Addleshaws wins Games work

ADDLESHAW Booth & Co has beaten off its Manchester rivals to be appointed legal adviser to the organising committee of the Commonwealth Games to be held in the city in 2002.

The Addleshaws team, led by IP head Robert Stoker, will advise on broadcasting rights, sponsorship and merchandising contracts, and infringement issues.

The firm won the work after a competitive tendering exercise, which is believed to have been confined to firms in the Manchester area.

As part of the deal Addleshaws will second James Whittaker, a senior intellectual property solicitor, to the committee to act as overall co-ordinator for the legal work.

Whittaker will work initially on a part-time basis for the committee, but will go full-time as the Games approach.

The chief executive of the organising committee, James Seligman, said: “There was an enormous and positive response from the Manchester legal community which was very encouraging.

“There is great enthusiasm for the event and this made the tender process quite a responsibility.

“Protecting and maximising rights relating to the Games is integral to its success for the City of Manchester.”

Addleshaws' senior partner Paul Lee said he was “delighted” to have won the work “not least because the Commonwealth Games are the second largest multi-sport event in the world – after the Olympics”.