Blackstone silk defeated in Wayne Rooney commission case

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  • 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.

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  • He could lear to write shorter judgments though - 195 pages!

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 ?

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • Stop the self-glorification you bunch of fools. We all know you are writing your own reviews.

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  • 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?

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  • 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.......

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Disagree Mr Biased. You have not been outside London. Appreciate you need to maintain the myth to justify your fees though.

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