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Gerard Cukier

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Kingsley Napley LLP

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Dispute resolution.


Gerard is a partner in the dispute resolution practice. He specialises in disputes in the media, sport and entertainment fields. His clients include world renowned entertainers, national media organisations, sports media groups and individuals and entities in the sports and entertainment world. He also handles international commercial disputes, arbitrations, intellectual property disputes and civil fraud matters.


Partner Kingsley Napley 2008.


British Association of Sport and Law; International Sports Lawyers Association; The Law Society.

London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

Kingsley Napley LLP regularly acts on behalf of both individuals and corporate entities making claims against banks, financial advisers and other investment bodies for negligence and breach of contract, with particular experience in investor and mis-selling claims, fraud-related disputes and misrepresentations. Richard Foss leads the disputes practice and is experienced in both obtaining and defending injunctive proceedings, including freezing and search orders. Gerard Cukier, Sue Thackeray, William Christopher and Ryan Mowat are all highly rated.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Kingsley Napley LLP's 'user-friendly, capable practice' is best known for acting for entrepreneurs and successful individuals in business, but increasingly the team acts for corporate clients in major litigation. The team defended Glasgow's Rangers Football Club in long-running litigation with Sports Direct and its owner Mike Ashley (and other Sports Direct companies); the dispute involved allegations of breaches of confidential information. Richard Foss  is department head; Ryan Mowat is 'one of the best all-round litigators currently in practice'; William Christopher is 'sensible, clever and responsive'; and Gerard Cukier 'instils great confidence'. Fiona Simpson and Sue Thackeray are also highly rated. Mary Young is a key senior associate and associate Kate Salter  is 'a star of the future'.

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management

Within: Reputation management

Kingsley Napley LLP¬†'s media and reputation unit acts for high-profile individuals and corporations with a particularly strong sports, entertainment and political focus. Other areas of expertise include pre-publication and post-publication advice and injunctions. Team Head Charlotte Harris¬†and Gerard Cukier¬†are praised for their ‚Äėbrilliant client care‚Äô; they acted for Rt Hon Damian Green MP in relation to public allegations made by a journalist and former police officer. Helen Morris¬†is also recommended.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Sport

Covering 'a broad range of sports work', including commercial disputes, transactional work, reputation management and regulatory matters, the team at¬†Kingsley Napley LLP¬†has 'a very deep understanding of the sector'. 'No-nonsense' group head¬†Sue Thackeray¬†has 'an unrivalled knowledge of motorsports', and 'marries a broad legal knowledge with a disarming manner¬†‚Äď the other side doesn't know it's been hit 'til it's on the floor'.¬†Ryan Mowat¬†'loves nothing better than turning a difficult case into a winner'; he acted for Rangers FC in a long-running commercial dispute with Sports Direct, which was settled in June 2017.¬†'Elder statesman'¬†Gerard Cukier¬†and criminal expert¬†David Sleight¬†are also active in sports litigation.

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