Insights: October 2011

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Fladgate advises on £50.5m real estate transaction

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Fladgate LLP has advised on the sale of the shares in a company affiliated with HDG Mansur. The sole asset of the company is the Freehold of 169 Union Street, SE1, which is the headquarters of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority. The transaction valued the property at £50.5 million. Fladgate real estate partner […]


Res Nullius?

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When and where I studied law, the Roman Law course was compulsory. In retrospect, all I got from it was a collection of Latin legal terms. The use of legal Latin became politically incorrect in the 1990s, culminating in the Civil Procedure Rules, which even changed “writ” to “claim form“. Perhaps a new generation of […]


Trusts & probate newsletter - October 2011

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Updates for professionals in the on and off-shore trust industry.       


Eight Fladgate partners to feature in Chambers Global 2012 as "Leaders in their Field"

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Fladgate is delighted that the following partners will feature as “Leaders in their Field” in the 2012 edition of Chambers Global – The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Individuals are ranked after extensive research by the Chambers team with opinions sought from clients, peers, referees and competitors. Grant Gordon Corporate/M&A (South Africa) Corporate/M&A (United Kingdom) […]


Props in the Galaxy

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In 1976 a struggling art school graduate called Andrew Ainsworth was asked to give a visual dimension to the drawings and paintings of an artist, Ralph McQuarrie, which had been drawn to give effect to George Lucas’s Imperial Stormtroopers, one of the most memorable images of the Star Wars films. Ainsworth produced several prototype vacuum […]


Fladgate achieves success with across the board Legal 500 directory rankings

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Fladgate LLP is delighted to have achieved across the board rankings in the recently launched 2011 edition of the Legal 500 Guide to the UK Legal Profession. The firm was ranked in 21 practice areas with 20 partners recommended in the editorial. Commercial contracts – Recommended Fladgate LLP advises on a broad spread of commercial […]


Fladgate advises on £20m takeover of Blanc Brasserie

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Fladgate LLP has advised Abriand Limited (Abriand), a company established by management to acquire, by way of a takeover offer, the entire issued share capital of Brasserie Bar Co Limited, which owns the Blanc Brasserie premium casual dining business and The White Pub Company gastropub business. In turn, Abriand was funded through a £20m debt […]


Agreement between Switzerland and the UK on co-operation in the area of taxation

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The text of an agreement between the Swiss Confederation and the UK on co-operation in the area of taxation has just been published, in the two official languages of English and French. The agreement has not yet come into force – it will be debated in Parliament in both countries.The objective of the agreement is […]


Introduction of .xxx websites - protecting your brand

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This year sees the introduction of “adult” website domain names, with a “.xxx” suffix (or TLD) (as opposed to the usual .com, .co.uk etc.). This new TLD is designed for the adult industry, but trademark owners that are not in the adult industry can apply to block the registration of .xxx domain names that correspond […]


Fladgate partner Sunil Sheth appointed Chairman of Sense International

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Fladgate LLP is delighted to announce that partner Sunil Sheth has been appointed Chairman of Sense International. Sense International is the leading global charity that transforms the lives of deafblind people in less developed countries. It works with local organisations to provide services and raise awareness of the needs of deafblind people so they can […]


Fladgate's hotel team shortlisted for IHIF legal adviser of the year

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Fladgate’s hotel team is delighted to have been shortlisted for legal adviser of the year by the The IHIF Awards. These new awards celebrate the achievers in the hotel investment community in Europe and will be presented at a Sponsors’ Dinner held in London on 1st November 2011. During the past year, the Fladgate hotels […]


Levelling the playing field

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The European Court of Justice (ECJ) today gave its judgment in cases brought by the FA Premier League (FAPL) and its licensing partners against the sellers and users of satellite TV decoder cards shipped from Greece to the UK and used in British pubs to screen live Premier League games. The ECJ, in a sweeping […]