Frank Warren Releases Statement on Ricky Burns & Paul Smith Litigation

As a consequence of a high court judgement in the Frank Warren v Ricky Burns litigation, Frank Warren’s solicitors lodged a claim with Burns’ Trustee in Bankruptcy in the sum of £447,000 plus interest.
 
Lawyers acting for the Trustee in the bankruptcy of the estate of Mr. Burns have now confirmed that they have withdrawn the appeal lodged by Mr. Burns against the Judgment and Mr Warren is now pursuing the recovery of sums due to him .
 
In the Judgment, the court found in Mr. Warren’s favour that he was owed management commission arising out of Mr. Burns’ contests and was criticised for the manner in which he sought to walk away from his promotional agreement with Frank Warren Promotions.
 
In a separate ruling, Paul Smith has today been ordered to pay 100% (£48,000) of Mr. Warren’s costs for including him as a party in a misguided court application. Smith had sought to remove the British Boxing Board Of Control’s jurisdiction over a contractual dispute between himself and Mr. Warren. The dispute is now proceeding under the Board’s rules and regulations.
 

Frank Warren Wins Claim vs Ricky Burns

The Court today confirmed that boxing promoter Frank Warren won his claim against boxer Ricky Burns. The Judge found that there was no basis for Burns to walk away from his promotional and management agreements. 
 
Promoter Eddie Hearn advised Burns that Warren had no claim at all, saying last March, “we’ve been provided with a letter from Burns as confirmation that he has terminated his agreement… We have advice from our lawyers and I’m very comfortable. There is no contract now.” 
 
However this advice, now proven to be inaccurate, given to him by Hearn and his co-manager Alex Morrison, who did not give evidence nor attend the trial on any day, has proved costly to Burns who must now pay £200,000 of his own legal fees and a further £170,000 by the end of January to pay Warren’s damages and costs, with other substantial sums to follow. 
 
Morrison also lost an action to Warren recently in relation to a libel connected to this case and he too was ordered to pay £110,000 plus further substantial costs.
 
Coincidently Hearn’s solicitors Mischon De Reya also represented Ricky Burns. 
 
Frank Warren said today, “I’m glad that the Court upheld my management and promotional agreements. I’m sorry that it came to this, as under my guidance Ricky became a double world champion, but his reliance on the advice of others has unfortunately cost him dearly.”

Frank Warren Awarded £50,000 from Alex Morrison Case

Promoter Frank Warren today won libel damages of £50,000 and substantial costs from Alex Morrison.
 
Mr. Warren sued Alex Morrison after he made false allegations about the reasons for the postponement of Ricky Burns’s fight against Miguel Vazquez.  In deciding damages today the Court found that the allegations were a “serious attack” on the reputation of Frank Warren.  
 
In addition, because of the conduct of Alex Morrison throughout the litigation, Frank Warren was also awarded an additional £5,000, interest on his damages and his legal costs.
 
Mr Warren said today: “I am pleased that the Court awarded me such a high sum in damages and recognised the seriousness of the allegations.  I tried to settle this at the beginning seeking only an apology, but Alex Morrison said that he would only deal with this through lawyers and I therefore had no option but to use the Court process to prove my case and the truth.”