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Tees Law senior associate Alastair Cotton part of the International Paralympic Committee's (IPC) legal advisory team at 2022 Winter Paralympics in China



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A senior associate at Tees Law continued his family's sporting tradition by being part of the International Paralympic Committee's (IPC) legal advisory team at last month's Winter Paralympics in China.

Alastair Cotton, who is the great-grandson of the legal and wealth management firm's founder Herbert Stanley Tee, was part of a four-person team that has recently returned from Beijing.

He had previously attended the summer Paralympic Games in Tokyo in August last year, and had to advise on a variety of legal issues as well as being a member of the wider IPC team that helped stage a very successful event.

Tees Law's Alastair Cotton at the Winter Paralympics in Beijing (55805760)
Tees Law's Alastair Cotton at the Winter Paralympics in Beijing (55805760)

Tees – one of Bishop's Stortford biggest employers, with around 120 staff working from its London Road head office – is retained by the IPC.

And Cotton was following in the footsteps of his father Bernie Cotton, who both played for and managed the Great Britain men's hockey team at three Olympics.

The Bishop's Stortford Hockey Club president competed at the 1972 event in Munich before helping his country claim gold in Seoul in 1988 as assistant manager. He was also manager four years later when they came sixth in Barcelona.

While some of the topics Cotton had to advise on in China remain confidential, the Ukraine situation was a significant issue that attracted a lot of attention and in particular the legal and moral questions relating to banning Russian athletes.

Sponsors pay a lot of money for their role in funding the Games and protecting their rights was also key, including dealing with so-called third-party ambush marketing where firms imply an association with the Games or illegally stream footage of the event on their social media feeds.

Attending events in other parts of the world, especially one such as China, often throws up unexpected experiences. For Cotton, one such example was the need to leave his own mobile phone and laptop behind and only use 'burner' equivalents.



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