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Fladgate advises Turner on major office pre-let at 160 Old Street, London EC1

Roland Brandman, Mark Saunders, Miles Crawford, Steven Mash, Richard Reuben |

Fladgate LLP has advised Turner Broadcasting System Europe (Turner), the UK based operation of Turner Broadcasting, the global entertainment, sports and news subsidiary of Time Warner, on the pre-let of 98,100 sq ft in a new development at 160 Old Street, EC1, which it will occupy from 2019.  The building is owned by The Great […]


Funding the Belt and Road: The challenges of attracting private investment

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After the ambition of the Beijing summit, back in May 2017, comes the reality of financing the Belt and Road initiative (BRI).  How might the risks of building and operating BRI schemes be spread and what will be the role for private investment? Notwithstanding China’s substantial foreign currency reserves which are being made available for […]


Coty scents competition law victory for brand owners

Alex Haffner |

In a much anticipated judgment, the European Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) has determined that EU competition law does not prevent luxury brands imposing restrictions on the use by distributors of third party e-commerce platforms. The judgment confirms the opinion expressed by the Advocate General to the court (see https://www.fladgate.com/2017/08/eu-general-court-opinion-delivers-boost-brands-selling-online/) that such […]


One Belt, One Road – addressing legal challenges to harness global opportunity in the rail sector

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The “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) initiative – or the “new Silk Road” as it is often referred to – is China’s grand vision for the creation of co-ordinated trade routes on both land and sea.  Spanning 65 countries, when completed it would give industry freight access to over 60% of the world’s population and […]


Top tips for tenants: Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) and Value Added Tax (VAT)

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Benjamin Franklin (1706-90), in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy in 1789, wrote the now infamous words “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”. Whilst the former (thankfully) is outside of the scope of this article, the latter (sadly) is not and should be at the forefront of a […]


Fladgate advises on another recruitment MBO

Ian Brent |

Fladgate have acted for management on the buyout of Technical Support Services International (TSSI) and Capital Engineering Personnel (CEP). TSSI is a global business providing ICT staff in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas. CEP supplies staff to a wide range of industries including civil engineering, construction, rail & metro, IT & […]


Fladgate's Sarah Gogan included in Spear's 500 2018

Sarah Gogan |

Congratulations to immigration partner Sarah Gogan who has been listed in the newly released Spears 500 2018. The guide is an annual publication that recognises the top private client advisers, wealth managers, lawyers and service providers for high net worth (HNW) individuals. Sarah has over 15 years’ experience advising ultra-high net and high net worth individuals […]


Starting as you mean to go on…pre-emption rights and applications to assign

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TCG Pubs Limited and another v The Art or Mystery of the Girdlers of London [2017] EWHC 722 (Ch) This case involved a dispute between the tenant (in administration) (TCG) and the defendant (Girdlers) in relation to the proposed assignment of a lease of pub premises in London. The lease contained a provision prohibiting assignment […]


Fladgate celebrates a bumper run closing five AIM deals for clients in the energy and resources sector

John Forde, Nigel Gordon, David Lee, Paul Airley, Orit Rioumine Gold, Grant Gordon, David Robinson, Caroline Philipps |

Fladgate’s capital markets team has had an impressive run to the end of 2017 after successfully closing its fifth AIM listed transaction last week. Sirius Petroleum’s proposed re-admission to AIM and US$21.5m fundraising follows deals for Angus Energy, Papua Mining, Tri-Star Resources and Tiger Resource Finance. More details below: Sirius Petroleum plc: readmission to AIM as […]


Car parking: display or pay!

Amanda Hado-Bodfield |

Summary The owner of a shop claimed rights to park on an adjoining car park on the basis that it had acquired rights to do so over a period of 20 years’ use. As the car park owner had maintained clearly visible private car park signs, these were indicative of its continuing objection to unauthorised […]