Eversheds and Marley family defeat Familyman Barrett

Eversheds has won a High Court victory for the family of Bob Marley against the singer’s former guitarist, Aston “Familyman” Barrett.

Mr Justice Lewison this morning (15 May) handed down a judgment finding that Barrett and his late brother Carlton “Carly” Barrett were not parties to a 1974 contract Marley had with his record company Universal-Island Records, and were therefore not entitled to royalty payments.

The judge also found that Marley had penned songs which the Barretts claimed they had written.

The Marley family said in a statement: “We always felt that this would be the outcome and it was hard to listen to Aston Barrett reduce his friend Bob to someone who was more interested in playing football than making music.”

The family concluded: “Bob Lives, Jah Live.”

Eversheds partner Nicholas Valner commented that it was a pity that the Marleys’ strike-out application had not been upheld by Mr Justice Laddie in 2003.

Valner instructed Serle Court Chamber’s Liz Jones QC for the Marley estate and Universal-Island Records. Laurence Gilmore of West End firm Hamlins represented the Barretts, instructing Stephen Bate of 5 Raymond Buildings.