Law firm successfully advises football club on sponsorship claim defence

Law firm DLA Piper has successfully represented Liverpool Football Club in defending a £1.125m claim brought by sports intermediary Winlink Marketing Ltd.

The North West law firm represented The Liverpool Football Club and Athletics Grounds Limited.

Winlink sought to rely on an introduction agreement entered into by Liverpool FC and Winlink back in October 2013, to claim commission on LFC’s £15m training kit sponsorship deal with BetVictor in 2016.

This was despite Winlink having had no involvement in the deal.

In the judgment handed down remotely today (September 14), His Honour Judge Pelling QC concluded that the introductions made by Winlink needed to be the effective cause of the BetVictor deal, which they were not.

The DLA Piper team was led by Christina Sharma (legal director) and Danielle Carter (associate), with Robert Anderson QC of Blackstone Chambers and Theo Barclay of Hailsham Chambers as Counsel.

Christina Sharma said: “This judgment will be of significant interest to sporting rights holders who use introducer intermediaries, as the law is now clear that direct involvement in a deal will be required, in the absence of an express term to the contrary.”