Friday 23 March 2018

Rory McIlroy hopes for autumn court date over agent case

Golfer Rory McIlroy
Golfer Rory McIlroy

Tim Healy

GOLFER Rory McIlroy wants an autumn court date for his legal challenge over a 2011 fees agreement with agents managing and promoting him.

He is contesting the validity and enforceability of representation agreements with three companies involving allegedly "unreasonable" fee rates and commissions, the Commercial Court has been told.

Rossa Fanning, for Mr McIlroy (inset), said his side is anxious for a date in October because the golfer, due to his commitments, has "limited windows" of time.

Paul Sreenan, counsel for the three companies, said he was not sure if that trial date could be achieved.

Mr Sreenan said his clients would do their best to discover all the documents sought by Mr McIlroy's side by June 12, but could not guarantee that deadline would be met.

Ms Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan said the matter would be listed on June 16 for further directions, when it would then be decided if a trial date could be fixed.

Mr McIlroy's case is against Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management Ltd; Gurteen Limited, with a registered address in Malta; and Dublin-based Canovan Management Services.

The defendants deny the claims, and have counter-claimed for US $3m.

Irish Independent

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