Sports Law Firm To Boost Sports Industry

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

A UK-based Ghanaian legal firm with specialty in sports law is set to establish a branch in Ghana to help revolutionise the sports industry, especially the business of football and administration in the country. The legal firm, Blavo & Co Solicitors, which has eight branches across the United Kingdom and has become popular among foreign players plying their trade in that country, including Ghanaian stars, is founded and managed by a Ghanaian lawyer, John Blavo.

Since founding the Blavo & Co Solicitors in 1997, Mr John Blavo has dedicated his career to defending the rights of individual sportsmen and sportswomen as well as advising business organisations, player agents and enhancing sponsorship drives.

He has had fruitful relations with Ghanaian international footballer, John Paintsil, in England and is in the hunt of forging business relations with Black Stars coach, Kwasi Appiah, with whom preliminary discussions were held way back last year while playing the role of an assistant coach.

Mr. Blavo, who holds a Masters Degree in Law (LLB), is currently in the country exploring ways of making his dream enterprise in Ghana feasible to enhance the professionalism of the game in the country.

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He told the Graphic Sports in a chat at the Golden Tulip Hotel last Wednesday night he was concerned about the professional attitude of our sportsmen and sportswomen in the areas of self-image, branding, marketing, management, investment and property acquisition and felt the need to bring the expertise of his legal firm to bear on those areas of Ghana sports.

Apart from sports law, John Blavo also specialises in employment law, criminal litigation, mental health law, corporate law and international business law, among others.

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He was a former Mental Health Commissioner and currently a member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal and has also lectured extensively on human rights law and mental health law.

Mr. Blavo hinted the Graphic Sports he had planned to hold series of discussions with the GFA president, Kwesi Nyantakyi, and his team, club administrators, representatives of players associations and other stakeholders in Ghana sports on the new methods of doing things professionally so as ‘’to change the current unproductive system of our local premier league to a more attractive and productive one’’.

Story: Felix Abayateye/Graphic Sports