When are exhibitors responsible for the unexpected actions of their employees? 

27 June 2017

For many years, businesses have grappled with the issue of being held responsible for their employees’ actions. Often, responsibility can be assumed – an employee placed at the box office selling tickets is accepted to be acting as ‘the face’ of the business. Accordingly, the employer is expected to be accountable for the actions of […]

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Insurance and liability: points to watch out for

20 June 2017

We frequently are instructed to review management and franchise contracts for potential owners looking to bring in a TPO or franchise a big brand.  Buried in amongst the legal clauses towards the back of the contract are the clauses dealing with liability and insurance, which are often overlooked in the excitement of discussing performance tests, […]

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Brexit – The Divorce Bill

7 June 2017

On 1 January 1973, the United Kingdom acceded to the treaties constituting the European Communities.  Just over a year later, one of England’s greatest judges, Lord Denning, remarked that Community law “…is like an incoming tide. It flows into the estuaries and up the rivers. It cannot be held back…” The present state of EU/UK […]

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Navigating loan negotiations: tips for hoteliers

31 May 2017

For those setting up a hotel business an inevitable part is negotiating financing arrangements. Hotel lenders will want as high a level of control as possible over any new hotel business due to the higher risk profile.  However, hoteliers need to be aware that giving up too much control can stifle their ability to be […]

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Cinemas: employment law & 2017

22 March 2017

With 2017 already busy for UK senior management and HR teams, and with more employment-related changes and updates anticipated, Fladgate employment associate, Caroline Philipps, discusses four topics likely to be most relevant to Cinema. Pay equality One of the most anticipated developments in Employment Law in 2017 is the long-awaited introduction of gender pay-gap reporting. […]

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Modern Slavery & the supply chain

8 March 2017

The fight against modern slavery is an urgent issue in times of globalised trade and international supply chains. This is reflected in actions by both legislators and companies that are mindful of their corporate social responsibility.  With increasing frequency, businesses are asked by their customers to disclose details of their supply chain as well as […]

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Planning new experiences? What you need know

22 February 2017

How public attractions are used is changing. There is a growing recognition of the increasing demand for a broader night time culture and entertainment offering, which in turn is leading to cities starting to re-evaluate their night time economies. Sleepovers already allow guests to experience a night at the museum or the zoo and the […]

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How not to build a hotel

18 January 2017

Barry Hembling, partner in the construction and engineering team at Fladgate LLP, explains the key pitfalls hoteliers should avoid when undergoing construction projects. Too many construction projects encounter problems that can easily lead to delays and cost overruns if not managed properly with some of these issues arising on projects in the hotel sector. Whilst […]

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Victorian working conditions in modern workplaces?

5 January 2017

In August 2016, Sports Direct admitted breaking the law by failing to pay the National Minimum Wage (NMW) following pressure from the media and a widely publicised and damning report by the Business, Innovations and Skills (BIS) Select Committee in the Summer. The CEO resigned, followed by the CFO, and the company group share price […]

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Hiring temporary Christmas staff

16 December 2016

According to reports, online retail giant Amazon planned to hire 20,000 temporary staff at its UK fulfilment and distribution centres to cover the expected 2016 Christmas rush.  Marks and Spencer had 14,000 temporary roles available and Argos was hoping to hire an additional 10,000 workers for the same period.  Whilst it is to be expected […]

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