Solicitors are used to jumping through legal hoops while being given the runaround by the other side, the government, and even the courts, but one North East-based law firm has helped its client turn obstacle evasion into a recognised sport.

Acting pro bono, sports lawyers John Devine and Anthony Coultas at Newcastle-based Muckle played a key role in helping shape the governance of a new governing body, Parkour UK, in advance of its application to have parkour/freerunning recognised as a sport.

Originating in France as l’art du déplacement in the 1980s, the sport is principally the non-competitive physical discipline of training...

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