Jonathan Hyman, Associate
Jonathan is an Associate specialising in commercial disputes.
Jonathan is a commercial litigator who works on a range of commercial and regulatory matters, specialising in the sport, retail and media sectors. His clients include individuals, athletes, major sports governing bodies and multi-national companies. Jonathan’s work is often international in nature, having recently worked with clients and other parties located in Spain, France, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Russia, Hong Kong and the Middle East. Jonathan speaks fluent Spanish and has been on secondment at the European headquarters of a global sportswear brand.
He has particular experience managing regulatory cases for individuals and governing bodies, and advising on contract disputes in sport.
Much of Jonathan’s recent advice to clients in the sport and retail sectors has arisen from the Covid-19 pandemic, including: advising a major footwear manufacturer in relation to attempted cancellations of orders by high-street brands during the pandemic, and advising sports bodies in relation to broadcasting and event hosting contracts.
- Acting for a high-profile boxing manager in a number of regulatory and contract disputes with boxers in front of the British Boxing Board of Control and its Appeal Panel, all of which were won by the manager.
- Preparing regulatory cases on behalf of a sports governing body in relation to breaches of their Rules in matters such as anti-doping and betting violations.
- Advising a major sports governing body in relation to the hosting contract for its flagship event in the UK, in a dispute with the host venue seeking to terminate the contract as a result of the UK ban on mass gatherings during the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Advising a global sportswear brand regarding the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on its athlete contracts, and advising a client in relation to defending a claim by one of its athletes.
- Advising a sports governing body and a major international sports team in relation to their athletes’ compliance with the UK Government’s coronavirus regulations (including lobbying the DCMS), particularly in assessing the definition of “elite” sportspeople.
- Conducting investigations on behalf of a high-profile sports league in relation to possible breaches of their youth transfer regulations.
The different rules of sport post-restart
We cannot expect the world after Coronavirus to look like it did before, and the same applies to the sports that we know and love.
Smashing the (transfer) window: Spanish FA Regulations bail out Barca and leave Leganés in the lurch
The VAR "post-incident period" - when football happens, but hasn't happened...
Friday Night’s Alright For Football (But Monday Isn’t…)
The Friday evening kick-off and was only confirmed a week before by an ‘interim’ ruling of a judge in a Madrid commercial court.
Cryptocurrency and football: a “token” gesture, or worth the investment?
Jonathan Hyman and Nic Couchman explore how football is embracing blockchain technology and partnerships with cryptocurrencies.
Nic Couchman and Jonathan Hyman write for SportsPro on the opportunities cryptocurrency offers for football fan engagement
Christina Fleming and Jonathan Hyman write for Essential Retail on the opportunities and challenges of blockchain for retailers
New guidelines arising from CMA review of online endorsement
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) launched an investigation into Social Media Advertising.
The Saturday 3pm football blackout: does it have a future?
Jonathan Hyman explores if the Saturday 3pm football blackout has a future.
No Significant Fault – an assessment of Anti-Doping Case Law
An analysis of the approach taken by the Panel in applying the provisions of the World Anti-Doping Code in relation to "Fault".