Fladgate Fielder has scored a win for Crystal Palace FC against former manager Iain Dowie.
Mr Justice Tugendhat ruled that Dowie tricked the club into releasing him from his contract, allowing him to join London rivals Charlton Athletic FC
Dowie claimed that he had not been in contact with Charlton Athletic, but the court found that he had asked about the manager’s job on at least two occasions.
There will now be a separate hearing to determine the amount of damages due to Crystal Palace.
Palace chairman Simon Jordan will likely be claiming upwards of £1m, the value of the compensation clause in Dowie’s contract with his former club.
CMS Cameron McKenna represented Dowie.