The Racing Partnership Case – The Rights and Obligations Of Distributors Of Live Sports Betting Data

The Racing Partnership Case – The Rights and Obligations Of Distributors Of Live Sports Betting Data
Wednesday, 28 April 2021 By Hollie Higgins

The Court of Appeal’s recent judgment in The Racing Partnership v Sports Information Services[1]  is essential reading for practitioners advising those who seek to exploit live sporting data as a commercial asset. Reversing the judgment of the High Court, the Court of Appeal held that Sports Information Services was liable for unlawful means conspiracy, but not for breach of confidence, in collecting and distributing key ‘race day’ data from horseracing arenas which The Racing Partnership had an exclusive contractual right to exploit.

This article examines the background to the case and the implications of the judgment for the law of breach of confidence/misuse of confidential information and unlawful means conspiracy.

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Hollie Higgins

Hollie Higgins

Hollie is a barrister at Blackstone Chambers. She has developed a particular expertise in the legal implications of Brexit having recently acted in the Supreme Court cases of Re Scottish Continuity Bill and Miller (No.2) v Prime Minister. She has also advised numerous parties on issues arising out of the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018. Hollie also recently completed a secondment to the FCA, working within the General Counsel’s Division with a focus on the implementation of MiFID II and MiFIR.

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