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Nicholas Gibson: EXPERTISE

Sports Law

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Nicholas has been instructed in a range of sports-related matters, advising on EU and competition law issues and appearing in commercial and other disputes for clients in the sports sector (including leading football clubs and other sports-related businesses). Some public examples of his work in this area are listed below.

R (Sky Blue Sports & Leisure Limited and others) v Coventry City Council [2014] EWHC 2089 (Admin) [2013] EWHC 3366 (Admin) Acting (with Rhodri Thompson QC) for the owners of Coventry City Football Club in judicial review proceedings before the Administrative Court alleging that Coventry City Council’s decision to lend £14.4million to its subsidiary Arena Coventry Limited (the company which managed the Club’s home ground) was an unlawful use of public funds in breach of EU State aid rules and irrational; and representing the Club’s owners on an appeal to the Court of Appeal

R v Euroteam AS; OFT v Gyrre (2012) Advising on defences under the European laws of competition and free movement of goods and services to alleged offences of selling Olympic tickets without authorisation under the London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act 2006. Further advising (with Rhodri Thompson QC) in relation to an application by the Office of Fair Trading to the High Court for an interim enforcement order under Part 8 of the Enterprise Act 2002 arising from alleged Community infringements under consumer protection legislation.

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