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TLT successful in appeal in Scottish foreign satellite football case

TLT has successfully acted on behalf of Lisini Pub Management, to resist an appeal brought against them by the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) regarding Satellite TV and EU Legislation. The appeal has been dismissed.

John Paul Sheridan a director at TLT Scotland Ltd who specialises in litigation says, "We are delighted to have had the appeal against our client overturned. This is good news for our client and great news for the industry as this is the first confirmation that the Scottish courts have given on the European law."

Nick Fenner, an intellectual property partner at TLT adds, "This decision could impact English pubs. It is based on the EU law principle that UK viewers should be able to access live sports broadcasts from other EU member states. English courts are likely to be similarly reluctant to enforce agreements obtained from pubs which are designed to restrict that access."

The SPFL appealed after earlier this year, a judge overturned an injunction by the organisation to prevent Lisini Pub Management from screening foreign satellite broadcasts of live football matches at their three public houses in the West of Scotland owned by ex-Celtic player Harry Hood. TLT successfully advised Lisini Pub Management through this process. Lisini Pub Management are now pursuing a £1.7million damages counterclaim against the SPFL.

TLT's leisure industry specialists help some of the sector's leading pub companies, clubs, restaurants, hotel chains and visitor attractions to stay ahead in this highly competitive industry. TLT acts in relation to several hundred premises in Scotland for clients including Punch Taverns Plc, Spirit Pub Company Plc, Greene King Pub Partners and Belhaven Pubs (both part of Greene King Plc). TLT's Intellectual Property team provides a full service from audits and clearance searching, research and development arrangements to strategic multi-jurisdictional advice on intellectual property rights and effective protection.

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