The Framework provides organisations with a turnover of less than £500,000 per annum the opportunity to access the trusted legal advice and services from the appointed law firms on a pro bono basis.

There are 15 appointed law firms on the the Panel covering England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland 

A&L Goodbody
Micaela Diver Tel: 028 9072 7592
Mark Thompson Tel: 028 9072 7591

Arthur Cox
Rosemary Lundy T
el: 028 9026 2673

Carson McDowell
Declan Magee Tel: 028 9034 8827
Fergal McGoldrick Tel: 028 9034 8827

Paul Eastwood
 Tel: 028 9055 3377

Louise McAloon Tel: 028 9043 4015

Pro-Bono Legal Fund

Each firm on the panel has committed to provide up to £5,000 worth of work free per year to the sport and recreation sector. Access to the free legal assistance is managed through a central application route cooridinated by the Sport and Recreation Alliance. The Pro-Bono Legal Fund is only available to sport and recreation organisations who meet the eligibility criteria under the fund.

What areas of law will the Fund by able to assist you with?

Small NGBs and sport and recreation organisations who meet the eligibility criteria will be able to apply to the fund for free legal assistance with the following areas of law:

  • Charity & trust law including CASC registration
  • Child protection/vulnerable groups (DBS, Protection of Freedoms Act)
  • Simple contracts/grant agreements
  • Corporate law/governance/constitutional affairs
  • Employment law
  • Insolvency law
  • Property law (such as leases, licences and security of tenure)

Please note: The pro-bono fund will not be available for assistance with disputes or contentious matters and organisations will only be eligible to receive one successful application per year.

How To Apply to the Pro-Bono Fund?

To apply, organisations must download and fill in the application form and send it to along with a copy of the organisation’s latest audited annual accounts, business plan or financial information.

Free 20 – minute Helpline

As part of the Legal Panel Framework, each of the firms has also committed to provide a free 20 minute helpline to sport and recreation organisations. The helplines are available to all Sport and Recreation Alliance members and/or all organisations funded by UK Sport, Sport Wales, Sport England and Sport Northern Ireland

Further Information

You can find out more about the Framework, alongside key information and other guidance resources on the Sport and Recreation Alliance website, here

Alternatively, please feel free to contact a member of staff at the Sport and Recreation Alliance at