October the FSPA will welcome members from around the UK for a seminar: Getting to market through selective
distribution – what’s next?
seminar is open FOC to all FSPA member associations including BGIA (British
Golf Industry Association), CMAE (Club Managers Association of Europe), BAGCC
(British Association of Golf Course Constructors) and UKGCOA (UK Golf Course
Managing Director Jane Montgomery explains: “This area of law is currently
subject to extensive focus from Brussels and by national competition
authorities in the UK and elsewhere.
With numerous investigations ongoing and more promised, the event will
be a practical and interactive guide to this critical area for sporting goods
will have the opportunity to hear from leading sports lawyers Richard
Millington and Simon Barnes. Partners at
national law firm Shoosmiths, they have extensive knowledge of international
trade law and the sports world.
has previously worked on the Legal Committee for the World Federation for the
Sporting Goods Industry and has held senior legal roles with Nike, Umbro and
Iconix Brand Group. Simon leads Shoosmiths’ competition law practice, advising
on competition law compliance, investigations and litigation.
the recent publication by the European Union of its sector enquiry into
e-commerce, and in light of recent enforcement activity by the EU and national
competition authorities, it’s vital that our members get up-to-speed on how
these developments could affect their sports or play business.”
organiser and BGIA Association Manager, Ciara Morgan, adds: “Following a
networking lunch, we’ll take a practical look at the current laws on
controlling product distribution, recent cases that illustrate what has and
hasn’t been permitted, what the European Commission’s report found and the
changes we may see in the future.
important event marks the beginning of the extensive support we are offering to
our members to ensure they navigate the changes brought about by Brexit
To book a place members should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 02476 414999 x207.
Oxfordshire Golf, Hotel and Spa, Ryecote
Lane, Milton Common OX9 2PU
The Speakers – Richard
is a partner in Shoosmiths’ Technology, Media and Commercial team and leads the
firm’s Sports team.
to joining Shoosmiths Richard worked for 12 years as an in-house lawyer for US
listed businesses operating in sportswear, entertainment, retail, technology
and marketing. He was also a member of the legal committee of the World
Federation for the Sporting Goods Industry. His experience includes negotiating
cross border joint ventures, developing and executing litigation strategies in
multiple jurisdictions, going through corporate acquisitions and disposals,
working on outsourcing of support functions, international sales contracts and
IT procurement, as well as being in the middle of some of the sporting world’s
Legal Manager for the Nike Football Business Units, General Counsel for Umbro
and then VP International Counsel for Iconix Brand Group Inc he managed legal
teams and budgets on a global level and worked with lawyers from the top US
firms through to small boutiques. His experience of working at the front line
in competitive global markets enables him to provide both in-house teams and
businesses expert, results-orientated and responsive legal advice.
The Speakers – Simon
Simon leads Shoosmiths’ EU and competition law
practice. He has extensive experience advising on competition law compliance,
merger control, competition investigations and litigation. Simon regularly
works with businesses to develop and implement effective compliance training
programmes for their staff. He also advises on the competition law
considerations arising from clients' day-to-day commercial arrangements. His
clients include numerous high-profile consumer brand owners, including Asahi
Breweries (formerly SABMiller), Coca-Cola European Partners, ghd, Citizen
Watches, BSH Home Appliances and Peugeot Citroen.
Simon represents clients in investigations before the Competition and
Markets Authority and the European Commission. He has also advised in
relation to cases before the Competition Appeal Tribunal
and the General Court of the European Union in Luxembourg, as well as
on competition investigations in a number of other jurisdictions, in Europe and