SA Law pays tribute to Peter Baines, our former Chairman, who sadly died on Wednesday 31 October

Peter Baines had an illustrious career in the law spanning over 40 years. He was predominantly a property lawyer but also had a stellar sports law reputation including representing at the same time both of England’s national team managers for football and rugby.

Other than the law Peter’s passion was Rugby. He was one of the founding members of the St Albans Rugby Club and represented Hertfordshire on the RFU Council from 2002 to 2014. In addition to sitting on the RFU Council, he was on the RFU management board for 10 years and was a founder trustee of the Injured Players Foundation. In July 2016 Peter was appointed as President of the Rugby Football Union, an amazing accolade.

Amanda Broome Peter’s PA for over 10 years said: “so many people have stopped by my desk or got in touch with me to share stories about Peter, from being chased down London Road by the paparazzi to seeing him on the TV sitting next to Prince Harry at Twickenham, his life was certainly a colourful one and he made a lasting impression on everyone he met”

In a statement put out by the RFU their current Chairman Chris Kelly commented that Peter has left a “considerable legacy for rugby union in England” and Ian Ritchie, Chairman of Premiership Rugby and former Chief Executive at the RFU, said Peter “will be remembered fondly across the game and in particular for the part he played in the women’s game, playing a key role in its development.”

Steve Ryan, SA Law’s Managing Partner said: “Everyone at SA Law and many of our clients who knew Peter are deeply saddened by this news. As one of SA Law’s founding partners Peter is an integral part of the SA Law story, he was a fantastic lawyer, mentor, friend and colleague. Peter will be dearly missed by all of us that knew and loved him.”

A memorial service will be taking place on Thursday 29th November at 2.30pm at St Albans Cathedral followed by a toast at St Albans Rugby Club. Please click here to email Amanda Broome so that she can confirm your attendance. Instead of flowers a request has been made for donations to either the RFU Injured Players Foundation (of which Peter was a founding trustee) or Pancreatic Cancer UK.