On Monday 1 December, Slaughter and May hosted a seminar that explored the key themes of Lord Moynihan’s “The Governance of Sport” Private Members’ Bill. A keynote address was given by John Coates AC, President of CAS, Vice President of the IOC and President of the Australian Olympic Committee.
Panel sessions were held throughout the day and included discussions of:
- policy setting for future governments in light of Olympic and Paralympic legacy
- legal challenges facing the sporting sphere
- the importance of good governance in the delivery of sports policy and performance
In addition to Lord Moynihan, other speakers and panellists included:
- Trevor Birch (partner, BDO)
- Nick Bitel (Chairman, Sport England)
- Nigel Boardman (partner, Slaughter and May)
- Angus Bujalski (Head of Legal, RFU)
- Charles Flint QC (Blackstone Chambers)
- Lord Harris (Chairman of the Select Committee on Olympic and Paralympic Legacy)
- Baroness Heyhoe Flint (former captain of England women’s cricket)
- Lord Holmes (9-time Paralympic gold medallist)
- Andrew Jolly (partner, Slaughter and May)
- Adam Lewis QC (Blackstone Chambers)
- Oliver Parry (Corporate governance advisor, Institute of Directors)
- Jeff Powell (Sports editor, Daily Mail)
- Sir Hugh Robertson (former Minister for Sport)
- Lord Triesman (former Chairman of the Football Association)
- Dr James Woodcock (Public health modelling programme lead, Centre for Diet and Activity Research)
The event was a pre-cursor to the second debate of the Private Members’ Bill that took place in the House of Lords on Thursday 4 December.
Slaughter and May continues to advise Lord Moynihan in relation to the Bill, which proposes a wide range of measures that are expected to dominate the political agenda for sport over the next decade.