Media, Entertainment & Sport

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Most of our media and entertainment work naturally arises in the context of our core commercial and regulatory practice areas.

We have wide experience of dealing with commercial contracts between media organisations and companies, agencies, managers, promoters, trade associations, as well as disputes relating to media coverage rights.

Our members have previously advised various TV production companies on contractual football coverage rights, as well as individual players on image rights and their protection. In addition, we have acted for Premiership and lower league football clubs and have mediated between them and sponsors over their media obligations.

Our sports work is also heavily based on our core practice areas. The COVID-19 pandemic led to a large number of sponsorship disputes between sponsors, governing bodies and teams involving the effect of force majeure clauses and the principles of the law of frustration.

We have advised on disputes in almost every sport; from football, rugby union, Formula One motor racing and cricket to tennis, show-jumping and polo. We have also acted for industry bodies such as Sport England and in cases involving sports law and finance, such as in the long-running Olympic Park dispute involving West Ham United, Leyton Orient, and Tottenham Hotspur.

We also have extensive experience of advising on confidential and sensitive matters in this area.

Our work includes cases relating to:

  • Instructed by the defendant sports clothing manufacturer in a c.£2 million dispute concerning a rugby licensing agreement, involving (amongst other things) a dispute about the effect of a force majeure notice issued following the cancellation of fixtures as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Acting for Rangers Football Club in a dispute with Sports Direct concerning matching rights provisions in a retail agreement, raising issues regarding the proper interpretation of such provisions, as well as issues relating to deceit, economic torts and injunctions.
  • Acting for a video game studio in a dispute concerning the development of a fantasy action role-playing game for Windows, Xbox One and PS4.
  • Acting for a major publisher in a dispute with a high-profile celebrity relating to the payment of advances under a book publishing contract and the impact of the celebrity not attending a schedule of agreed PR events in the run up to the launch of the hardback version of his biography.
  • Acting for Cian O’Connor in the Court of Arbitration for Sport appeal filed by Horse Sport Ireland and Mr O’Connor against the decision rendered by the FEI Appeal Committee which meant the Irish team did not qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.
  • Instructed by the respondent in on notice proceedings for an injunction in a dispute concerning distribution rights to a season of the television series The Walking Dead.
  • Representing Cardiff City Football Club in three separate sets of proceedings against its former head coach and others in relation to claims of conspiracy, misrepresentation, and unjust enrichment.
  • Defending the boxer Ricky Burns in respect of claims arising from management and promotion agreements concluded between him and Frank Warren.
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Media, Entertainment & Sport Barristers

Timothy Dutton QC

Timothy Dutton CBE QC

Call 1979 | Silk 1998

Bankim Thanki QC

Bankim Thanki QC

Call 1988 | Silk 2003

Mark Simpson QC

Mark Simpson QC

Call 1992 | Silk 2008

Jeffrey Chapman QC

Jeffrey Chapman QC

Call 1989 | Silk 2010

Akhil Shah QC

Akhil Shah QC

Call 1990 | Silk 2010

Paul Gott QC

Paul Gott QC

Call 1991 | Silk 2012

Richard Coleman QC

Richard Coleman QC

Call 1994 | Silk 2012

Stuart Ritchie QC

Stuart Ritchie QC

Call 1995 | Silk 2012

Laura John QC

Laura John QC

Call 2001 | Silk 2021

Louise Merrett

Call 1995

Deepak Nambisan

Call 1998

Simon Atrill

Simon Atrill

Call 2005

Niamh Cleary

Niamh Cleary

Call 2012

Laurie Brock

Laurie Brock

Call 2013

Max Kasriel

Max Kasriel

Call 2015

Ian Bergson

Ian Bergson

Call 2015

Aaron Taylor

Aaron Taylor

Call 2017

Francesca Ruddy

Francesca Ruddy

Call 2020

Gordon Langley

Sir Gordon Langley

Call 1966 | Silk 1983

Michael Brindle QC

Michael Brindle QC

Call 1975 | Silk 1992

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Email: clerks@fountaincourt.co.uk

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