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Litigation health check feature by Stephanie Bonnello

Whether you’re pursuing a claim or defending one, litigation can be a costly and time-consuming exercise and it is generally best avoided.  This article provides a general overview of what litigation is and contains some useful tips for individuals and businesses in the fitness industry who may find themselves involved in a dispute, as well as advice on how to avoid getting involved in a dispute in the first place.

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Reviewing the top 10 sports law and IP trends for 2017 (Part 1)

It is a particularly fascinating time in sport at the moment, as rapidly evolving media rights models, something of a crisis in sports governance and ongoing question marks over the integrity of various sports all interact with the disruptive impact of new technologies and major new players entering the market place.  The very meaning of sport and sports marketing seems to be undergoing a major adjustment, if not a revolution. If anything has surprised us in 2017, it is the sheer pace of disruption and change.

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Q&A: Nic Couchman

Nic, how was 2016 for the firm?

Overall I would describe it as intense. We work in a very competitive and dynamic space, and so 2016 was no different in that respect – we have had to work hard to stay front of mind for our clients. Some transactions slowed down a bit around the time of the Brexit vote but overall it was a very strong year for us. We picked up some fantastic new clients in football, worked on big name player transfers in the summer window, won a landmark case for Burnley FC with the highest compensation award given for an out of contract player, built our dispute resolution team, picked up exciting new work in motor racing and mass participation sports, helped to push the frontiers of data rights in sports still further, and made up a new partner and our first ‘home grown’ solicitor.

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Digital first for Italy's Serie B

Couchmans LLP has advised Lega Nazionale Professionisti Serie B (“Lega B”) on a first-of-its-kind data and digital project for Italian football. The Couchmans team, led by Head of Sports Data Jody MacDonald, worked closely with Lega B’s Head of Digital Federico Smanio throughout 2016 to develop the League’s strategy.

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Key football data partnerships agreed

Couchmans LLP, the specialist sports law firm, has advised Football DataCo Limited, the company responsible for the marketing and commercialisation of the official match data of The Premier League, The English Football League (EFL) and The Scottish Professional Football League, on the conclusion of Official Data Partnerships for Season 2016/17 to 2018/19 inclusive.

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Couchmans scores with Roma-Nike contract

Leading sports law specialists Couchmans LLP have acted for Italian Serie A giants AS Roma on their multi-million Euro apparel and equipment contract which was announced earlier this month. The deal will see the giallorossi partner with Nike for a ten year period during which Nike will not only supply playing and training kit, but will also work with the Club on a major new merchandising operation

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