Having advised Clubs, players, managers, agents and associations for many years we have built very close relations with many involved in the game.
Areas where we give advice include:
Reputation Management/ Defamation
Our lawyers have brought successful claims for Managers, Players and Agents including Jamie Carragher, Sven Goran Eriksson, Micah Richards, Joey Barton and others. We have represented several Premier League clubs in respect of unwarranted claims made in the national media about finance, transfers, what was said to who and more.
We have obtained injunctions to prevent publication of private matters for several UK and foreign footballers. We obtained one urgent privacy injunction at the High Court one evening against The Sun whilst the player was actually on the pitch!
We have acted to prevent the sale of private information for players – resulting on one occasion in a prison sentence for the culprit who sought to blackmail our client.
Disclosure and Spartacus Orders
Our lawyers recently acted for a Premiership Club to obtain an Order from the Court forcing a major telecommunications organisation to reveal to us the details relating to the sending of confidential emails. We obtained full particulars of the address from which the emails were sent. Such orders are becoming common in relation to invasions of privacy.
Mark Manley has mediated a number of high profile disputes including:
Mark Manley is a panel member for Sports Resolutions – formerly the Sports Dispute Resolution Panel. See www.sportresolutions.co.uk
We have successfully represented a National Football Association in a dispute with a Club within its jurisdiction regarding an affiliation issue which resulted in a sanction for the Club.
We have advised on FA Rule K Arbitrations and have successfully prevented publication of Arbitration decisions contrary to the Rules of governing bodies.
We have represented athletes in disputes regarding Olympic Games selection.
Mark Manley is a panelist Arbitrator for Sports Resolutions.
Football Transfers and Registrations
We advise players and Clubs at short notice on transfers and player registrations. We have been involved in the negotiation of transfers of foreign players to UK clubs and have advised on contractual issues connected with those deals. We have a close relationship with one of the UK’s leading Image Right experts who are able to provide all necessary advice regarding the tax and other benefits of the establishment of an image rights company. Our lawyers have acted for footballers in professional negligence actions against solicitors who have failed to properly deal with football transactions.
Mark Manley has been an FA Registered Football Agent for several years.
Mark has acted for Premiership Clubs in connection with disciplinary action taken against players relating to issues on and off the field.
False Endorsement / Intellectual Property issues
Our lawyers have acted for players whose images have been used without licence. This is of particular importance when a player/athlete has existing sponsorship and/or endorsement contracts which include exclusivity provisions. We have been approached to negotiate an endorsement agreement for an England international footballer with a major health food organisation.
Mark Manley has been appointed to Testimonial Committees for Dave Watson (Everton FC), Ronnie Moran (Liverpool FC) and Jamie Carragher (Liverpool FC). A testimonial year requires significant planning, organisation and legal advice relating to the charitable implications, status and requirements of the testimonial, taxation implications, commercial negotiation and event management.
Our team has many years’ experience of both obtaining and fighting injunction applications – from initial advice right up to fighting cases all the way to the highest courts. We have obtained injunctions for Premiership footballers, celebrities and businessmen and women to prevent publication of private information at very short notice. Equally, we have been on the “other side” of the fence – Mark Manley fought against an injunction obtained to gag a newspaper from publishing a story in the public interest and finally secured a victory in the House of Lords (now Supreme Court) which discharged the gagging order and allowed the truth to come out (see Cream Holdings v Banerjee and Liverpool Daily Post and Echo Ltd  UK HL44
For businesses we have obtained injunctions to prevent employees breaching restrictive covenants.
We have obtained declarations from Courts as to the enforceability of intellectual property rights (and obtained passing off injunctions).
Contact Mark Manley or Leanne Wheeler on 01244 230000
or Eddie Parladorio on 0207 355 8919