Council challenges Sadiq’s hotel call-in

8 February 2019

In November 2018, London’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan, called in the Kensington Forum Hotel application which had previously been refused by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RKBC) planning committee (primarily for the reason of insufficiently high design quality and harm to the surrounding area). The Mayor’s first reason given for the call-in was that […]

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2018 in numbers!

17 January 2019

The hotel industry loves statistics and we do certainly get bombarded with them.  However, our friends over at Savills recently reported the following interesting stats which we thought were worth sharing.

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Case Update: Using a franchisor’s name without a franchise agreement

13 December 2018

The recent case of Ghias v (1) Grill’O Xpress Ltd (2) Malik considered the compensation payable where a franchise brand is used after the termination of the franchise agreement without the permission of the brand owner.

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No way, CVA: how to downsize without entering into a Company Voluntary Agreement

3 December 2018

The CVA has been this year’s buzzword, but there are other ways to slim down a restaurant estate, says real estate partner Matthew Williams, who was recently invited by BigHospitality to discuss the issues involved.

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Marriott Hotels breach – UK regulators involved

30 November 2018

UK data protection regulator the ICO has confirmed that it has received notification from Marriott Hotels regarding the widely reported hack (said to involve 500M consumers) involving the Starwood reservation system. The ICO says only that it is ‘making enquiries’.

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Restrictions in lease agreements: Competition law matters

21 September 2018

Alex Haffner, Competition Partner, discusses a recent case in which Heathrow Airport Limited was fined by the Competition and Markets Authority for lease restrictions which restricted a tenant’s freedom to set parking prices on a hotel property. The case is an important reminder that land agreements need to comply with the competition law rules and that parties can easily be caught out by restrictions which haven’t previously been considered from a competition law perspective.

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Partnering with celebrity chefs: How to get it right first time

19 September 2018

Hotels have long recognised the value that on-site restaurants can bring to their offering.  They are increasingly joining forces with celebrity chefs to forge partnerships aiming to run restaurants of distinction and culinary sophistication. Such ventures work best when they are framed as a genuine partnership, designed to ensure that the joint brand is worth […]

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Fladgate advises Abbey Hotels (Bath) Limited on signature Marco Pierre White and Pierre Koffmann restaurant

2 July 2018

Fladgate advised Abbey Hotels (Bath) on the negotiation and signing of a contract with Black and White Limited on behalf of the world renowned chefs Marco Pierre White and Pierre Koffmann. Under the deal, the two chefs will put their name to a signature restaurant at the Abbey Hotel Bath, due to open in September 2018. […]

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Fladgate acts on £92.5m acquisition for Flora Developments Limited

5 June 2018

Fladgate LLP acted for Flora Developments Limited, a subsidiary of ABIL Infraprojects Limited, India which is a large Indian construction, real estate development and hospitality company, for the acquisition of prime real estate in Central London known as Griffin House, 5/6 Strand, London WC2N 5HR for a purchase price of £92.5 million. The property currently […]

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When the architect gets carried away

18 April 2018

What do you do when your architect designs something that is way beyond your budget? That was the issue in the recent case of Riva Properties v Foster + Partners. Oliver Tobin reports. A recent decision of the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) has considered the scope of an architect’s duty of care, specifically in […]

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