Rupert worked in sports media before being called to the bar and completing a commercial and planning pupillage.
Rupert has a broad commercial and public law practice with a particular expertise in all aspects of sports and media law. He has extensive experience of appearing in courts and tribunals in London and nationwide, including high value complex claims.
Rupert’s clients include regulatory bodies, sports clubs and agencies, sportsmen and women, national insurance companies, local authorities, FTSE listed companies, company directors, auctioneers and professionals.
He accepts instructions across a wide range of Chambers’ work in both an advisory and advocacy capacity.
Year of Call: 2001
Areas of Expertise
Administrative & Public Law & Local Government
Rupert is an experienced public law and commercial barrister who is regularly instructed to advise and represent local authorities and other public bodies. His practice covers:
- Judicial and statutory review.
- Vires and local government powers.
- Constitutional issues, powers and duties.
- Regulatory and disciplinary matters.
- Discrimination and equality duties.
- State aid and public procurement.
- Trademarks and intellectual property.
- Inquests and inquiries.
Rupert is a contributing author to ‘Goudie, Supperstone and Walker: Judicial Review’ and a member of ALBA.
Rupert undertakes advisory and advocacy work in all areas of IP with particular focus on trademarks, copyright, image rights and matters related to sports.
Matters in which Rupert has recently acted include:
- Advising a local authority in respect of copyright issues relating to the illegal downloading of a film by a teacher during a lesson.
- Advising a nursery in respect of threatened proceedings for trademark infringement.
- Advising a removals firm in respect of the unauthorised use of a trade bodies logo and trademark on its website.
In addition Rupert undertakes work in all aspects of media law including advisory, drafting and advocacy work in defamation, privacy and media regulation actions.
Rupert’s practice covers all areas of commercial litigation including sale of goods and supply of services, general contractual disputes, financial litigation, restitutionary claims, insurance fraud and consumer credit.
He has experience of substantial claims involving breach of contract, estoppel and personal guarantees covering both interim applications and trials.
Prior to joining chambers Rupert worked in sports media dealing specifically with broadcasting rights. He has a particular interest and experience of sports related commercial disputes.
Rupert has in addition represented auctioneers and dealers in claims relating to the sale of artwork and antiques.
Intellectual Property & IT
Rupert has wide ranging expertise in copyright and IP matters including matters relating to musical compositions, sports, artwork and photography. He has also advised clients on IT related matters including click wrap and browse wrap agreements.
Examples of recent and current cases include:
- Advising a company in respect of a claim for damages arising out of an alleged breach of copyright relating to the use of a photograph on a dummy website that was accidentally published. The Claimant was a company that enforced intellectual property rights on behalf of various photographers.
- Advising and representing an importer in respect of a claim for substantial damages for alleged breaches of intellectual property rights arising out the its purchase of grey imports of computer products.
- Advising a leading toy manufacturer in respect of a claim arising out of their alleged infringement of trade marks relating to craft products produced by a third party.
- Representing respondent at hearing in the IPO to deregister a trademark for non-use. The respondent had purchased rights to a number of trademarks relating to anti-slug products and was developing a new range of products under those trademarks. The applicant, a rival company, applied to deregister the trademarks alleging that they had never been used and, alternatively, had not been used for the past five years.
- Advising a cinema chain in respect of an intimated claim for licence payments due for soundtracks of films shown in the chain’s cinema. Advice was sought on whether there was a separate copyright protection for the soundtrack that could incur a licence fee beyond the general copyright protections that attached to the films.
- Advising a local authority in respect of action it could take for in respect of misuse of its corporate coat of arms by a commercial company.
- Representing an international courier in a passing off action brought against a competitor.
- Representing a software company that provided security software in respect of its claim for trademark infringement by a competitor.
- Advising a manufacturer of sports cycling equipment in respect of an intimated claim by a major international sportswear company for trademark infringement.
Rupert accepts instructions on behalf of both claimants and defendants in fast track and multi track personal injury claims in all areas of personal injury at fast track and multi track level. He also has extensive experience of CICA hearings; Motor Insurers' Bureau claims; employers' liability; industrial accidents; industrial disease; holiday claims; cases involving fraud and fatal accident claims including Coroner's inquests.
He has a particular interest and wide experience of cases involving sporting injuries and claims involving credit hire issues.
Rupert has experience of dealing with all aspects of fraud in civil litigation. In particular he has undertaken many Defendant cases involving fraudulent claims arising out of Road Traffic Accidents as well as those where surveillance evidence is used.
Melvin Harvey v Sherwood & Sons Limited (2005) LTL 6/4/2006 - Mitigation of loss in respect of credit hire of a motorcycle
British Association for Sport and Law (BASL)
Personal Injuries Bar Association (PIBA)
Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)
- Co-author of the Halsbury Centenary Essay ‘The Field of Play’ (Butterworths, 2007)
- Contributor to the New Oxford Companion to Law (Oxford, 2008) on the subjects of combat and blood sports
- Contributor to Halsbury’s Laws of England volume on Sports (Butterworths, 2012)
- Co-author of Sports Law by Beloff, Kerr and Demetriou (2nd Edition)(Hart Publishing, 2012)
- Co-author of Atkins Court Forms volume on Sports (Lexis Nexis, 2013)
- Contributor to the International Sports Law Review
LLB PgDip(EC Law)
Rupert read History at Christ Church, Oxford, before studying Law at the University of Buckingham. He achieved the top first class law degree in the university; won university prizes for tort, EC law, trusts, criminal law and contract; and obtained the Edgar Palamountain Award for Excellence and Aylesbury Vale DC prize for Public Law. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in EC Law from King's College, London.
Rupert worked in sports media before training for the Bar and undertaking pupillage at No5 Chambers. He is a member of Gray's Inn.