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LawAccord and CityAccord to run joint workshop on legal risks and business implications for Host City agreements

By Community | November 15, 2017

SportAccord Convention is delighted to reveal an inaugural joint workshop between LawAccord and CityAccord focused on Host City Agreements during the Convention.

International sports federations, cities, legal teams and stakeholders, will have the opportunity to hear from leading experts, as well as discuss the legal risks and business implications when it comes to hosting major global sports events.

Set to take place on the afternoon of Wednesday 18 April 2018 at the Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre, Steve Townley (LawAccord) and David Simon (CityAccord) who are co-hosting the workshop session said: “This workshop collaboration is a first at SportAccord Convention and enables international sports federations and cities to work through Host City Agreements from every angle.

“Delegates will be able to examine the issues and challenges everyone is facing – including stakeholders – and in turn provide a sound basis for lawyers to meet client expectations too.

“Getting the hosting agreement right from the outset also means both international sports federations and cities are in a much better position to mitigate risks and disputes, and ultimately deliver a successful event.”

The workshop topics will address: areas of potential conflict; the most frequent disputes arising from hosting major events; risk responsibility, key drafting issues for lawyers; criminal law and anti-corruption regimes; mitigation against litigation risks; and the role of insurance and self-insurance.

Commenting on the importance of this workshop, Craig McLatchey OAM, Lagardère Sports/EKS, a specialist consultancy supporting the technical delivery of major sporting events and who provide strategic guidance, event planning, production services and operational expertise said: “It is great to be involved in the LawAccord and CityAccord joint workshop focused on Host City Agreements.

“I have had a deep involvement for many years in different capacities working for event owners, bidders and hosts – from the Olympic Games to other major global events.

“Understanding how both international sports federations and cities can identify and address risk within the framework of legal and business issues is a key step forward in the successful bidding and organising of a great event.”
Find further details of the LawAccord Conference Programme and SAC2018 including registration, on the website.

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