed a role advising Lend Lease on the development, real estate and financing aspects of the Olympic Village.
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