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Co-working spaces – what owners/operators should be doing to combat sexual harassment 

Caroline Philipps, Michelle Waknine |

Harvey Weinstein, Philip Green, Ray Kelvin, the founder of clothing brand “Ted Baker” – three big names and three big stories, as sexual harassment in the workplace continues to make headlines in the news. As the #MeToo movement gains momentum, a new voice is now making itself heard; that of the people who share co-working […]


Fladgate advises BATM Advanced Communications Ltd on its US$18m Placing and Subscription

Avram Kelman, Laura Priestley |

Fladgate was delighted to advise BATM Advanced Communications Ltd (BATM) on its Placing and Subscription to raise US$18m. The leading Israeli provider of real-time technologies for networking solutions and medical laboratory systems announced its successful placing and subscription to trading on the premium segment of the Main Market on London Stock Exchange on 24 June […]


Heading for a Hard Brexit? Thoughts for the Facilities Management Outsourcing sector

Tim Wright |

It is the last week of June 2019. The UK referendum took place three years ago in June 2016. In March the following year, Prime Minister May wrote to Donald Tusk triggering the Article 50 process and the UK looked set to leave the EU on 29 March 2019. The date was enshrined in law […]


Fladgate advises Ocado on the sale of Marie Claire Beauty Limited

Grant Gordon, Amy Collins, Michael McCartney, Hamilton Forrest, Diana Mennie, Laura Priestley, Tim Wright |

Fladgate was delighted to advise Ocado on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Marie Claire Beauty Limited (trading as Fabled) to Next Group. Fabled by Marie Claire launched in August 2016 and currently offers over 250 premium beauty brands via www.fabled.com and its beauty store in central London. Next acquired Marie Claire Beauty […]


Increase in land values: is it too early to benefit from the impact of Crossrail 2?

Amanda Hado-Bodfield |

Increase in land values: is it too early to benefit from the impact of Crossrail 2? Now it has been given the green light, have house prices along the proposed line of Crossrail 2 started to increase, and where will the smart money buy? Crossrail 2 would spur the regeneration of under-developed areas, such as […]


Mitigating risk for lenders of brownfield sites

Jenny Sargeant |

Mitigating risk for lenders of brownfield sites We are currently running our Brownfield Campaign to explore opportunities within this sector for our clients (you can follow the campaign at #FladgateBrownfield).  As part of this we hosted a Lender Think Tank for clients and have been looking into the various risks associated with brownfield investment and […]


Unoccupied Homes: Owners beware!

Leanne Meredith |

Unoccupied Homes: Owners beware! As frequently reported in the news, local councils are under increasing pressure to find homes for their residents, there is however limited stock available. Councils are therefore under pressure to both be more creative about how residents are accommodated, and use all available options to make sure that housing stock is […]


Delivering the housing we need: some observations from industry

Nick Wood |

Background – The Housing Crisis Whether you work in the property industry or not, undoubtedly you will have heard that we are in the midst of a “housing crisis”. When people talk about this in the United Kingdom, they are by and large talking about the fact that average prices for residential dwellings rose from […]


Changes to the EU's Prospectus Regime: the new Prospectus Regulation

Paul Airley, Sandra Bates, Grant Gordon, Nigel Gordon, Avram Kelman, Julian Lewis, David Robinson, Neil Vickers |

Introduction EU Regulation 2017/1129 and its Delegated Regulation (dated 14 March 2019) come into force on 21 July 2019 in full, replacing the previous prospectus regime. The principal purpose of the reforms is to make it easier and less costly for businesses to access the capital markets by reducing the regulatory burden on issuers, and […]


Spanish football league La Liga fined around €250,000 for a breach of GDPR

Eddie Powell, Thomas Edwards |

The top Spanish football league, La Liga, has been fined around €250,000 for a breach of the GDPR by the Spanish data protection agency, AEPD. In an effort to combat piracy of Spanish football live matches, La Liga allegedly used a smart phone app to collect users data without users’ specific consent. AEPD therefore levied […]


Fladgate advises Ocado on its investment into Jones Food Company

Grant Gordon, Jamie Hamilton, Diana Mennie, Michelle Waknine, Caroline Philipps, Anthony Reeves, Thomas Edwards |

Fladgate advised Ocado on its recent investment into vertical farming start-up, Jones Food Company. The transaction comprised a partial buyout of the seed investors and a further equity investment backing the management team. Described as the world’s most advanced vertical farm, Jones Food Company has a 5,000 square-metre facility in North Lincolnshire, with LED-lit and […]


Fladgate acts on the sale of Bolt Learning

Anthony Reeves, Ian Brent |

Fladgate has acted on the sale of e-learning provider Bolt to private equity firm Aliter Capital. The team, led by corporate partner Ian Brent, acted for the investors in Bolt, a consortium led by serial entrepreneur Tom Fender. Since launching in 2014, Bolt has become the chosen online learning provider to a large number of […]