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Spurs 2 : 0 HMRC – termination payment not taxable earnings

Published on 20 December 2017. By Michelle Sloane, Senior Associate and Adam Craggs, Partner

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The Upper Tribunal (UT) has confirmed the decision of the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) that payments made by Spurs in respect of two players on early termination of their contracts were not earnings. They were termination payments and, therefore, were outside the scope of national insurance contributions (NICs).

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Swansea City player Bony keeps former agents in play

Published on 14 September 2017. By Joshua Charalambous, Associate and Nicole Jahanshahi, Associate

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In a dispute with his agents over secret commissions, Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony has succeeded in opposing a stay in English Court proceedings, which would have been implemented had the Court found he had agreed to arbitrate. The decision is an important reminder that national courts will have jurisdiction to hear a claim if the parties have not agreed (expressly or impliedly) to resolve the dispute using arbitration.

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Edgar Davids wins League of Legends image rights claim

Published on 23 August 2017. By Nicole Jahanshahi, Associate and Joshua Charalambous, Associate

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Dutch football icon Edgar Davids has succeeded in suing Riot Games – makers of the world's biggest video game and eSports phenomenon, League of Legends.

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Barton succeeds in reducing betting ban

Published on 04 August 2017. By Joshua Charalambous, Associate

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Joey Barton has succeeded in reducing the ban imposed on him by the FA Commission following breaches of FA Rules concerning betting – but he's still banned until 1 June 2018

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Using VR in sports – virtual insanity or future reality?

Published on 01 August 2017. By Andrew Crystal, Senior Associate

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Stoke City has become the latest Premier League club to announce that it will use virtual reality (VR) technology as a training tool for its goalkeepers.

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A shot in the arm for football sponsorship – clubs take advantage of new shirt sleeve regulations

Published on 24 July 2017. By Stuart Harris, Associate and Andrew Crystal, Senior Associate

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As forecasted in our blog post back in April, it wasn't long before other Premier League teams followed Manchester City's lead in announcing major tie-ups for shirt sleeve sponsorship.

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Indian sports broadcast network 'bowled out' for breach of a media rights agreement

Published on 18 July 2017. By Joshua Charalambous, Associate

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This article considers New Zealand Cricket (Incorporation) v Neo Sports Broadcast PVT Ltd in which the High Court exercised its discretion and lifted a stay to allow the claimant, New Zealand Cricket, to successfully obtain summary judgment on a breach of contract claim with elements of bad faith counter-arguments.

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Bournemouth bets on shirt sponsorship deal with M88

Published on 05 July 2017. By Joshua Charalambous, Associate

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AFC Bournemouth announces a two year deal with online gambling company M88, which includes shirt sponsorship and pitch-side branding.

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Barton bets big and loses: sanctions, mitigation and next steps

Published on 15 May 2017. By Joshua Charalambous, Associate and Dani Barnes, Trainee solicitor

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What is the appropriate sanction for breaching the prohibition on betting on football matches, and what effect will mitigating factors have on the sanction?

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Hacked – IAAF victim of cyber-attack compromising athlete data

Published on 10 April 2017. By Nicola Cain, Legal Director and Stuart Harris, Associate

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The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has been subject to a data breach – allegedly by Russian hacking group Fancy Bears - potentially compromising the sensitive data of a number of athletes.

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