Experience

Filed and Prosecuted Trademark Applications for a Metal Manufacturing Company Regarding the Naming Rights of a Sports Stadium

Represented a manufacturing company as outside counsel in the filing and prosecution of trademarks and logos in relation to the naming rights of a sports stadium.

Represented Premier League Football Club in Real Estate Transactions

Acted for a Premier League football club in connection with a range of real estate transactions, including acquisitions and disposals.

Acted for Former Premiership Footballer in Claim Against Agent, Barrister

Acted for a former premiership footballer in claim against his former agent and barrister to recover ownership of a company which had been misappropriated.

Acted in Proceedings Involving the Unlawful Sale and Distribution of Tickets for a Major English Tennis Club

Acted for a grand slam tennis club in proceedings against event management companies and their directors in connection with the unlawful sale and distribution of the club’s tickets to its annual championships.

High Court Proceedings for Premier League Football Club Relating to Ticket Terms and Conditions

Acted for a premier league football club in various High Court proceedings in enforcing the club’s ticket terms and conditions against third party resellers. 

Risk Analysis for Use of Celebrity's Name and Likeness in Literary Work

Provided analysis and recommendations regarding liability risk associated with use of a famous celebrity's name and likeness in an original literary work. The project included an in-depth review of the legal concepts of right of publicity, invasion of privacy, misappropriation, false light and defamation.

Representation of Financial Institutions in Investigation of Corruption Involving a Major International Football Association

Represented several financial institutions in connection with a criminal investigation into the corruption of officials in a major international football association.

Negotiated Retransmission Consent Cycles for Broadband Company

Negotiated three retransmission consent cycles for a broadband telecommunications company. Managed the increasing costs of sports and entertainment programming while setting a foundation to enable the company to expand operations into new markets.

On-Demand Content Distribution Platform for Yoga Company

Launched an on-demand content distribution platform for a national yoga studio chain. The client had a short window in which to complete the production, licensing, and distribution agreements. Worked closely with the client to launch the services efficiently, and to expand the on-demand presence during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wind-Down of Fantasy Sports Subsidiary

Completed the wind-down of a client's fantasy sports subsidiary. Transitioned customer accounts off service. Negotiated and managed the early termination of multiple operating agreements to minimize cost and disruption to the client's ongoing operations.

Formation of Music Production Company

Acted for a manager and songwriters who wished to form a company that would act on behalf of various artists in the capacity of a manager, independent record label and publisher. This instruction included advice on voidability and/or unenforceability of certain structures and documents as a result of undue influence and/or restraint of trade (with particular focus on case law in the music industry). Also drafted and negotiated the documents governing the arrangements, which included articles of association and a shareholders’ agreement, an artist management agreement, a record label agreement and a music publishing agreement.

Dismissal of Case Seeking to Ban “Obscene” Book in Virginia

Secured the dismissal of a Virginia state court case seeking to ban the sale of a client’s book. A Virginia Beach General Assembly Delegate brought the action against our client and one of its authors, filed under a decades-old statue and alleging that the book – a memoir, told in graphic novel form, of the author’s own journey of realizing their nonbinary and asexual identity – was “obscene.” Argued that the statute was unconstitutional both facially and as-applied, and that the petition failed to state a claim under Virginia law. The Court agreed and found that the book could not be considered “obscene” under state law, as well as that the statute was unconstitutional in violation of due process and the First Amendment.

Exploitation of Music Rights

Acted for a video game developer in the licensing and commercial exploitation of several musical scores within a suite of popular and well-known video games.

EURO 2020 Commercial Agreements for UEFA

Drafted and negotiated commercial agreements for UEFA in relation to EURO 2020, including in respect of its hospitality and concessions operations for the tournament.

Commercial Work, Agreements for World Marathon Majors

Carried out commercial work for the World Marathon Majors, including drafting agreements in relation to technology suppliers and its other partners.

Advised Wimbledon, London Marathon on Commercial Operations

Advised The All England Lawn Tennis Club (Wimbledon) and London Marathon Events on an ongoing basis, particularly in relation to their commercial operations. This includes advising on and drafting all documents related to their live sporting events, virtual events, brand and charity partners, brand protection, social media campaigns and partners, and headline sponsorship agreements.

Acted for OTT Sports Broadcaster in Various Commercial Matters

Acted for an over-the-top (OTT) sports broadcaster in all commercial matters, including in relation to rights acquisitions, platform and services agreements and data licensing agreements.

Secondment with Spatial Data Technology Company

Acting as General Counsel in a secondment capacity to a spatial data technology company, advising on all commercial and legal matters within the business.

Licensing and Commercial Exploitation of Musical Scores for Video Game Developer

Acted for a video game developer in the licensing and commercial exploitation of several musical scores within a suite of popular and well-known video games.

Licensing of Soundtracks, Anthems for Live Sports Event Business

Drafted and negotiated composer agreements for a live sports events business, covering the licensing of original soundtracks and ‘anthems’.

Brand Partner, Content Creator Agreements for High-Profile Grime Artists

Acted for well-known grime artists in relation to brand partner and content creator agreements.

Negotiation of Agreements for W Series

Supported W Series in the negotiation of various agreements with Formula 1, in addition to providing a wide range of advice to the client for the hosting and promotion of the W Series, including the negotiation of outsourcing and media rights agreements.

Obtained Judgment in Landmark Case for London Marathon

Acted on behalf of London Marathon Events Limited in a landmark case brought against a Russian athlete who earned a marathon title but was later suspended by the Russian Athletic Federation following abnormalities detected in her biological passport.

Advised London & Surrey Cycling Partnership in U.K.’s Largest-Ever Mass Participation Cycling Event

Advised a joint venture in relation to the establishment of the U.K.'s largest-ever mass participation cycling event. Advised on the bidding and tendering process, delivery partner agreement, venue hire agreements and broadcasting media rights deals, and continue to draft and negotiate all sponsorship and supplier agreements.

Commercial Program and Events Counsel for the London Marathon

Advised the London Marathon on all aspects of their commercial program and all related events, including sponsorship and supplier agreements.

COVID-19 Event Cancellation and Postponement for The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon, London Marathon, London & Surrey Cycling Partnership, W Series Limited and Others

Advised in all legal matters resulting from the cancellations of a tennis grand slam tournament, mass-participation cycling event and W Series Limited, and postponement of the London Marathon.

IP, Commercial and Contractual Counsel to The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon

Provided onsite assistance to a private tennis club in England during a major, prestigious tennis tournament, in relation to brand protection and ticketing. Advise the club year-round on a full range of commercial, contractual and intellectual property matters.

Title Sponsorship for the London Marathon

Represented global marathon event in the drafting and negotiating of a title sponsorship agreement.

Trade Mark Protection for The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon

Successfully advised The All England Lawn Tennis Club in registering green and purple as colour trade marks in the United Kingdom, which further protected and enhanced Wimbledon’s historic and iconic intellectual property.

Various Commercial Contracts Including Ticketing Terms for UEFA’s EURO 2020 Tournament

Represented Union des Associations Européennes de Football (UEFA)in relation to sales agency agreements and ticketing terms and conditions for an international football tournament.

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