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Olympic legacy extends to law, as well as kids running around after footballs

Posted by: Laurence Simons 26/09/12

If you've been in and around London in the aftermath of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, you will know that it is chaos, now, it's in tatters. There are sad little flags flapping in the wind. Former Olympic mascots, Wenlock and Mandeville, huddle together against the wind at night, sleeping in doorways, grizzled and drunk. Someone's grandmother is still sat in a Team GB t-shirt back at the Olympic Stadium, cheering on no one. Thanks, rest of the world. Hope you enjoyed yourself.

But fortunately the picture is a little brighter for those Olympic lawyers who worked behind the scenes in coordinating the Games. As The Lawyer reports, a number of sweet in-house lawyer jobs are a-calling those who headed up the LOCOG legal department this summer and in the long lead up to the Games.

"A lot of people are still looking to see what is out there," said general counsel Terry Miller, who announced she had no plans to continue her role into Rio 2016. "The big interest in the team is moving on to another in-house position. It can be hard to go back to private practice because if they enjoy the closeness to the business, it is difficult to give that up."

And having the Olympics on your CV can be a big draw. As Miller admits, the best compliment the team had is that they were unheard of, dealing with the boundary-pushing legal challenges from unofficial advertisers such as Paddy Power and Nike without anyone really noticing. "To have that on a CV shows they can work on the biggest stage with the best projects and deliver. To new employers that is a big advantage." The bright future for the Olympic lawyers shows the unusual perks of having such event experience in your locker, and one that could extend to similar - if not quite so glittering - events.