Monday 23 October 2017

Rory McIlroy's High Court case against former management Horizon deferred until tomorrow morning

Clodagh Sheehy

World number one golfer Rory McIlroy's lawyers had his legal battle against his former management adjourned for the third time today.

His case against Horizon Sports Management resumes tomorrow in the Four Courts at 11am.

The case before Mr Justice Brian Cregan opened at 11am this morning but was adjourned within minutes when Senior Counsel for the golfer, Paul Gallagher, asked for time for the parties to reduce the number of issues they had to discuss.

When the sides returned at 2pm it was agreed to adjourn till 4pm as Mr Gallagher said the sides were "making progress".

Rory McIlroy arriving at Four Courts, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Rory McIlroy arriving at Four Courts, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

At 4pm Mr Gallagher asked for an adjournment until 11am tomorrow morning and this was agreed by Mr Justice Cregan.

The golfer is claiming an agreement signed by him in December 2011 with Horizon Sports Management was invalid and unenforceable on a number of grounds including alleged undue influence.

Rory McIlroy arriving at Four Courts, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Rory McIlroy arriving at Four Courts, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

He has brought legal proceedings against Horizon and two associated companies - Gurteen Ltd with an address in Malta and Canovan Management Services in Dublin.

McIlroy claims Horizon has charged commissions “many times greater” than a standard in the sports industry.

One agreement was for him to pay 20pc of his sponsorship deals and 15pc if the contract was renewed in 2017.

Horizon denied the claims and had counterclaimed for money allegedly outstanding under the agreement for off-course income.

They estimated they were owed $9m (€7.9m) in commission and were seeking damages for loss of further revenue.

Rory McIlroy arriving at Four Courts, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Rory McIlroy arriving at Four Courts, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Rory McIlroy arriving at Four Courts, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Rory McIlroy arriving at Four Courts, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Rory McIlroy arriving at Four Courts, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Rory McIlroy arriving at Four Courts, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Rory McIlroy arriving at Four Courts, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

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