The IWRF have announced a partnership with global law firm Hogan Lovells ©Hogan Lovells

The International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) have announced a partnership with global law firm Hogan Lovells, which will see the company provide legal services to the organisation.

Under the agreement, Hogan Lovells are also set to introduce their worldwide network of offices to IWRF’s Member Federations.

It is hoped the partnership will see wheelchair rugby’s governing body continue to become a world leader in wheelchair sport.

“We are elated to be partnering with Hogan Lovells,” IWRF President John Bishop said.

“The wide array of professional legal services that they provide will be a tremendous asset to both our sport and federation, and with time, our member countries will benefit as well.”

Hogan Lovells are also the official legal services partner of the British Paralympic Association and the International Boccia Federation, as well as the Great Britain boccia team.

The partnership will help the running of the organisation, it is hoped ©Getty Images
The partnership will help the running of the organisation, it is hoped ©Getty Images

“At the core of Hogan Lovells' vision and values is a longstanding commitment to being a diverse and inclusive place to work,” Ruth Grant, Chair of Hogan Lovells Diversity and Inclusion Committee, said.

“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.”

The partnership will see Hogan Lovells act as the law firm for the sporting governing body and continues their growing relationship with Paralympic sport.

The agreement was also hailed by client relationship partner Richard Welfare, who says he is looking forward to working with the IWRF.

“I am thrilled to be embarking upon this exciting partnership with IWRF, 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,” he said.

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