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Bob Mitchell

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Harbottle & Lewis LLP

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Sports group


Partner and head of sports group.


Trained Keene Marsland; qualified 1992; assistant Keene Marsland 1992-93; partner 1993-97; senior associate Harbottle & Lewis 1997-2000; partner 2000 to date.


Law Society; British Association for Sport and Law.


Hipperholme Grammar School, Halifax; Brunel University; College of Law, Chester.


Playing golf, cricket and tennis and watching all sports.

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Within: Brand management

Harbottle & Lewis LLP  is a ‘reputable company with skilled practitioners’ and has a strong offering in portfolio management, sponsorship, advertising and influencer marketing. Andy Millmore  and the recently promoted partner Michael Lister  jointly head the advertising team, taking on complex and high- value sponsorship and advertising matters . Other figures to note are Shireen Peermohamed whose expertise covers strategic advice on the protection and commercial exploitation of brands, Jeremy Morton  in IP litigation and brand enforcement, and Bob Mitchell  on sport-focused sponsorship work; he recently assisted SportPesa on it's shirt sponsorship with Everton Football Club. ‘Diligent’ senior associate Kostyantyn Lobov in brand management and advertising is praised by clients as 'a key asset in the team'. Andy Korman joined The Sports Consultancy and Georgy Evans joined Lewis Silkin LLP. Sacha Wilson  joined in May 2018 from Bristows LLP.

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Within: Sport

Active across a wide range of sports, the team at Harbottle & Lewis LLP is especially strong in high-profile commercial agreements and event-staging; it counts sportspeople, clubs and governing bodies among its client roster. Group head Bob Mitchell assisted Cricket West Indies with reviewing its governance and contractual relationships, and advised the British Amateur Gymnastics Association on revising its 'Performance Athlete Agreement' for its World Class Programme. He also acted for The Queen's Club on its agreement with the Lawn Tennis Association to stage the Aegon Championships. Michael Lister advised Watford FC on its largest shirt sponsorship deal to date, and assisted Emirates with renewing its sponsorship deals with Arsenal FC and Real Madrid CF. He also acted for Volkswagen on its four-year sponsorship agreement with the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). England Hockey, Hennessy Sports Worldwide and the Invictus Games Foundation are additional clients.

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  • Account of profits v damages: when and why does it matter?

    Since 2007, Experience Hendrix LLC(Hendrix) and Times Newspapers Ltd (Times) have been litigating over the intellectual property rights (IPR) in a recording of a Jimi Hendrix concert that took place at the Royal Albert Hall in February 1969. In September 2006 Times distributed a free CD, or covermount, with each edition of The Sunday Times . A claim was issued against Times in March 2007 for infringement of copyright and performers’ rights under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. In March 2008 the High Court held that Times had infringed the IPR in the recording and Hendrix elected to have an inquiry as to damages in respect of that infringement. The case has given rise to some complex issues as to the basis for the quantification of damages, and the inquiry is due to be heard next year, but the case is also a reminder of more general considerations in relation to remedies in IPR cases, and why the basis for quantification of those remedies can have far reaching consequences for a successful claimant.

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