Insights: July 2018

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New ACAS guidance on suspension and overtime

Mike Tremeer |

There have been a number of important cases dealing with suspension and overtime in recent years.  In Agoreyo v London Borough of Lambeth the High Court confirmed that suspension should never be a “knee-jerk reaction” and that it might even amount to a breach of the implied term of trust and confidence in some circumstances.  […]

Fladgate rated as 'regional & specialist firm' by India Business Law Journal

Mark Buckley, Mythily Katsaris, Sunil Sheth |

In a recently published report, India Business Law Journal has identified the top international firms for work on major India-related matters. Fladgate is delighted to have been selected as a ‘regional & specialist firm’. Accompanying editorial within the report states: “UK law firm Fladgate assists Indian companies and high net worth individuals (HNWIs) on corporate […]

Exclusion clauses, reasonableness and freedom of contract

Leigh Callaway |

Following a fire at its premises, Goodlife Foods Limited (Goodlife) commenced proceedings against Hall Fire Protection Limited (Hall Fire) for breach of contract and/or negligence in the supply and installation of a fire suppression system. In its defence Hall Fire sought to rely on an exclusion of liability clause contained within its standard terms and […]

Domicile dramas

Helena Luckhurst |

Many advisers have to grapple with the sometimes difficult question of establishing their client’s domicile. A client’s domicile is fundamentally important in a diverse range of English legal and tax areas, such as whether: a client can bring divorce proceedings in the UK; a client is liable to UK Inheritance Tax on worldwide assets as […]

AIM companies can now consider compliance with the new UK Corporate Governance Code

Nigel Gordon |

Background In May this year we reminded AIM companies that on 30 March 2018 a revised version of the AIM Rules for Companies (AIM Rules) became effective. The new version of the AIM Rules extends the ambit of the information that each AIM company must include on its website pursuant to rule 26 of the […]

Stop being a nuisance

Gillian Birkby |

Construction sites can undoubtedly be a nuisance to their neighbours and over the years the right to object to (and receive compensation for) certain types of nuisance has become enshrined in the law. Even if planning permission is granted for construction works which will inevitably be noisy, for instance, that is no excuse if the […]

Adjudication - beware the counterclaim

Digby Hebbard |

A key consideration for a party before commencing an adjudication is what the defending party might say or claim in reply, because the courts adopt a generous approach to whether a defence or counterclaim is within the scope of the dispute. Broadly, no matter how narrowly defined a dispute referred to adjudication might be, at […]

Sexual harassment in the workplace: What English companies need to know

Mike Tremeer, Caroline Philipps |

What constitutes sexual harassment? In England and Wales, it is unwanted conduct of a sexual nature which has the purpose or effect of violating the victim’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for the victim. The victim also has protection from being treated less favourably because they have rejected or […]

Title covenants – are they binding on future owners?

Roland Brandman |

Countless properties up and down the land, probably the majority, either have the benefit, or are subject to the burden, of a title covenant. A title covenant is basically a promise made in a deed to do or not to do something with a piece of land. Covenants can relate to all sorts of things. […]

Digitalising signatures – a new dawn for conveyancing and HM Land Registry


Many real estate clients have asked whether they can sign documents electronically in order to save time and cost. Often it takes several days for documents to be signed due to the unavailability of the relevant signatories, and often documents need to be circulated and returned by post or courier, which takes time. Such delays […]

Fintech quarterly round-up: April – June 2018

Charles Proctor |

This quarterly round-up looks into some of the main regulatory developments and trends in fintech regulation during the second quarter of 2018. The previous edition of this briefing for January to March 2018 can be found here. Evolution of ICOs  The market for initial coin offerings (ICOs) continues to develop despite increased regulatory scrutiny. As […]