Peter McCormick OBE, Senior Partner of McCormicks Solicitors, will take the position while the Chairman, Anthony Fry, recovers from illness. He will Chair Premier League Board meetings in Mr Fry’s absence.
Mr McCormick has been a member of the Legal Advisory Group of the League since 1996 and Chairman of it since 2008.
He said: My thoughts and those of everyone at the Premier League are with Anthony Fry and his family. We wish him a speedy and full recovery.
For my own part, I’m very proud and feel privileged to have had the trust and confidence of a unanimous vote of the 20 Clubs placed in me. I shall do all I can to justify the faith placed of Richard Scudamore, the Chief Executive, the Audit and Remuneration Committee and the Clubs.
Mr McCormick is an internationally recognised expert in Sports and Media/Entertainment law and is ranked by the leading guides to the legal profession as one of the top sports lawyers in the UK.
He is a Trustee of the Football Foundation, the UK’s largest sports charity, and Chairman of Football Stadia Improvement Fund Ltd, a company funded by the Premier League and which makes grants to football clubs to improve their facilities.
Away from sport, he is Chairman of Visit Harrogate, the business and leisure tourism body for the Harrogate region; Chairman of national charity, War Memorials Trust; and Chairman of the Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation, a charity helping young people in the Yorkshire and Humberside region.