Insights: March 2014

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Acquisition of Four Pillars Hotels by Starwood Capital Group

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Fladgate LLP has advised the management of UK hotel owner and operator Four Pillars Hotels in connection with the acquisition of the Four Pillars portfolio by a fund affiliated with Starwood Capital Group, a leading global private investment firm. The transaction includes a portfolio of six hotels in Oxfordshire and the surrounding areas, comprising Cotswold […]


Party walls

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You wait years for some case law on the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 and then several come along at once. Most disputes relating to works to party walls are resolved between the party wall surveyors themselves or occasionally with the assistance of a third surveyor. All of these decisions remain confidential. Where the dispute […]


Settling unopposed lease renewals: tricks and traps

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Calderbank offers give more flexibility than Part 36 offers which may be useful in an unopposed lease renewal context, particularly where the parties have referred any outstanding issues to PACT. Parties to unopposed lease renewal proceedings who wish to make offers to settle need to be aware that separate settlement offers may need to be […]


‘How should we respond to a flexible working request?'

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A female member of staff has submitted a request for flexible working to spend more time with her five-year-old son. As a young but fast-growing business it is the first one we have ever had and, to be honest, I am not quite sure how to approach it. What are we expected to do? What […]