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Expert hot-tubbing

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The Civil Justice Council’s Civil Litigation Review Working Group has released a report on the rarely used provisions in the CPR for “hot-tubbing” expert witnesses.  Hot-tubbing was introduced in 2013 as part of the Jackson reforms.  It involves judge-led questioning and the court hearing concurrent evidence from experts in a particular field. The working group […]


The brains behind your bricks: Intellectual property and real estate

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Whilst developers, owners and investors keep close tabs on the value of their property portfolios, most neglect to consider the intangible assets that exist within their bricks and mortar. IP rights can come in many forms, including building design, names, nicknames and addresses, all of which need careful safeguarding in this day and age. Eddie Powell and Oliver […]


How not to build a hotel

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Barry Hembling, partner in the construction and engineering team at Fladgate LLP, explains the key pitfalls hoteliers should avoid when undergoing construction projects. Too many construction projects encounter problems that can easily lead to delays and cost overruns if not managed properly with some of these issues arising on projects in the hotel sector. Whilst […]


Who's paying for Christmas?

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Shopping centres face big competition in the lead up to Christmas. Christmas favourites such as twinkling Christmas lights and a Santa’s grotto can prove essential in ensuring a shopping centre’s success at the busiest time of the year. In most centres it is usual for the responsibility of providing these festivities to remain with the […]


Fladgate advises HNW overseas investor on £15.5m sale of residential property in Holland Park

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Fladgate LLP has recently advised a HNW overseas investor on the £15.5m sale of a residential property in Holland Park to one of central London’s leading interior designers. The team comprised real estate partners Richard Kaufman and Daniel Rubie, corporate partner Avram Kelman and corporate associate David Baverstock. Our real estate team is well placed […]


Reducing costs risks on hotel projects

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All hotel developers, regardless of the level of experience, can easily encounter similar pitfalls that cause delays and increased costs. In many cases these traps would seem to present a lesson in how not to build a hotel. So for those looking to commence such a project, let us consider the most common causes of […]


Squatters’ Christmas presence

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Christmas is coming and professional squatters are surveying high streets throughout the country for convenient vacant units from which they can trade over the festive season.  Not only that though – there are, apparently, websites where convenient empty units can be located. Six to eight weeks’ trading in rent and rate free accommodation is all […]


Fladgate LLP advises MHA London on acquisition of 1.32 acre former school and depot site in central Slough

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Fladgate LLP has advised MHA London on the acquisition of a 1.32 acre former school and depot site in central Slough.  The project is located in close proximity to the new Crossrail station due to open in 2018 and is the latest sign of Slough’s emergence as a major area of regeneration and investment due […]


Quarter Day - December 2016

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Updates for real estate professionals


Hiring temporary Christmas staff

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According to reports, online retail giant Amazon planned to hire 20,000 temporary staff at its UK fulfilment and distribution centres to cover the expected 2016 Christmas rush.  Marks and Spencer had 14,000 temporary roles available and Argos was hoping to hire an additional 10,000 workers for the same period.  Whilst it is to be expected […]


Fladgate advises on acquisition of London development site within Shari'ah structure

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Fladgate’s Funds, Finance and Regulatory (FFR) Group has recently advised a Bahraini bank on the £15m acquisition of a development site on the outskirts of London within a Shari’ah funded joint venture structure.  The team comprised Ella Leonard (funds partner), Philip Turner (real estate partner), Luke Morris (banking partner), Richard Kaufman (real estate partner), assisted […]


The ILN launches “Buying and Selling Real Estate: An International Guide”

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Fladgate LLP is delighted to have contributed to the first edition of The International Lawyers Network’s real estate guide, “Buying & Selling Real Estate:  An International Guide”. Published today, this collaborative electronic guide provides an overview of the legal aspects of buying and selling real estate in eleven jurisdictions internationally.  Plans are in place to add […]