Toronto lawyer, ‘poster boy’ of sports law firms, returns from London olympics

Graeme Mew

The Olympics have been over for a week now, and Toronto-based Clyde and Co partner Graeme Mew, is back from London after serving on the Games’ Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), reflects on the experience. London Times columnist Edward Fennell called Mew one of two “poster boys of London sports law firms.”

Mew told Lexpert, “What particularly impressed me [about the CAS] was how the existence of very short timelines concentrated the minds (and the loquaciousness) of the advocates and the arbitrators. There was no time for procrastination, second-guessing or the luxury of extensive wordsmithing.  That said, I thought there was a well-struck balance between ensuring a fair process but doing it quickly.”

As for the experience of attending the Games, spotting members of the Royal Family included, Mew said, “particularly striking was the energy and enthusiasm of the crowds.  Not just when Mo Farrah, Jessica Ennis and Usain Bolt won races in the stadium in front of 80,000 but also the 5000 people who watched the archery or the rowing and the boisterous crowds at the beach volleyball.  No matter what the event or the venue everyone was really into it. If I had to pick one moment though, it was Farrah’s last lap burn-up in the 5000 metres.  It was a breathtaking display of athleticism.”

One comment on “Toronto lawyer, ‘poster boy’ of sports law firms, returns from London olympics

  1. Hanson Duby
    July 5, 2013 at 4:35 am #

    Nice to know some more about the famous sports lawyer Graeme Mew. Thanks for sharing his view while working with the CAS. He must have gained some more precious stones of experience to his career. Description of the game was well enough presented and it felt as if I am reading a textual commentary.

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