Leading lawyer to represent England in the 2022 World Masters Hockey World Cup
Keith Land is a longstanding member of the England squad and has appeared on a number of occasions, including in the 2017 indoor Masters World Cup and most recently in England’s victory in the Home Nations tournament in June.
Now, Keith – head of employment at Sintons – has been selected for England over-45s to compete in the World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa.
The tournament begins on October 1, with the first fixture for England’s over-45s against Malaysia that day, with further group games against South Africa, USA, France and Zimbabwe.
The final is on October 10, with matches throughout the World Cup livestreamed online to a global audience.
His latest selection for England marks another significant achievement for Keith in hockey, which he has played since he was 12 years old, inspired by his father who represented England in hockey at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
While Keith is regularly named as one of the leading employment lawyers in the North of England, away from his professional commitments, he travels the country to train with his England teammates, including at the national sports centre Bisham Abbey.
He also represents Morpeth Hockey Club and previously played in the National Premier League at Sheffield and Doncaster for 15 years.
“It is a real honour to be selected for England again. It is every player’s ambition to be part of a World Cup and to be part of the squad to go to South Africa is fantastic,” says Keith.
“I can’t wait to get started and undoubtedly this will be an unforgettable experience. I’m really grateful for the support I have had from family, friends, teammates, and of course my Sintons colleagues who are sparing me for two weeks while we bid to win the World Cup.”
Christopher Welch, managing partner at Sintons, adds: “We are very proud of Keith and the fact he has again been selected to represent his country – playing at the World Cup doesn’t get much bigger and it’s a phenomenal achievement to be part of that.
“While many clients know about Keith’s capabilities in hockey, some probably don’t, and will learn about his talents away from work for the first time, and I’m sure they will be as impressed as we all are at Sintons.
“It is an achievement indeed how Keith continues to excel in his work as a top-rated employment lawyer, acting for leading businesses and organisations nationally, while also dedicating time and effort to hockey and competing in top-level international Masters sport.
“We of course wish him and the England over-45s team every success in South Africa and will hope very much to be calling him a ‘World Cup winner’ within the coming weeks!”