Insights: December 2019

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How can prop-tech solve the housing crisis?

Tim Wright, Jenny Sargeant, Grant Gordon, Eddie Powell |

Fladgate partners Jenny Sargeant, Eddie Powell, Grant Gordon and Tim Wright – alongside District 34 Co-Founder John Lim discuss how prop-tech can be used to identify affordable land for property development. Growing frustrations with the slow pace of housing development could soon be satiated by tech solutions such as that of District 34. Combining big […]

Workplace Privacy: Can an employer refer to an employee’s private WhatsApp messages in a disciplinary process?

Michael McCartney, Mike Tremeer, Taj Rehal |

This was a question referred to the European Court of Human Rights in the recent case of Garamukanwa v United Kingdom.  Coincidentally, much the same question was put to the Scottish Court of Session earlier this year in BC and others v Chief Constable Police Service of Scotland and others.  Both cases together provide a […]

Fladgate advises Seiko on its new Burlington Arcade shop

Matthew Williams |

Fladgate has advised Seiko, a leading Japanese watch manufacturer on the lease of its luxury watch brand Grand Seiko’s latest pop-up boutique in the historic Burlington Arcade. Grand Seiko has been increasing its presence across the UK, and this boutique marks the luxury brand’s 15th retail outlet in the UK. Situated in Burlington Arcade, an […]

Tune On, Tune In, Cop Out

Tim Wright, Joshua Bennett |

Turn On, Tune In, Cop Out? Warner Music and Sony Music v TuneIn On 1 November 2019, TuneIn was found to have infringed the rights of Warner Music and Sony Music (together the Claimants). The case itself focussed on the interpretation of the English copyright law concept of ‘communication to the public’ in circumstances where […]

The Conservative and Labour manifestos: taxation and corporate proposals

Neal Todd, Ellie Green |

The General Election takes place this Thursday. With small and medium sized businesses making up the backbone of the UK economy there has been significant interest in the parties’ approach to the treatment of tax and private corporations. The latest polls show the Conservatives and Labour as the two dominant parties so we have considered […]

Fladgate launches vacation scheme, a new route to develop a legal career

Andrew Bessemer Clark |

Fladgate today launches its brand new vacation scheme and successful applicants will join the scheme in summer 2020. Starting from 2020, Fladgate will only recruit trainees through its summer vacation scheme. In addition, the Firm is increasing the number of trainee contracts from six to eight this year. The scheme is structured to provide graduate […]

General Election 2019: tax summary

Neal Todd, Gemma Grunewald |

Thursday 12 December will see the British public travel to polling stations to cast their vote for the next general election. Tax partner Neal Todd and tax associate Gemma Grunewald outline each of the leading parties’ key tax proposals detailed in their respective manifestos. To view the tax summary, please click here. For more information, […]

Finally, certainty on cryptoassets and smart contracts under English law?

Paul Airley, David Lee, David Robinson |

The LawTech Delivery Panel’s UK Jurisdiction Task Force’s Legal Statement, released on 18 November 2019, represents the first analysis in a leading commercial jurisdiction of the legal principles underlying cryptoassets and smart contracts, with the intention of providing much-needed confidence, legal certainty and predictability to market participants within the global financial services industry. The Statement […]

Competition and Markets Authority using merger control to get their FANGS into US tech companies

Alex Haffner |

Whilst the power wielded by the FANGs (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google) is the subject of incessant debate, recent announcements by the UK competition regulator the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) indicate a new battlefront may be opening up. Earlier this week, the CMA announced it was considering whether or not Google’s acquisition of Looker […]