Experience

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.

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.

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.

Commercial Contracts for International Football Tournament

Part of the team that advised a major international football association in connection with commercial contracts that were required in order to host a major international football tournament across several different host nations and jurisdictions. The tournament was an overwhelming success.

£3 Million Residential Acquisition for Sporting Organisation

Acted for major sporting organisation in the £3 million acquisition of a residential accommodation site.

Formation of Music Production Company

Acted for a manager and songwriters who wished to form of 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.

Legal Counsel to Tennis Pro’s Private Family Office

Acted as legal counsel to renowned tennis professional’s private family office, dealing with all of his legal affairs during bankruptcy proceedings in the U.K. This entailed dealing with the receivers on a daily basis, defending him in court in the U.K., against actions of the private bank and other creditors in the U.K., Germany, Switzerland and in Spain. Conducted litigation for him as counsel in Switzerland and was involved in drafting all of his sponsorship contracts, endorsement contracts, partnership contracts, international TV commercials and TV shows, and commentary work for Wimbledon, Australian Open and US Open. Also dealt with his media work, such as newspaper articles and interviews for “Stern,” “Hello” and other magazines.

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.

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. 

Obtained Family Visas for Brazilian Premier League Athlete

Assisted a Brazilian international footballer in obtaining visas for his wife and child while he was playing for an English Premier League team.

Negotiated Settlement of a Trust Dispute Between Performers and Their Agent

Assisted the partner in negotiating a favourable settlement on behalf of professional stage performers against their agent who had withheld payments, in breach of contract and trust. The dispute involved complex arguments concerning the creation of a Quistclose trust.

COVID-19 and the English Football League Season

Advised a professional football club about the decision by the English Football League to end the 2019/20 football league season early as a result of the impact of COVID-19.

Advising on Potential Defamation Claim Against Major British Broadcast Provider

Acted for a client who was to be the focus of an upcoming investigation conducted by a major British broadcast network. Advised the client as to potential defamation claim and prospects of pre-publication injunction against the network, and pre-action correspondence in conjunction with leading counsel.

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.

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.

Representation in Connection with Professional Athletic League and Related Sports Injuries Class Action

Represented companies offering claims services and non-recourse loans to class members against allegations of impropriety by nationwide class counsel in connection with a professional athletic league and related sports injuries class action.

Filed Trademarks for Retirement Plan Provider in Naming of Major Sports Stadium

Served as IP counsel to a retirement plan provider related to their involvement in purchasing naming rights to a major U.S. sports stadium. Provided counsel on and filed for trademark protection of names and logos following multi-year deal.

Multimillion-Dollar Venture Capital Investment into Gaming Technology Company

Advised an investor on a multimillion-dollar venture capital investment into a mobile sports gaming company.

Federal Civil Rights and Education Discrimination Trial

Served as lead counsel in lawsuit against three school districts and state activities association for failing to provide equal opportunities to female students to participate in high school sports.

$1 Billion-Plus Rights Deal for MLB Team

Assisted client, a Major League Baseball team, in closing a more than $1 billion rights deal with a major cable sports network. The deal ensures more than 150 regular season games will be aired on the network through 2032.

Dismissal of Claims for Wrongful Death of Professional Hockey Player

Secured a dismissal of claims against a national sports association for lack of personal jurisdiction in an action for the wrongful death of a professional hockey player that was upheld on a writ by the Missouri Court of Appeals.

Summary Judgment for Client in Dispute over Acquisition

Represented a sports and entertainment client in a dispute over its acquisition of another company. Plaintiff alleged the acquisition violated an exclusivity provision it had to acquire a subsidiary of the acquired company. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas granted summary judgment to our client on all of the plaintiff’s claims.

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