Hogan Lovells is set to continue supporting British Paralympians ©ParalympicsGB

Hogan Lovells has announced that it will continue to be the official legal services provider for the British Paralympic Association (BPA) until the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.

The company has been in the role since 2013 and will continue to provide legal support to the BPA.

BPA and Hogan Lovells have worked together since before the Beijing 2008 Paralympics and, in recent months, the latter has provided support during the COVID-19 pandemic and the Tokyo 2020 rescheduling.

It has offered advice on contracts, competition, qualification and financing.

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympics are now scheduled for August 24 to September 5 in 2021 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

"We share the BPA's vision to inspire a better world for people with disabilities and are proud of the work we have done to support its mission to make the United Kingdom the leading Paralympic nation," said Hogan Lovells global managing partner for diversity and inclusion and responsible business, Susan Bright.

"Through renewing our commitment to supporting the Paralympic movement and investing in these truly inspirational Para-athletes we recognise the power of Paralympic sport and the impact it can have in challenging perceptions of disability in wider society."

Hogan Lovells marked the occasion by opening its applications for the 2021 Nicholas Cheffings Para Athlete Bursary.

In its fourth year, the bursary will support Para-athletes in the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 Paralympics.

"I'm delighted that the BPA can continue to work in close partnership with Hogan Lovells as we prepare for Tokyo 2020 and beyond," said chief executive Mike Sharrock.

"The services Hogan Lovells provide are a vital part of the BPA's operational success and their expertise and advice on all legal matters is greatly valued.

"I am equally thrilled that British Para-athletes will once again have the opportunity to benefit directly from our partnership through the Nicholas Cheffings Para Athlete Bursary, which, alongside the work Hogan Lovells undertakes for the BPA, underlines their commitment to diversity and inclusion."

Paralympians and aspiring Paralympians recognised by the BPA and their national governing body can apply for the bursary which can pay for equipment, travel to training camps and competition and training support services.

The deadline for applying is January 8.