GOLFER Rory McIlroy's ex agent will dispute claims that the golfer was not offered an opportunity to receive independent legal advice before signing a now hotly disputed representation agreement.
Mr McIlroy, who is suing Horizon Sports Management, has claimed in court papers that he had not received any independent legal or commercial advice on the terms of the representation agreement – which he signed on December 21, 2011.
Mr McIlroy claims he received no drafts of the agreement and had only one phone call and an email with a law firm prior to signing.
The 24-year-old will claim that Belfast law firm Tughans were "offered" to him by Horizon, and that the firm was not independent as it was involved in the negotiations – led by Horizon – to extract him from ISM, his former US agent.
But the Irish Independent has learned that Horizon is to produce contemporaneous notes from the day the agreement was signed.
The company will say that these notes contradict McIlroy's claim. The attendance notes record that McIlroy was recommended to obtain legal advice, and was further advised that the deal could be postponed until such advice was received.
But Mr McIlroy insists that language contained in a recital in the agreement, which states that he received independent legal advice, was inserted by Horizon "for their own protection".
Horizon has said that it will "comprehensively defend" a range of claims in the McIlroy documents submitted to the Commercial Court in due course. The civil trial will take place in October 2014.
The representation agreement fell apart over the $100m (€73m) Nike deal Horizon agreed on McIlroy's behalf, and the role of Donal Casey, an external consultant who advised Horizon on the strategy for the Nike process.