News Litigation Law firms The Bar Blackstone silk defeated in Wayne Rooney commission case By Margaret Taylor 15 July 2010 16:32 17 December 2015 16:10 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Anonymous 16 July 2010 at 09:47 Mr Justice Hegarty has one of the best legal brains I have ever come across in over 40 years in the profession. I first came across him when he was defending a claim brought by my clients and he made mincemeat of our case. Reply Link Anonymous 16 July 2010 at 13:36 He could lear to write shorter judgments though – 195 pages! Reply Link Anonymous 16 July 2010 at 15:02 Mill’s defeat is wholly atypical, and I wonder if it smacks a little of local counsel gaining the ear of a local Northern Circuit judge, for a local hero, and thus also running off Blackstone’s finest. Mill’s practice is one of Blackstone’s commercial cornerstones. He is heavily in demand. I can’t see this as anything other than a eccentric result, probably overturned on appeal. Weisselberg is a top-quality junior. Reply Link scott 16 July 2010 at 17:36 The decsion is entirely in accord with the existing law regarding restrictive covenants and contracts made by minors and/or inexpeienced persons. If the facts and aw are clearly against one’s client then no matter how emminent one’s counsel one is likely to lose. Reply Link Could Rooney's case have simply been stronger? 17 July 2010 at 06:32 Anon@ 3:02 – clearly, the outcome can’t have been anything to do with Rooney having had the stronger case. If the great Ian Mill loses, something must be amiss – provincial bias in this case. Reply Link Anonymous 17 July 2010 at 13:40 Well, if Proactive do decide to pursue this in the Court of Appeal, as the previous posts are egging them on to do, all of the sports world will take note and ponder other agents. Rooney chose to go with Paul Stretford for a reason – that he thought he was the best choice for him. Is sports agency just a “what’s in it for me game ?” or does Jerry Maguire’s “the sportsman comes first” mean nothing ? Reply Link Anonymous 17 July 2010 at 22:01 First, I’ll declare an interest as a northern circuit lawyer. But it is astoundingly disrespecful for the person writing above me to suggest Proactive may lost because the judge was favouring a northern litigant and his northern circuit counsel. This judge was, I’m sure, and judges generally are, I hope, guided by the merits, rather than geography. Or is that just a parochial northern attitude of mine? If so, I’d better be putting on an estuarial twang next time I’m in the Strand. Reply Link njr1330 18 July 2010 at 12:52 Surely, the words “silk defeated” are unfair – the outcome of litigation [always uncertain] has more to do with the material and the witnesses than the abilities of those presenting it. …No silk purse from sow’s ear! Reply Link Anonymous 18 July 2010 at 22:19 Stop the self-glorification you bunch of fools. We all know you are writing your own reviews. Reply Link Anonymous 19 July 2010 at 10:26 Oh Dear! We cant have Londons finest losing to anyone in the provinces without good reason can we? I wonder if the Judge agrees with your comments? Reply Link Anonymous 19 July 2010 at 11:41 Another classic case of London v The Provinces. Get over it! Chaisty is First Class and happens to operate (principally) out of Manchester and Leeds. The comments, however, regarding Judge Hegarty’s professional integrity are, I suspect, a step too far……. Reply Link Anonymous 19 July 2010 at 11:53 Here here 19 July 2010 post @ 10.26am. As a previous City lawyer who now works in the North, I am sick and tired of the “provincial lawyer stereotype” that City lawyers love to hype up. When I came North I was impressed by the calibre of lawyers here and my City ego was soon put to bed for good (shame on me). The North can rival the quality of services in London, at a much better price – so look around a bit for more if you’re an in-houser listening to this. As for Norther circuit judge bias, pull the other one it’s got bells on it. Reply Link Biased 20 July 2010 at 02:50 Anonymous 19 July 11.53: There will always be individuals who buck trends (in both directions) but, no, the quality of services in the North (or any of the provinces for that matter) cannot be compared to the talent and skill set in the City. Reply Link Robbie 21 July 2010 at 15:32 Disagree Mr Biased. You have not been outside London. Appreciate you need to maintain the myth to justify your fees though. Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.