Insights: June 2017

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Important safety checks required following Grenfell Tower fire

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The announcement by prime minister Theresa May on 28 June 2017 that the cladding used at Grenfell Tower did not comply with Building Regulations is a worrying development in this tragic saga.  How defective cladding came to be installed in circumstances where the public rightfully expect construction works to be properly carried out and certified […]


V&A Museum formally opens its new Exhibition Road Quarter

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On 30 June, the V&A Museum formally opens its new Exhibition Road Quarter.  This c£50m construction project involved creating a stunning new entrance, courtyard and purpose-built gallery for the historic South Kensington site. Fladgate’s construction team, led by Digby Hebbard, acted for the V&A throughout this exciting project.  We initially engaged in connection with procurement and […]


Who owns the equity? Investment property ownership when relationships break down

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The thorny issue of a couple’s beneficial interests in a jointly owned property following relationship breakdown has once again been examined by the court, this time relating to a Privy Council decision on appeal from the Bahamian Court of Appeal. The case concerned the relationship between Mr Marr and Mr Collie, who together had jointly […]


Fladgate advises Aspers on the launch of Aspers Online Limited

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Fladgate has advised Aspers UK Holdings Limited on a joint venture with Stride Gaming plc to set up Aspers Online Limited. The online casino will be operated under the Aspers brand and Stride will provide the infrastructure and marketing. Aspers online business is targeted to launch in Q4 2017. Damian Aspinall, Chairman of the Aspers […]


Don’t get caught “softlifting”

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Fines to UK SMEs exceeded £900,000 in 2016 for using unlicensed software It is certainly no secret that software has become an integral part of the success of modern businesses in recent years. Business management software has assisted with running operations more efficiently, cost reduction and replacement of paper processes. Cloud computing software has also […]


Quarter Day - June 2017

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Updates for real estate professionals


International investment opportunities in UK infrastructure

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The UK is currently developing over £500 billion worth of major infrastructure projects that include over 720 schemes set out by the National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline up to 2020/21. With only half of the funding estimated to be coming from public investment, the UK must look abroad for international investment partners if these ambitious […]


Lease or licence – why you should care

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It is common for heads of terms to refer to a licence to use or occupy a property when the agreed terms would actually be construed as a lease. The two terms are bandied around and often used interchangeably; knowing the difference is key to avoiding lengthy and costly proceedings which go hand in hand […]


Vicarious liability

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When are exhibitors responsible for the unexpected actions of their employees? Mike Tremeer, Senior Associate at Fladgate LLP, sheds some light on the matter by examining a recent case. For many years, businesses have grappled with the issue of being held responsible for their employees’ actions. Often, responsibility can be assumed – an employee placed […]


Fladgate advises Opus on acquisition of Autologic Diagnostics

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Fladgate advised new client Opus, a £150m quoted Swedish company, on the acquisition of UK company Autologic Diagnostics, a world leader in advanced aftermarket automotive diagnostics. Opus is a world leader in managing vehicle inspection programs with operations in the US, Europe, Latin America and Asia. Autologic’s 2016 revenue was £16.5m with EBITDA of £2.6m. […]


Register of beneficial ownership

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Recent years have seen the introduction of many measures worldwide aiming to increase transparency and share information between countries in relation to taxpayers and their assets. While the UK has been party to many of these, it is now taking steps to become the first country in the world to require a register of the […]


Starting as you mean to go on… applications to assign

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A common way of securing retail or office space is to take an assignment of a lease from an existing tenant. Leases usually contain a requirement for landlord’s consent to such an assignment. A recent case has highlighted the importance of ensuring that if the proposed assignee makes the application, they specifically confirm that they […]