Rory Mcllroy claims that his former management company, Horizon, exploited him by getting him to sign a contract without legal representation in circumstances of "great informality" before a Christmas party. He is claiming £13 million in damages before the Dublin High Court. Under English law ( Boustany v Piggott), McIIroy would need to show that unfair advantage had been taken of him. Normally this occurs where one party is inexperienced, young or an ignorant person. The burden of proof would be on McIIroy to establish the grounds for getting out of the contract. The fact that Mcllroy did not receive independent advice would not by itself be sufficient to prove his case. Is Mclroy on course for a double Eagle or a triple Bogey? Time will tell.
Now McIlroy and Horizon are preparing to face each other across opposite sides of the High Court in Dublin, in what will be the climax of a bitter £13 million contract dispute between the two parties, a dispute which will see the unprecedented spectacle of the one of the world’s most famous sportsmen being cross examined over his financial affairs.