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Fladgate partners to feature as "leaders in their field" in Chambers UK


Fladgate is delighted that the following partners will feature as “Leaders in their Field” in the 2012 edition of Chambers UK – a Client’s Guide to the UK Legal Profession, due to be published in October 2011. Individuals are ranked after extensive research by the Chambers team with opinions sought from clients, peers, referees and […]

Fladgate successfully defends Force India Formula One racing team

Alexander Wildschütz, Mark Buckley |

Fladgate LLP has successfully represented the Force India Formula One racing team (Force India) in a High Court case against Futurecom Events & Marketing GmbH (Futurecom), a German based supplier of catering and logistics. Futurecom alleged that Force India had acknowledged an indebtedness in an amount exceeding Euro 800,000 in an agreement written in German. […]

A matter of corporate life and death

Gillian Birkby |

Breaking health and safety law is no longer just a possible matter of life and death for individuals – it can be fatal for companies too. The courts have sent a clear signal that they are prepared to put companies out of business if they are convicted of causing death by breaching health and safety […]

Fladgate advises Esporta on sale of £179m property portfolio

James Fry, Matthew Williams, Mark Saunders |

Fladgate LLP has advised New Esporta Holdings (Esporta) on the property aspects of the sale of a portfolio of freehold and leasehold racquet clubs for £179 million. The 17 clubs are being acquired by British Land and will be let on 25 year leases to Virgin Active pending its acquisition of Esporta’s operational business. Fladgate […]

Get the hang of it

Roy Perrott |

Flying freeholds are a quirk of English land law, arising where one freehold property overhangs or projects under another. They can jeopardise development, prevent repairs and make a property difficult to fund. The existence of a flying freehold often emerges late in the day, when insurance is the only realistic, but unsatisfactory, solution. The oddest […]

Construction newsletter - July 2011


Legal updates for those involved in the construction sector.  

Bordering on a fine


There are few issues in the United Kingdom that create more political debate and press comment than immigration. Over recent years, immigration legislation has been heavily amended and, most recently, caps have been placed on the total number of non-EU workers that can be employed in any year. One of the inevitable consequences of the […]

Fladgate advises BidTimes on acquisition and re-admission to AIM

Alan Wetterhahn, Grant Gordon, David Robinson |

Fladgate LLP advised AIM listed company BidTimes plc on its acquisition of PowerHouse Energy Inc. and its subsequent re-admission to AIM (as PowerHouse Energy Group plc). PowerHouse is a California based specialist in clean power generation systems with a licence to exploit an ultra high temperature gasification technology. The market capitalisation of the group on […]

Corporate partner Amy Collins joins Fladgate

Amy Collins, Charles Wander |

Fladgate LLP is delighted to announce the appointment of partner Amy Collins, who joined the firm on 4 July 2011 from Olswang LLP. Amy specialises in corporate work for public and private companies, advising on joint ventures, reorganisations and mergers and acquisitions. She has wide-ranging experience of acting for companies and sponsors, nominated advisers and […]

Whiff of victory

Gillian Birkby |

When is a nuisance really just part of the normal give and take of modern life? Can an action in nuisance even be brought when a situation is also covered by the terms of an environmental permit? This was the difficult question addressed in the recent case of Derrick Barr vs Biffa Waste. It was […]

Fladgate advises Stockmeier Urethanes on first UK acquisition

Alex Kaufmann, Mark Harnett |

Fladgate LLP has advised German company Stockmeier Urethanes GmbH & Co. KG on its purchase of Greenfield Polymers Limited, the West Yorkshire based producer of polyurethane, epoxy and silicone thermoset resin systems. The purchaser, who is part of the international Stockmeier Group, acquired the entire share capital of Greenfield Polymers for an undisclosed sum. The […]