Public attractions


Don’t get caught “softlifting”

3 August 2017

Fines to UK SMEs exceeded £900,000 in 2016 for using unlicensed software It is certainly no secret that software has become an integral part of the success of modern businesses in recent years. Business management software has assisted with running operations more efficiently, cost reduction and replacement of paper processes. Cloud computing software has also […]

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‘Something tells me it’s all happening at the zoo’

28 July 2017

Chester Zoo fell victim to a type of fraud called ‘invoice hijacking’, where fraudsters intercept correspondence between two parties that have an existing contractual relationship and invoice the target for services that have actually been rendered. Chester Zoo had engaged Laing O’Rourke to carry out construction works for a safari experience valued at approximately £17 […]

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Holiday pay

20 July 2017

It used to be so simple; workers on holiday for a week would receive their basic weekly salary for that period.  No difficult calculations were necessary and there were no (or at least very few…) disputes about unpaid entitlements. However, a number of cases in recent years have changed the landscape drastically.  It has been […]

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Grip tight and hold on: latest trends in the construction of amusement rides

11 July 2017

Quantitative risk assessment techniques are changing the way in which amusement rides are designed, inspected and operated. Modern rides are becoming dependent on computer-based technology with control systems allowing rides to perform increasingly complex functions at very high speeds. Passenger safety can depend on the correct operation of control systems and their failure could compromise […]

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V&A Museum formally opens its new Exhibition Road Quarter

3 July 2017

On 30 June, the V&A Museum formally opened its new Exhibition Road Quarter.  This c£50m construction project involved creating a stunning new entrance, courtyard and purpose-built gallery for the historic South Kensington site. Fladgate’s construction team, led by Digby Hebbard, acted for the V&A throughout this exciting project.  We initially engaged in connection with procurement and […]

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Fladgate advises on Amy Winehouse statue loan agreement

14 June 2017

Fladgate’s leisure team has acted for The Camden Market Management Company Limited on an agreement for the loan of the official Amy Winehouse statue, which is on display at Camden Market Stables. Winehouse (1983–2011) was a British singer and songwriter who had become strongly associated with Camden Town until her death in 2011.  The work […]

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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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A track record in public attractions

14 February 2017

Fladgate has a well-established practice and a long history of advising on projects in the public attractions and themed entertainment sectors, including tourist attractions, theme parks, cultural institutions, theatres, art galleries, zoos and gardens. We represented the Great Exhibition of 1851, and in 1862 we were instructed by Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, to help set up the […]

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London’s Design Museum opens the doors

5 December 2016

Fladgate LLP is delighted that after a four-year transformation, London’s Design Museum has opened the doors to its new home on Kensington High Street. After an £83m renovation, the now converted Commonwealth Institute will display the museum’s permanent exhibition for free for the first time in its history and is expected to attract 650,000 visitors […]

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Chambers UK 2017 rates Fladgate LLP

4 November 2016

Fladgate LLP has continued to be highly rated by Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2017, with a number of the firm’s partners ranked as leading individuals. Construction: Purchaser Leading individuals: Gillian Birkby, Alan Erwin, Alan Woolston What the team is known for: Well-regarded practice with a purchaser-side focus. Advises on high-value transactional and […]

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