Insights: March 2014

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"All days are nights...till I see thee"

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On 1 April 2014 Japan will formally accede to the Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The Japanese parliament approved the ratification of the Convention on Friday 24 January 2014, having been subject to significant international pressure from the other 90 countries around the world who are already signatories. The Convention sets […]


The arrival of same-sex marriage in England & Wales

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As from 29 March 2014 a new law in England and Wales will recognise same-sex weddings. It allows same-sex couples to marry and for that marriage to have the same effect as it has in relation to opposite-sex couples. Scotland and Northern Ireland will not be included under the terms of this legislation. Scotland passed […]


Do I have to accept an executorship?

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A good friend (or client) of yours has sadly passed away and has named you as an executor of his Will. What do you do now? Must you act? It is always flattering to be trusted with such a responsible role. In some respects, you may feel morally obligated to act. However, it is always […]


Employment newsletter - March 2014

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Updates for HR professionals.


BIM A Year On: Progress Embraced?

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To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often, or so said the nation’s favourite Briton, Sir Winston Churchill. Advances in computer technology have dramatically changed the way we work and live. However, technologies in construction have fallen behind other industries. This may be because, unlike manufacturing, construction operations are rarely performed […]


Quarter Day - March 2014

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Legal updates for all those involved in the real estate sector.


Summary judgments: 'realistic prospects' revisited

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Sophia Purkis sets out the test for a successful application, following the Ticketus ruling Summary judgment applications are an established tool to seek determination of suitable claims relatively quickly. The case of Ticketus LLP and another v Whyteand Ors [2013] EWHC 4069 (Ch) recently provided a helpful synopsis of what must be demonstrated to stand […]


Fladgate advises on £48.5m portfolio sale

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Fladgate LLP has advised a Swiss family trust on the sale of a portfolio of freehold and leasehold properties for £48.6m. The portfolio consisted of 10 commercial properties across England let to tenants including Invensys, Thames Water, The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Homebase and Clydesdale Bank plc. The Fladgate team was […]


IP for Architects

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Whilst not forgetting that today is the “good old days” that we shall all look back to in a few years’ time, in the real good old days protection of the intellectual property in an architect’s designs was relatively simple. The client’s licence to use the designs did not arise until a certain stage of […]


Fladgate advises Cathedral Group on joint venture with Galliard Homes

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Fladgate LLP has advised Cathedral Group on its joint venture with Galliard Homes to deliver the 2.2 acre mixed use project Royal Gateway and Caxton Works in Canning Town, London. The scheme will redevelop and regenerate the former Goswell Bakeries buildings and Moss Electrical warehouse located off Caxton Street North in Canning Town. Designed by […]


"With 33.5% of my worldly goods I thee endow…" (Part II)

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As was widely reported in the press the Law Commission’s report Matrimonial Property Needs and Agreements proposed that pre-nuptial agreements should be enshrined in law. At the moment pre nuptial agreements in England and Wales are not binding on the court, although they can be taken into consideration by the judge. Our cousins north of […]


Trusts and the EU's Fourth Money Laundering Directive

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It is rare for trusts to cause a rumpus. However, the European Commission’s latest draft EU Money Laundering Directive has put trusts in the spotlight and resulted in some alarming press reports. So what’s going on and who will be affected by the changes proposed by the Directive? Article 30 of the draft Directive requires […]