The first official sponsors of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games have been announced ©Getty Images

International law firm Gowling WLG has been announced as the first official sponsor of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The company has been unveiled as the official legal advisers to the Games, which will take place in the English city between July 27 and August 7.

Birmingham 2022 said the firm will offer advice to the Games on brand protection, disputes, general commercial matters and other services over the next three years in preparation for the event.

Ian Reid, Birmingham 2022 chief executive, said: "I'm delighted to announce Gowling WLG as our first official sponsor for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

"This is a very exciting time as we've just passed our three years to go milestone and our profile and workload is really starting to increase.

"We are completely confident in Gowling WLG's ability to provide us with the professional legal support we require and we are already working very closely with them, as we continue our preparations for delivering the biggest event that the West Midlands has ever staged."

Gowling WLG chief executive David Fennell added: "This appointment builds on our strong track record of advising on major projects across the public and private sectors, and we're committed to playing our part in making Birmingham 2022 a huge success for the UK and on the international stage.

"We're already working hard to support the Birmingham 2022 team on the legal aspects, and to add value wherever we can to deliver a vibrant, inclusive and socially responsible Games.

"We have a strong affinity with the Commonwealth across our global network, and will be making the most of every opportunity for our clients, communities and people to get involved in this stand-out sporting and cultural event."