Howard Kennedy played host to the last event of the year for the Sport Industry NextGen 2019 Leaders, with a masterclass on brand law and debating skills.
Two engaging talks from Howard Kennedy solicitors Alexandra Johnstone and Hugo Mason began the afternoon, before the Leaders were split into two groups to debate the place of human rights in sport.
Johnstone, a lawyer working across intellectual property, copyright and trademark gave an educational talk on personal and commercial brands - an engaging talk on what can and can’t be trademarked.
Before the split, Mason’s talk touched on the areas of defamation, talking the Leaders through the topics of slander and injunctions through the story of the WAG Wars - Coleen Rooney’s recent Instagram investigation into a leak coming from her account in which she claimed tabloid newspapers were getting information on her private life from…… Rebecca Vardy’s account.
Before the day ended, the Leaders were then split into two groups to come up with their arguments before a spirited debate took place on the place human rights in sport.
One group, including Ben Jessup and Kristen Stephenson from Sport England, were asked to argue that human rights are a legitimate consideration in sport, while another, with Joe Dale of the ECB and Kait Ludwig, newly installed as Customer Lead at Rugby League World Cup 2021, was given the unenviable task of arguing the opposite - all in the name of fostering teamwork and debating skills.