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'No deal' in Rory McIlroy's legal row with firm

NO agreement has been reached in the legal dispute between golfer Rory McIlroy and a sports management company despite mediation talks, the Commercial Court has heard.

This means the case will proceed to a full hearing next February. Mr McIlroy (inset) is suing Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management Ltd and two other companies, Gurteen Ltd, with a registered address in Malta, and Dublin-based Canovan Management Services.

He claims a representation agreement signed by him in December 2011 is invalid and unenforceable on grounds including alleged undue influence. The agreement, he says, was signed when he was just 22, inexperienced and without the benefit of independent legal advice.

The defendants deny the claims and have counter-claimed for $3m allegedly outstanding under the agreement for off-course revenues. They also claim additional monies are owed under the December 2011 agreement and a later agreement of March 2013.

They are also claiming damages for alleged past and continuing breaches of both agreements.

When the matter was back before the judge yesterday, he was told by Rossa Fanning BL, for Mr McIlroy, that mediation has proven unsuccessful and the case was proceeding to trial.The judge adjourned the matter on consent between the parties.