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Jonathan Hyman, Associate

Jonathan is an Associate specialising in commercial disputes.

About

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.

Experience

  • 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.
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