Insights: April 2008

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Fladgate acts for Tritax Securities on raising £175m

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Fladgate LLP has acted for Tritax Securities 1 Limited on the raising of £175m for the Tritax Quorum EZ Unit Trust, and the Trust’s purchase of a site of 18 acres at Quorum Business Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. This site is one of the last Enterprise Zone developments in the United Kingdom. The Trust’s investment and ongoing […]


Empty property rates: April is the cruellest month

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From 1 April 2008 unoccupied commercial property in England and Wales will become liable for full business rates following expiration of a concessionary period – six months for factories and warehouses, three months for everything else. If the premises have been vacant for the concessionary period prior to 1 April, full rates will become payable […]


Comparative advertising: has the bubble burst? O2 v 3G

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Eddie Powell is a partner in Fladgate LLP’s IP, Technology and Commercial team, and specialises in IP issues. Comparative advertising has always been a hot topic. Some take the view that no one should be allowed to use another person’s brand to sell their own product. Others take a view that comparative advertising is simply […]


Companies Act 2006

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The new Companies Act is being brought into force in dribs and drabs. This article summarises the implications of some of the April 2008 provisions. Documents As before, simple contracts can be signed on behalf of a company by any director. Those running smaller companies will be pleased to hear that “deeds” no longer need […]