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Pro bono project: Merlin’s Magic Wand

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Fladgate’s construction team provides pro bono advice to Merlin’s Magic Wand, a worldwide children’s charity. The charity arranges days out at attractions of Merlin Entertainments plc, such as LEGOLAND Resorts®, SEA LIFE Centres and Madame Tussauds.  MMW also creates special facilities designed to ensure that children with severe illnesses, physical disabilities or other disadvantages have […]


Fladgate achieves success for Castex Technologies

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Fladgate LLP acted for the successful defendant, Castex Technologies Limited, in proceedings brought against it by Citicorp International Limited. In a judgment given on 24 February 2016, Mr Justice Burton decided that a Mandatory Conversion Notice given by Castex pursuant to US$70m 2.5% Convertible Bonds complied with all contractual conditions and resolved a preliminary issue […]


Probate fee increases: a death tax by any other name?

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Probate fees do not, on the whole, cause much consternation.   After someone dies, an application to the Probate Registry is often needed to obtain a grant – proof acceptable to English financial institutions that they can safely pay over the deceased’s assets to the personal representatives (PRs) named on the grant.  This exercise, one of […]


Vijay Mallya acquires Caribbean Premier League T20 cricket team

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Fladgate LLP is delighted to have acted for Indian businessman Dr Vijay Mallya in connection with his acquisition of Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchise Barbados Tridents. The Barbados Tridents are one of the most prominent teams involved in the three-year-old CPL, the Caribbean’s premier T20 championship. The team won the 2014 CPL title to qualify […]


Excessive service charges and how to dispute them

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Retail shops obtain a number of benefits from taking premises which are within a shopping centre or on a section of high street where one landlord is the owner of a number of neighbouring premises. In particular it often means that the responsibility for providing services, including the maintenance and repair of the common areas, […]


Modern slavery in fashion retail supply chains - what do you need to do?

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Do you know where that dress came from? While a garment’s label is likely to set out the country in which the item was made, consumers have traditionally had very little visibility over the actual hands sewing their clothes. Last week H&M and Next both admitted to sacking a supplier after finding Syrian refugee children […]


Construction newsletter - February 2016

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Updates for construction professionals


ACCORD and discord

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Clothing retailers are subject to ever increasing scrutiny from consumers over the working practices and conditions in which their products are being produced, in particular in respect of goods which are manufactured in low-cost locations. In December 2015, Primark hit the headlines when a shopper reported finding a note in a pair of socks which […]


Top 10 ranking in AIM table for Fladgate

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Fladgate is delighted to have achieved a Top 10 ranking in the January edition of the ARL AIM Advisers Rankings Guide. Editorial commentary states: “Perhaps the most noteworthy move through the quarter was attributable to Fladgate.  The law firm moved up 10 places into a share of eighth… after it appointed two partners and an […]


Fladgate instructed on new hotel and accommodation projects by Merlin Entertainments

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Fladgate LLP’s (Fladgate) construction team has been instructed on a number of new hotel and accommodation projects by Merlin Entertainments (Merlin), the world’s second largest leisure group. Live projects include the construction of a new LEGO® themed hotel in Japan.  The hotel is to be built adjacent to the new LEGOLAND® Japan which is currently […]


How can fashion’s greatest designers find a work-life balance?

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The surprise departure of Raf Simons, the acclaimed Belgian designer, from Christian Dior late last year, reminded us of the pressure placed upon those who are charged with coming up with new designs to feed the fashion industry “beast”. Simons is widely believed to have left Dior in an attempt to preserve his work-life balance. […]


Persons with Significant Control – the new requirements

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Introduction This briefing highlights company law changes which impose material new obligations on UK companies and limited liability partnerships (LLPs). The changes are also significant for those who hold interests in such entities, as they will be required to supply information to the company or LLP and, in some circumstances, there may be an impact […]