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Sport Disputes

The sports disputes team at Lewis Silkin has a wealth of experience of advising on all forms of dispute resolution within the sports sector including litigation in the civil courts as well as domestic and international arbitration in sport specific tribunals like the Court of Arbitration for Sport and FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber.

We work closely with our clients to resolve their disputes effectively by providing clear and practical advice and our in-depth knowledge of the sports industry ensures that our clients pursue the right strategy from the outset.

Our recent sports disputes experience includes:

  • acting for one of the UK’s largest football intermediary organisations in a FA Rule K arbitration.
  • representing a large football investment company in a multi-million pound High Court claim against a leading international football club;
  • advising a prominent motor-racing team in relation to a contractual dispute with one of their former drivers;
  • advising a leading Premier League football club in relation to brand protection and an unlawful use of the club’s trade mark; and
  • acting for a high profile Premier League football player in a dispute with his former intermediary regarding commission payments.

The team also works closely with the members of the sports disciplinary team who have extensive experience of dealing with on and off field disciplinary issues at the highest level. More information regarding the sports disciplinary team’s experience can be found here.

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English courts and overseas defendants: jurisdiction challenges and the “three limb” test

06 February 2019

When a dispute involves a foreign party or events that took place in another jurisdiction, questions often arise as to where the dispute should be determined. The forum in which the dispute is determined can make a great deal of difference. It is therefore important for potential litigants to know where they can commence proceedings and whether they can resist claims brought against them in the “wrong” jurisdiction. In a recent case the English Court of Appeal considered the test that will apply when deciding whether to permit a claimant to sue a “foreign” defendant in this jurisdiction.

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