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Fladgate team completes 'Capital 2 Coast Charity Bike Ride'


On 26 June, a Fladgate team completed the ‘Capital 2 Coast Charity Bike Ride’ from London to Brighton, in aid of two charities: Norwood, a leading Jewish charity supporting vulnerable children, families and people with learning disabilities; and Downs Syndrome Association. The Fladgate team comprised Stephen Lewis, Jeremy Whiteson, Mark Buckley, Gideon Dabby-Joory, Alan Woolston, Julian Lewis, […]

Fladgate advises on £50 million fundraising for Hummingbird Resources plc

Paul Airley |

Fladgate has advised RFC Ambrian (as nominated adviser and joint broker) and Beaufort Securities (joint broker) on a £50 million placing and subscription for Hummingbird Resources plc. Hummingbird Resources is a West African multi project gold exploration and development company.  The funds raised will be used for the development of its Yanfolila gold project in Mali. […]

Quarter Day - June 2016

Alison Mould |

Updates for real estate professionals

Arbitration or court litigation in England and Wales

Tom Bolam |

Counterparties to a commercial contract with no connection to England often agree that any dispute arising from their contract will be determined by the courts of England. The English courts are accustomed to dealing with cases that have no real connection to their jurisdiction.  When agreeing the form of dispute resolution, parties may be faced […]

‘Amber, Green and Red Surprise’: Conflicts in International Arbitration

Ian Smith |

A recent case in the Commercial Court, which has coincided with our experience of an arbitrator resigning due to a potential conflict, has brought attention to the International Bar Association’s Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration. The IBA Guidelines are frequently used in the international arbitration arena to consider impartiality and independence. With […]

The death of the annual return


The launch of confirmation statements – getting the content and timing right. The longstanding requirement for companies and limited liability partnerships (LLPs) to file an annual return will be replaced by a requirement to file a confirmation statement after 30 June 2016 under the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015. “Persons with significant control” […]

UK needs a fluid immigration policy


Mass immigration is unpopular in Britain. Surveys show that the majority of UK citizens – first and second generation immigrants included – favour reducing immigration. It is consistently ranked as one of the most important issues facing the nation during the referendum on EU membership with Britons seemingly as worried about immigration from within the EU as […]

Fladgate advises equity investors on the acquisition of Dobbies garden centre chain

Amy Collins, Grant Gordon |

Fladgate LLP has advised the equity investors on the conditional acquisition of Dobbies garden centres from Tesco’s for £217m as the retailer continues with its divestment strategy in order to focus on its supermarket business. The group of equity investors is led by private equity houses Midlothian Capital Partners and Hattington Capital. Dobbies is the […]

Fladgate advises Satellite Solutions Worldwide Group on £2m fundraising

Jamie Hamilton, David Robinson |

Fladgate has advised AIM listed Satellite Solutions Worldwide Group plc on the issue of £2 million of unsecured loan notes.  The notes were subscribed for by Business Growth Fund.  The net proceeds will be used to strengthen the company’s balance sheet and enable it to continue its organic and acquisitive growth strategy as it seeks […]

Business rates - Budget 2016


The burden of business rates was a recurring theme of press coverage in the lead up to Budget 2016. In the event, the Chancellor’s announcements on business rates had a “jam tomorrow” theme, rather than offering any immediate relief to major ratepayers in the UK, whose property taxes are the highest of those in any major […]

Fladgate team takes on 200ft abseil in Central London to raise money for St Mungo’s

Charles Wander |

On 12 June, a 20-strong team from Fladgate abseiled the 200ft Senate House Library to raise £5,000 in aid of St Mungo’s, one of the firm’s chosen charities for 2016. St Mungo’s is one of the UK’s leading homelessness charities and exists to end homelessness and rebuild lives.  Each night the charity provides housing and […]

Fladgate advises K&C REIT on Osprey Management Company Limited acquisition

Matthew Williams, Nigel Gordon, Luke Morris |

Fladgate advised K&C REIT on the agreed acquisition of the entire issued share capital of The Osprey Management Company Limited for an aggregate consideration of £1.6 million.  Osprey owns a portfolio of premium retirement and residential properties in London and southern England.  Osprey also provides property management services to the occupiers in the majority of […]