Media, entertainment & sport
Most of Fountain Court’s media and entertainment work naturally arises in the context of its core commercial practice areas, although there is also a regulatory element in relation to press and other media disputes. All forms of media can be advised upon, with a particular focus on larger commercial entities. Members of chambers 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.
The set, has, for example, acted for music TV channel operators in a successful appeal to the Court of Appeal regarding the terms of their licence from the copyright licensing body, in a case that set precedent on royalty rates for the industry. Members of Chambers at all levels have experience of different aspects of media and entertainment law.
The set has previously advised various TV production companies on contractual football coverage rights, as well as individual players on image rights and their protection; it has also acted for Premiership football clubs and mediated between them and sponsors over their media obligations.
The majority of Fountain Court’s sports work also emanates from its core commercial practice areas, although there is also a substantial regulatory element. Members of chambers have wide experience of disputes between professional sportsmen/women and their managers, promoters, clubs and professional associations, as well as disputes relating to sports coverage rights.
Members of Chambers at all levels have experience of different aspects of sports law. Clients vary from the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club to the Federation International Automobile – FIA- motor racing’s governing body.
Members have also acted for industry bodies such as Sport England; and have previously advised television TV production companies on contractual coverage rights to key sports such as football, Formula One motor racing, motorcycle racing; clients include F1 teams, and leading rugby and football clubs.
The set has also provided specialist counsel in the area of sports law and finance, recently merging both disciplines in the Olympic Park dispute involving West Ham United, Leyton Orient, and Tottenham Hotspur, which saw judicial review litigation, an area in which the set is notably expert.
Members have also advised on contractual disputes in a way which harnesses our legal knowledge, evidence, and understanding of the sports context of the particular contracts involved.