Rory McIlroy and former agent Horizon still working on settlement

Request in High Court that case involving golfer and company be put back for a week

Work on drawing up the settlement in golfer Rory McIlroy’s legal dispute with his former agent Horizon Sports Management Ltd  is continuing, the High Court heard on Tuesday. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Work on drawing up the settlement in golfer Rory McIlroy’s legal dispute with his former agent Horizon Sports Management Ltd is continuing, the High Court heard on Tuesday. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

 

Work on drawing up the settlement in golfer Rory McIlroy’s legal dispute with his former agent is continuing, the High Court heard on Tuesday.

Rossa Fanning BL, for McIlroy, told Mr Justice Brian Cregan the parties were continuing to work towards approving a settlement following an agreement announced to the court earlier this month.

The matter could be put back for another week, counsel said. Mr Fanning said this had been agreed with the other side and “I don’t think there is any benefit in giving any details at this time”.

Mr Justice Cregan adjourned the matter to March 3rd for mention.

The Northern Ireland golfer had sued his former agent, Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management Ltd, and two associated special purpose companies, Gurteen Ltd, with a registered address in Malta, and Dublin-based Canovan Management Services.

McIlroy claimed he entered into improvident representation agreements in December 2011 and March 2013 with the agent. The defendants denied his allegations and counter-claimed.

Mr McIlroy was not in court on Tuesday. He attended the first day of the scheduled eight-week hearing which never got underway after talks began earlier this month.

After an agreement was reached, a statement from McIlroy and Horizon said thematter had been “settled to the satisfaction of both parties who wish each other well for the future”.

The case had been fast-tracked to the High Court’s big business division, the Commercial Court, in October 2013. Mediation talks took place but were not successful.