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Tim Wright explains EU Conflict Minerals Regulation

Tim Wright |

Corporate partner Tim Wright examines the European Union’s Conflict Minerals Regulation and explains how blockchain technology is helping importers meet new supply chain diligence requirements in an article published by International Bar Association’s Technology Law Committee.


Covid-19 Lockdown extension adds further burdens to Child Contact Arrangements

Ronnie Mortimer, Teresa Cullen |

It is over three weeks since the Government published its full guidance on ‘Staying at home and away from others’ and we have certainly seen a number of articles published dealing with how best to manage Child Contact Arrangements during the Covid-19 pandemic. This merely highlights the point that the Government’s social distancing restrictions are […]


Are employees entitled to paid leave due to Covid-19?

Michael McCartney |

The rights of UK employees are contained in an employment contract (incorporating  express rights and implied rights which are derived from the common law) and in statutory rules and regulations laid down by parliament which are mandatory in nature.  The entitlement to pay during a period of leave  depends to some extent upon the rights […]


COVID-19: Temporary measures for AIM companies and Nominated Advisers

Paul Airley, Orit Rioumine Gold |

On 20 March 2020, the London Stock Exchange (LSE) published an Inside AIM newsletter setting out temporary measures that would be implemented by the AIM Regulation team to support AIM companies and nominated advisers in addressing the challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Until further notice, AIM Regulation will be applying discretion to the application […]


COVID-19: doing business with India in troubled times

Tim Wright, Mythily Katsaris, Alex Haffner |

Setting the scene The Indian Government imposed a complete lockdown for 21 days from 25 March 2020 under The Disaster Management Act, 2005. Further, most Indian state governments have classified Covid-19 as an `epidemic disease` in order to invoke the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897. The effect is to give municipal corporations and local authorities the […]


Fladgate advises Hertsford Capital plc on takeover and Main Market listing

Alex Taylor, Mary Liu, David Robinson |

Fladgate LLP has advised Hertsford Capital plc  on its takeover of aquaculture products developer OTAQ Group Limited and its re-admission to and trading on the London Stock Exchange’s Main Market. Operating in strong growth market, OTAQ Group has developed products for aquaculture, offshore energy, renewable and oceanographic research, and intends to expand its product range […]


Maximising the chances of a successful fundraising during the Coronavirus crisis

Nigel Gordon, Paul Airley |

On 8 April 2020 the FCA announced a series of measures aimed at assisting companies to raise new share capital in response to the coronavirus crisis while retaining an appropriate degree of investor protection.  Many quoted companies will be seeking to raise finance for their business during the coronavirus crisis and so will be considering […]


Insolvency law reforms due to Covid-19

Jeremy Whiteson, Sophie Burke |

The Government is expediting reforms to UK Insolvency Law to help companies avoid insolvency as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. Details of the proposed changes to the UK Insolvency Law have not yet been published. The Government said that reforms would be introduced “at the earliest opportunity”, but we do not expect the reforms […]


Financial Settlements in Divorce are not immune to the Covid-19 pandemic

Ronnie Mortimer, Hannah Weller, Teresa Cullen |

It is without doubt that these are “unprecedented times” – a phrase that we are most likely to have heard over the last few weeks and will continue to hear amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic has had a direct impact on everyone’s lives. It is particularly being felt in the legal system where law […]


Financial Settlements in Divorce are not immune to the Covid-19 pandemic

Ronnie Mortimer, Hannah Weller, Teresa Cullen |

It is without doubt that these are “unprecedented times” – a phrase that we are most likely to have heard over the last few weeks and will continue to hear amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic has had a direct impact on everyone’s lives. It is particularly being felt in the legal system where law […]


Fladgate advises Gfinity plc on its oversubscribed placing

Orit Rioumine Gold, Mary Liu, David Robinson |

Fladgate LLP has advised Gfinity plc (AIM: GFIN), a leading international esports solution provider, on its latest placing and subscription to raise £2.25 million. The funds raised will support the company’s further growth as it sharpens its strategic focus on Motorsports, Own Community franchise and building community for others, the three core areas of its […]


Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Government update

Mike Tremeer, Michael McCartney, Ingrid Hesselbo, Taj Rehal, Caroline Philipps |

On 26 March the Government (HMRC) published guidance giving details of its Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.  The guidance has since been updated a number of times; on 4 April, 9 April, 15 April, 17 April and most recently on 20 April.  The current, updated guidance can be seen here. On 15 April the Treasury also […]