Insights: May 2019

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GDPR: One year on

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The GDPR has been in force for almost a year and it has been reported that the Information Commissioner’s Office anticipates that a large fine in the United Kingdom is just a few weeks away. The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has reported that the various European supervisory authorities have received 144,000 queries and complaints, […]


Real Estate Funds - the new elections regime

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The extension of capital gains tax to non-resident investors in UK real estate has made life more complicated for fund managers. Until the recent changes – which came into effect on 6 April 2019 – the optimum way to structure inward investment was pretty straightforward. Unless the fund was to set up as a REIT […]


IR35 taxing changes to off-payroll rules - Michael McCartney in Building

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Employment Partner, Michael McCartney, recently contributed an article in Building on IR35 and the taxing changes to off-payroll rules being a major challenge for building firms. Michael discusses what impact the changes to off-payroll rules has on contractors, “firms will need to work with contractors to gather evidence of genuine self-employment…” To view the full […]


Fladgate advises Ocado on investment into Karakuri

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Fladgate was delighted to advise Ocado Group’s venture arm on its investment into UK-based tech start-up, Karakuri. Reshaping the future of ready-to-eat meals, Karakuri’s robotic automation systems cater to bespoke nutritional requirements whilst minimising food waste. Leading the £7m seed round, Ocado confirmed an equity investment of £4.75m, acquiring 18% of the company and a […]


Fladgate advises Seko S.p.A on the acquisition of the Brightwell Group

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Fladgate has advised Seko S.p.A, an Italian based global leader in the design and manufacture of dosing pumps and metering systems on the acquisition of the UK headquartered Brightwell Group. Brightwell is a designer and manufacturer of professional hygiene equipment and chemical dispensing and dosing systems. Brightwell is already active in 85 countries and will […]


Fladgate in International Litigation News after Supreme Court judgment in Vendanta Resources Plc v Lungowe

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On 10 April 2019, the Supreme Court handed down a much anticipated judgment Vedanta Resources Plc v Lungowe, holding that UK parent companies may owe a duty of care to third parties affected by their foreign subsidiaries’ operations. The dispute related to the alleged environmental pollution caused by the Nchanga copper mine owned by UK-domiciled […]


Fladgate strengthens Tax team with new Partner appointment, Helen Cox

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Fladgate is delighted to announce the appointment of Tax Partner Helen Cox, who joins from Mishcon de Reya. Fladgate welcomes Helen to the Private Client team; she has a broad tax practice which encompasses advising on personal and corporate tax matters, both UK and international. Helen has a wealth of experience of working with entrepreneurs, […]