Insights: October 2014

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Fladgate advises Weltec on contract for Devon CHP plant

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Fladgate LLP has advised Weltec Biopower GmbH on the completion of the contract for the construction of a 500kW anaerobic digester and CHP plant at Buddleford Estate in Devon. Weltec is a pioneering manufacturer of biogas plants and a leading constructor of biogas plants around the world. Fladgate construction partner Alan Erwin advised Weltec.


Sovereign immunity

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The English court has had to consider another sovereign immunity dispute involving the Saudi royal family. In Janan George Harb v HRH Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz [2014] EWHC 1807 (Ch), the prince applied for a declaration that the court had no jurisdiction on the grounds that it was barred by the […]


Fladgate advises Metro Holdings & Top Spring International on acquisition

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PCB Lawyers LLP and Fladgate LLP have advised Metro Holdings Limited (listed on the Mainboard of the SGX-ST, Singapore) and Top Spring International (listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong) on the acquisition from the Scarborough Group of 50% of the share capital of Scarborough Real Estate Limited, the holding […]


DIY justice: are private prosecutions the future?

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Such cases have increased as state prosecuting agencies and police are increasingly cash-strapped and under-resourced. Once again the right to bring private prosecutions in criminal courts has featured in headlines, the latest case involving a student at Southampton University who filmed a man swearing at him using a camera hidden in his sunglasses. Using this […]


Bare Trusts: are they the 'next big thing'?

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The third consultation on Inheritance Tax (IHT) charges for trusts assumes that every individual will have only one settlement nil rate band (SNRB) to put against the periodic charges to IHT of all trusts created in lifetime, or on death, by that individual. (For more on the new SNRB, see my blog post of 19 […]


Rise of 'DIY justice' as funding cuts hit CPS

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Private prosecutions are again in the headlines. Recently a 20 year old university student went to extreme lengths by purchasing specially adapted sunglasses to record the actions of his harasser. Using the evidence gleaned, he then brought a private prosecution which resulted in the defendant pleading guilty and spending a day in jail. The right […]


Fladgate advises on Highgate Hotels London acquisition

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Fladgate LLP advised the US based and privately owned hotel group Highgate Hotels Inc. on the exchange of an agreement to acquire a site in London for the development of a new 190+ room hotel. The agreement is conditional upon planning which is expected within the next six to nine months. Real estate partners Richard […]


Immigration Act - Landlord's Obligations

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There have been concerns for some time that rogue residential landlords are letting their properties to illegal immigrants, who then evade deportation. These properties are often unsafe with no sanitation. With that in mind, new statutory provisions have been implemented that will fine landlords up to £3,000 if they do not check their tenants’ immigration […]


International Litigation in London - October 2014

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Developments relating to litigation and arbitration in London.


Fladgate acts for Audioboom on £8m placing

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Fladgate LLP has acted for AIM listed Audioboom Group PLC, the digital social media audio platform, on an £8 million placing with institutional and other investors. The £8 million was raised through the issue of 64 million new ordinary shares at 12.5p per share. The funds will support a number of initiatives including: the global […]


Distressed business investment in the new environment - Part 3

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Distressed businesses – devising a deal strategy.


SFO faces fresh attempt at NCA merger

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After failing in her attempts to overhaul the Serious Fraud Office three years ago in the face of staunch opposition from the former attorney general, Dominic Grieve QC, and Justice Minister, Kenneth Clarke, Theresa May is now considering reviving her plans to dismantle the much maligned organisation. The SFO has received its fair share of […]