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Philip Edmondson

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Dispute Resolution


Philip is the Head of Commercial Litigation services at McCormicks.

Philip has received personal recommendations in the independent Legal 500 Guide for both Sports Law and Dispute Resolution and the Chambers UK Guide for Litigation.

Philip has significant experience with matters involving: breach of contract, sports disputes (arbitrations, tribunals and regulatory matters), insolvency (individual and corporate), partnership disputes, professional negligence (claimant and defendant), landlord and tenant, dilapidations claims, HM Land Registry and matters with multi jurisdictional elements.

Philip’s approach will always be tailored to client priorities. It is always proportionate to the matter in hand and involves a cost benefit analysis at the earliest possible stage.

Philip advocates all appropriate forms of alternative dispute resolution to seek to resolve disputes as quickly and cost effectively as possible.

Philip acts for a broad range of clients, including: insurers, national and international corporates, entrepreneurs, large family estates, insolvency practitioners (and those facing claims by them), charities, the Premier League and Leeds United FC.


Qualified as a solicitor - 15 September 2010.

Yorkshire and the Humber: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

Peter McCormick  leads the team at McCormicks, which counts the Premier League as a key client; recent highlights include representing it in an arbitration against Leyton Orient relating to its decision to allow West Ham United to use the Olympic Stadium and claims that the decision was in breach of competition law, defending it in a EC complaint brought by Doyen Sports alleging that the Premier League rules infringe competition law by preventing third party ownership of players, and representing it in a complaint brought to the EC by FIFPro alleging that certain elements of the way the international transfer market operates are anti-competitive and breach European law. The team also acted for GMI Construction Holdings and GMI Construction Group in proceedings alleging bid rigging and defended Analytix in an abuse of dominance complaint. Leeds United FC, Cleveland Process Designs, Harrogate International Festivals and Plantagenet Media are also clients. Philip Edmondson is a key name to note.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Within: Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

McCormicks’ ‘excellent’ practice has ‘exceptional customer service’ under the leadership of senior partner Peter McCormick, whose ‘excellent ability and knowledge of the sport sector really sets him apart’. The group is also active in the insolvency space and handles landlord and tenant disputes, fraud, partnership litigation and shareholder disputes. Clients also praise Philip Edmondson, who ‘is a genuine professional’. Recent work includes acting for the Premier League in a challenge to its ban of third party ownership of footballers’ economic rights; Rudding Park, Leeds United FC, GMI Construction Group and Oracle Finance are also clients.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

The 'excellent' agriculture and rural affairs team at McCormicks is led by senior partner Peter McCormick, who has significant charity law experience. McCormick continues to be instructed by the Royal Horticultural Society, and recently acted in relation to a promotion agreement with Gladman Developments Limited for a residential housing development. The team also represent Sir Thomas Ingilby and Lady Emma Ingilby, the owners of the historic Ripley Castle Estate in a range of matters.  Heather Roberts is recommended for commercial property matters; Philip Edmondson for handling disputes; and Jon Healey for corporate and commercial matters, particularly in relation to shooting estates. Head of the private client team Elaine Lightfoot is another name to note.

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Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

McCormicks' contentious tax, trusts and estates team regularly represents both families and professionals in complex disputes. Peter McCormick heads up the practice and has significant expertise acting for executors, trustees and potential beneficiaries of very significant estates and trusts. Other key names to note in this area include litigation department head Philip Edmondson and Elaine Lightfoot, who leads the private client group.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

Philip Edmondson  and Heather Roberts  jointly lead the practice at McCormicks, which handles landlord and tenant work, property management issues, shooting lease mandates and dilapidation claims. Recent highlights include acting for the John Strutt Centre for Parrot Conservation in two boundary disputes; representing Leeds United FC in disputes relating to Elland Road Stadium and the training ground at Thorp Arch, and handling a lease renewal dispute for a retail property. The Premier League is also a key client for the firm; name partner Peter McCormick leads the relationship.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Next generation lawyers

Philip Edmondson - McCormicks

Within: Sport

McCormicks ‘sits at the top of the list for a reason’ thanks to the ‘unparalleled experience’ of Peter McCormick ; ‘the god of sports law’ according to clients, McCormick is ‘totally unflappable and commercially astute’ with ‘a wealth of knowledge and experience in the football world that simply can’t be matched’. The Premier League is a key client for the team; recent work includes advising it on the approvals process in applying the Owners’ and Directors’ Test when a club takeover or acquisition occurs, defending it in litigation against Doyen Sports relating to allegations that the league’s banning of the third party ownership of players is anti-competitive, and assisting it with West Ham United’s move to the London Stadium. The department also assisted Leeds United FC with contractual arrangements with its manager and coaching team, acted for the Premier League Charitable Fund on multiple sponsorship contracts, and handled governance issues, sponsorship work and commercial transactions for the Isthmian Football League. The firm also acts for The Ryman League, McLaren Formula One, Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Leeds Rhinos RLFC and a number of shoot proprietors. other key figures include Philip Edmondson, who is the key name for litigation, and corporate specialist Jon Healey, who joined from Walker Morris LLP in 2018.

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