A SPORTING law firm in Leamington is ready to roll when the Bowls England National Championships comes to the town in August.
The four-week event will see the finest men and women bowlers from across the country fight it out on the greens at Victoria Park – which has been described as the ‘Wimbledon’ of bowls, by 15 times world champion and Leamington resident Tony Allcock.
For Blythe Liggins Solicitors, who provide legal services and a members’ helpline for Bowls England, the sport’s national governing body, it will be a busy time when the championships get underway on Saturday August 5.
Kevin Mitchell, a partner in both the Blythe Liggins commercial department and the sports unit, said the firm was acting not only for the national organisation, but also for its regions and 2,500 clubs across 35 counties.
Tony Allcock, Bowls England chief executive and 15 times world champion, said: “Blythe Liggins has been representing Bowls England for four years and we’ve got on really well with them. They speak the language that we want to hear and they have a great track record with other sporting organisations.”
Bowls England resulted from a merger in 2008 between the men’s English Bowling Association and the English Women’s Bowls Association. Since moving its base from Worthing to Leamington, all regional, national and international men’s tournaments are now played at Victoria Park, which has long been the national base for women bowlers.
In addition to Bowls England, Blythe Liggins acts for British Swimming, British Eventing, British Blind Sport, the national Rugby Coaches Association, the national Elite Cricket Coaches Association and Riding for the Disabled.
It also represents international rugby players, county cricketers, athletics coaches and Olympic horsemen, as well such local concerns such as Warwick Boat Club and Leamington Cricket Club.