Svengate players appoint counsel

The army of lawyers involved in the Football Association (FA) scandal has grown to include Barker Gillette, Fox Williams and McGrigors, all acting for the individuals at the centre of the controversy.

Athole Still International, agent for England coach Sven Goran Eriksson, appointed McGrigors corporate partner Paul Davidson and employment partner Stuart Neilson. Last Thursday (5 August) at an inquiry, Eriksson was cleared of any wrongdoing over his relationship with FA secretary Faria Alam.

As first revealed by The Lawyer (29 July), Eversheds employment partner Peter Norbury was retained by the FA to prepare a report into how erroneous statements were released denying an affair between the England coach and Alam.

The FA board was also represented by Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw senior partner Paul Maher and employment partner Nick Robertson, together with John Bowers QC of Littleton Chambers.

The FA said in a statement that Mayer Brown was appointed “to ensure the process is demonstrated to be fair and accountable to all involved”.

Addleshaw Goddard advised the FA on the original statements and also acted for Alam – who also had a relationship with the FA’s chief executive Mark Palios – since the FA said it has a duty of care towards its employee.

Alam has subsequently retained Barker Gillette partners Steven Barker and Nigel Buxton Forsyth. Her agent Max Clifford announced her resignation on Thursday.

Palios, who resigned over a week ago, was advised by Fox Williams head of employment Jane Mann, while Colin Gibson, the FA’s director of communications, whose resignation was accepted at the inquiry, was represented by employment partner Clive Howard of Russell Jones & Walker.