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Case note: McGill v. The Sports and Entertainment Media Group and Others

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Tuesday, 03 January 2017 By Sam Stevens

A footballer and an agent enter an unwritten exclusive agency agreement. The agent sets up a transfer for the player. However, a different agency takes over as the player’s agent prior to completion. This was the basic factual background before the Court of Appeal in McGill[1]. The court had to deal with various interesting legal issues arising from this litigation, and its judgment merits careful consideration.

This article will deal primarily with the Court of Appeal’s decision on the agent’s claim that he lost a chance to complete the player’s transfer. It will also briefly touch on the findings in relation to the agent’s earlier settlement with the player and how this affected his subsequent litigation against the other agency (the Jameson / Heaton[2] issue).

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Sam Stevens

Sam Stevens

Sam read Law at the University of Warwick, following which he completed an LLM at the University of Cambridge.

Sam accepts instructions to advise and represent clients in contractual, regulatory/disciplinary and personal injury matters involving all major sports.

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Comments (2)

  • Dan Lowen

    • 04 January 2017 at 15:02
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    Good article, Sam. There's also an interesting point on the tension between an agreement that complies with The FA's regulations and an agreement that's binding at law. As Mr Justice Henderson observes, "the 2006 FA Regulations had no statutory force. In law, they are no more than the rules of an unincorporated association, by which its members (and anybody else who agreed to abide by them) were contractually bound." As the judgment confirms, non-compliance with those rules did not prevent a legally binding agreement coming into force.


    • Sean Cottrell

      • 04 January 2017 at 15:08
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      Thanks Dan. It is a good point that you raise. Thanks for highlighting this.


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