Northridge advises World Rugby on new Integrity Code

Northridge has advised World Rugby on the establishment of a new Integrity Code, as part of the transformational governance recommendations approved by the World Rugby Council at its May 2021 meeting.

The new Integrity Code sets best practice standards for the conduct of office holders, including a robust ‘fit and proper person test’, a vetting process and the appointment of an independent Ethics Officer. It forms part of the recommendations of World Rugby’s independent-led governance review group, chaired by Sir Hugh Robertson.

This work builds on Northridge’s extensive experience in governance matters for governing bodies such as The FA, the Welsh Rugby Union, Premiership Rugby, the Rugby Football League, the International Hockey Federation and England Hockey.

The Northridge Team included Jon Walters, James Eighteen, Mike Herbert, Tom Avis and James Norrey.

We are delighted to have been able to support World Rugby with these landmark governance changes.

We are particularly pleased to have been able to help establish a best-in-class international standard for rugby office holders in the form of the new Integrity Code adopted by World Rugby.

Jon Walters
Partner, Northridge