Sunday 22 October 2017

Settlement in Rory McIlroy's legal dispute with his former sports agent ongoing

WORK is continuing in drawing up the settlement in golfer Rory McIlroy's legal dispute with his former sports agent, the High Court heard today.

Rossa Fanning BL, for McIlroy, told Mr Justice Brian Cregan, following an agreement announced to the court earlier this month, the parties were continuing to work towards approving a settlement. The matter could be put back for another week, counsel said

Mr Fanning said this had been agreed with the other side and "I don't think there is any benefit in giving any details at this time".

Mr Justice Cregan adjourned the matter to March 3 for mention.

When the case was settled earlier this month, it was put back to today for mention. Normally this is for the court to be advised that a settlement has been formally agreed.

The Northern Ireland golfer had sued his former agent, Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management Ltd, and two associated special purpose companies, Gurteen Ltd, with a registered address in Malta,  and Dublin-based Canovan Management Services.

Mr McIlroy claimed he entered into improvident representation agreements in December 2011 and March 2013. 

The defendants denied his claims and counter-claimed.

Mr McIlroy was not in court today although he had attended what was due to be the first day of the scheduled eight-week hearing which never got underway when talks began.

In a joint statement issued immediately after that court announcement, it said the case between Mr McIlroy and Horizon had been "settled to the satisfaction of both parties who wish each other well for the future".

The case had been fast-tracked to the High Court's big business division, the Commercial Court, in October 2013.   Mediation talks took place but were not successful.

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