The football transfer market descended into lawyer hell last week… Sorry, the football transfer market ascended to lawyer heaven last week as Manchester United FC tried to buy one Argentine and avoid selling another.
Man Utd’s chief outside counsel Maurice Watkins of Brabners Chaffe Street has been a busy chap for a few weeks now as he has tried to untangle the third-party ownership of Argentine striker Carlos Tevez from West Ham United FC.
Now he is defending Man Utd after defender Gabriel Heinze instructed Hill Dickinson to get him a move to Liverpool FC.
Heinze’s dispute hinges on whether there was an agreement with Man Utd allowing him to leave if another club put in a high enough offer. It is understood Liverpool has done this, but Man Utd don’t want him to move to its arch-rival.
Ironically, Watkins’ partners at Brabners advised Liverpool on the equally tricky task of transferring yet another Argentine international, Javier Mascherano, from West Ham in January. Barristers from Blackstone, meanwhile, seem to be advising everybody on everything.