Midland law firm Shakespeare Martineau has become the first official legal partner for Commonwealth Games England.

The firm has been appointed to provide specialist legal advice to Team England including a broad range of commercial advice such as sponsorship and membership agreements, sports law, property and employment law matters.

The partnership was confirmed following the conclusion of the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa, where England won the second highest number of medals.

Shakespeare Martineau will see England through the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games and to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Joanna Thornell, client and markets director at Shakespeare Martineau, said: “We’re delighted to be at the beginning of a partnership between two teams who share the same winning spirit and focus on supporting talent to achieve their potential.

“Everyone here has a great sense of pride and excitement to be working with Team England – a team that, after all, reflects just how much can be achieved by a diverse and varied group of individuals all focused on one goal. We can’t wait to get started.”

Paul Blanchard, chief executive of Commonwealth Games England, said: “Following a highly successful 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games for Team England, we’re delighted to announce Shakespeare Martineau will be Team England’s first ever Official Legal Partner.

“We’re excited about working with Shakespeare Martineau to show how integral teamwork is in both sporting and business environments.

“We also share similar beliefs when it comes to fostering upcoming talent. With the support of Shakespeare Martineau, we aim to send the best team we can to the Gold Coast 2018.”