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Ward Hadaway goes from strength to strength with Rugby League Cares partnership

Award-winning Manchester law firm Ward Hadaway's partnership with Rugby League Cares charity continues to flourish as it enters its second year.

The Top 100 law firm, which has offices in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester, is the exclusive legal services provider to the charity, which provides welfare support to the professional and amateur game, players, ex-players and their families.

The partnership, which is managed by Manchester’s Family team, Martin Karran, Charlotte Beck and Jodi Tuson, was initially established two years ago.

Chris Rostron of Rugby League Cares commented: “We are now into our second year and we are delighted to continue to work alongside Ward Hadaway in support of our work assisting players throughout the sport. Having their expert team on hand to assist players, particularly with some of life’s challenging circumstances, has become an essential aspect of the services we provide to the playing community.

“We are now in our second year of the partnership and during that time we’ve developed a fantastic relationship with the team, which we feel goes far further than a business to business transaction. Everyone is so supportive and willing to get involved whether it’s supporting players or advising the charity with expert legal advice, or rolling up the sleeves and getting involved with our fundraising. As a result, we are proud to promote Ward Hadaway to the sport’s greatest assets – the players.”

The Ward Hadaway team supports the charity by helping current and ex-players and their families across a range of legal disciplines. However the main focus is the opportunity to support the charity with its governance, help raise its profile and raise funds through joint projects.

Solicitor Jodi Tuson said: “I am thrilled that the firm’s vision of supporting the charity has been so beneficial. It has been wonderful to introduce our clients and contacts to the world of Rugby League. It is also testament to Rugby League Cares that so many of our friends and contacts have built new connections in the Rugby League world.”

Rugby League Cares plays a significant role by being available to help players both during and after their career.

The charity provides a broad range of assistance from training courses, grants and bursaries and transition support for families through their benevolent fund. Its transition manager proactively helps players to think about and set up a plan for their career after rugby.

As part of the partnership, Jodi makes early season club visits with other business partners, alongside ex-Leeds and Great Britain international Keith Senior. The visits inform and educate the players about the services available to them, the life decisions ahead of them, how the charity can help with grants for education and training, and the benevolent resources the charity provide for those who face hard times.

Please note that this briefing is designed to be informative, not advisory and represents our understanding of English law and practice as at the date indicated. We would always recommend that you should seek specific guidance on any particular legal issue.

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