The Invictus Games Foundation has announced the appointment of leading international law firm Clifford Chance as legal advisor.
The partnership will see Clifford Chance provide a suite of innovative legal services to the Foundation in a range of areas including commercial, intellectual property, employment and pensions, and governance and risk, among others. The appointment comes at a busy time as the Foundation prepares for the next Invictus Games which will be taking place in The Hague, The Netherlands, from 9-16 May 2020.
The team will be led by litigation partner and head of the Clifford Chance London sports practice, Chris Yates. Speaking on the firm’s appointment, Chris said: “We are tremendously excited to be working in partnership with the Invictus Games Foundation. We have found very quickly that our sports sector capability and our international platform have created synergies, which has allowed us to make an immediate and positive impact. Working with the Foundation is a humbling reminder of what can be achieved through the power of the human spirit and the partnership will allow our staff to bring their skills and enthusiasm to what is a truly inspirational cause.”
The cross-practice Clifford Chance team includes Jennifer Mbaluto (Partner, TMT) alongside lawyers Leigh Smith and Sean Wood (IP), Amy Bird and Alice Rockall (Employment), David Woolfman and Hannah Collins (TMT), and David Alfrey (Litigation).
Speaking on the collaboration with the Foundation, Clifford Chance Senior Partner Jeroen Ouwehand, commented: “Sport has the power to change lives and the Invictus Games perfectly embodies this. As a law firm we can learn so much from the remarkable competitors involved and the values associated with the Games, such as teamwork, resilience, respect and inclusion. We are proud to be part of the Invictus Family and be sharing in the journey to The Hague 2020 and beyond.”
Dominic Reid, Chief Executive of the Invictus Games Foundation, said: “As the Foundation moves from strength to strength as guardians of the ‘Invictus Spirit’, it’s great to have a passionate and international legal team ready to support. As we prepare for the fifth Invictus Games in The Hague next year, partnering with Clifford Chance ensures that we can confidently continue our work supporting international wounded, injured or sick Servicemen and women in their journey to recovery.”