A sports law specialist from the Birmingham office of Mills & Reeve has been appointed as a member of the independent ethics committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
WADA, established in 1999 and based in Montreal, Canada, is an independent international agency that develops and coordinates anti-doping rules and policies in all sports and countries.
Phil Hutchinson, who joined Mills & Reeve in 2013 and has specialized in the firm’s sports sector for more than eight years, is a successful litigator with extensive experience in sports litigation, arbitration and sports regulations.
The council will consist of nine members in total, with seven independent positions and one position each for the representation of sport and public authorities. Hutchinson was selected following a competitive selection process by the WADA Nominations Committee.
Hutchinson said: “The work of the World Anti-Doping Agency is essential in maintaining the integrity of sport and ensuring a level playing field for sport around the world. This does not only concern athletes, but also federations, governing bodies and those who operate or work in sport.
“I am honored to be appointed to the Independent Ethics Committee, especially at such an important time for Birmingham as it prepares to host the Commonwealth Games.
“I look forward to using my extensive experience representing athletes in the anti-doping field to assist my fellow Board members in ensuring the implementation and adherence to the Code of Ethics of WADA.”