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Is it time to dispense with salary cap?

After a couple of weeks of good publicity and new beginnings, you have to ask whether the game has shot itself in the foot again. Wigan Warriors have been fined and 2 points deducted for the 2019 season for alleged breach of a salary cap committed in the 2017 season. It does seem quite ridiculous [...]

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Have Celebrity Injunctions Become Virtually Impossible to Enforce?

The recently well publicised case of PJS v News Group Newspapers Ltd (‘NGN’) has seen the once powerful celebrity injunction – a court order preventing a party from doing something– appear to be of little use. Here PJS, a well-known celebrity (PJS used to hide the party’s identity), requested that the court grant an injunction [...]

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Characteristics of the Reader Taken into Account When Deciding the Meaning of Words in Defamation Cases

In Theedom v Nourish Training (t/a CSP Recruitment) the Claimant, a former employee of Nourish Trading (NT), brought a claim against NT after the managing partner sent e-mails to 124 other employers complaining about the claimants alleged conduct. The e-mail stated that the Claimant was sacked for passing confidential information to his girlfriend which amounted [...]

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The Requirement for Claimants in Defamation Proceedings to show that their Reputation Suffered, or is Likely to Suffer, Serious Harm Emphasised by the High Court.

In Sobrinho v Impresa Publishing SA the High Court was asked to determine whether a Portuguese banker, living in Switzerland, was able to bring a claim for defamation against a Portuguese newspaper which had made certain allegations regarding the claimant’s role in the failure of a Portuguese bank. Although not resident in the UK, the [...]

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Sporting testimonials now the subject of new legislation

Testimonial matches are a long standing practice in the sporting world to honour and pay tribute to a sportsperson’s playing career. These events are often held to signify the end of a sportsperson’s playing career, but can also be to acknowledge a particular period of service. The practice was introduced at a time when professional [...]

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FrontRow Legal Principal Richard Cramer provides expert opinion on takeover of Leeds United

Following the recent press reports that Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino is currently in the process of attempting to sell the Club, Richard was on hand to provide an expert opinion on this issue to BBC Radio Leeds. To listen to this interview, please click on the following link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p037vt8w

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Leeds United President Massimo Cellino banned under Football League’s Owners’ and Directors’ test

The Football League announced on 19 October 2015 that, following a review of the reasoned Judgment of an Italian court, it had deemed that the President of Leeds United Football Club Massimo Cellino’s conviction under Italian tax legislation relating to the non-payment of VAT constituted a disqualifying condition under its Directors’ and Owners’ test. As [...]

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Do Athletes Need to Know They Are Using Prohibited Substances in Order to Violate Anti-Doping Rules?

  Doping – taking banned substances in order to enhance sporting performances – is an issue that many are aware of at the moment due to the much publicised test-data leak placing professional athletics under the spotlight. The amended World Anti-Doping Association Code that came into force in January 2015 (‘The Code’) emphasizes that it [...]

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Could football see a return of third party ownership before it has even left the sport?

Third party ownership, also known as a TPO, is when the transfer rights of players are wholly or partially owned by a third party other than the club the player plays for. Since 2006, this practice is something that is already prohibited in England ever since the media interest surrounding Carlos Tevez and Xavier Mascherano’s [...]

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