BBC Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has instructed Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan to represent him in any potential commercial dispute against the BBC for breach of contract.
Olswang senior partner Mark Devereux is representing Clarkson during the BBC’s ongoing official disciplinary investigation, which was launched after the presenter allegedly punched Top Gear producer Tymon after filming on location in Newcastle two weeks ago (16 March 2015).
Clarkson turned to Quinn Emanuel to examine the case for a commercial claim of breach of contract. Director-general Tony Hall confirmed today that the BBC would not be renewing Clarkson’s contract when it runs out, reportedly at the end of this month.
It is understood that the presenter may have opted to change adviser because of a potential conflict of interest at Olswang. In recent years the firm has represented the BBC on several commercial deals including BBC Worldwide’s long-term creative partnership with AMC Networks in 2014, a sale and licencing deal for BBC Magazines in 2011 and the sale of travel publisher Lonely Planet in 2013.
Olswang is also a provider for the private practice element for the BBC’s training contract.
Quinn Emanuel declined to comment.
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