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Supreme Court’s final judgment on Covid 19 business interruption policies

Alexander Wildschütz, Tim Reinhard, Christabel Sutton |

The Supreme Court has now delivered the highly anticipated final judgment clarifying insurer’s liabilities under business interruption policies in relation to Covid 19 losses. The Supreme Court upheld the earlier High Court ruling which provided good news for policyholders. The proceedings were instigated by the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) under the Financial Markets Test Case […]


Banking Batteries: Debt financing grid-scale battery storage projects

Sam Tye |

Investment in grid scale battery storage projects in the United Kingdom experienced a surge in investment in 2016 as developers looked to take advantage of attractively priced firm frequency response (FFR) contracts and the enhanced frequency response (EFR) tender. Since that initial wave of investment the prices achievable through providing FFR halved as supply outstripped […]


Scaling your EdTech business - key commercial law issues for management consideration

Tim Wright, Alex Haffner, Ravi Goonesena, Michelle Waknine |

To download the article as a PDF, click here. The opportunities for e-learning providers and other Educational Technology (EdTech) businesses looking to scale their businesses continue to look very promising, with the EdTech sector on track to reach £3.4 billion by 2021 in the UK, and £128 billion globally. According to the Tech Nation Report […]


Is it ever right for a wealth tax?

Gemma Grunewald, Jonathan Riley, Neal Todd |

On 9 December 2020 The Wealth Tax Commission published its final report, strongly endorsing a one-off wealth tax as a means to raise substantial revenue for the Exchequer. No doubt in these times of economic strain, a one-off wealth tax would be a source of revenue for the Government. The report suggests that a one-off […]


Fladgate launches inaugural M&A trend tracker

David Robinson, Anthony Shatz |

We are delighted to publish the inaugural edition of our M&A trend tracker. This publication analyses data from a sample of 20 M&A transactions on which Fladgate advised during the first half of 2019 (H1 2019) and the first half of 2020 (H1 2020). Our analysis highlights how some deal terms remain consistent, whereas other […]


Twenty Twenty Gone - New Year, New Dawn

Hetty Gleave |

At the beginning of 2020 the word on everyone’s lips was Brexit. By February that was rapidly overtaken by a new word in our vocabulary, Covid, and the implications of a deal/no deal Brexit seemed to pale into insignificance. The sudden and drastic measures ushered in as a result of the Covid virus have caused […]


BREXIT – Where now for financial services?

Charles Proctor |

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it […]


Review of the UK Listing Regime - December 2020

Neil Vickers |

Chancellor Sunak has established the Hill Review to consider reforms to the FCA’s Listing Rules It has not taken the UK Government long to look for possible areas of divergence from the EU’s regulatory landscape. The Hill Review aims to tailor the FCA’s Listing Regime more precisely to the needs of companies, investors and the […]


To SPAC or not to SPAC?

Neil Vickers |

Pros and cons of reversing a business into a listed shell or to IPO directly on the LSE Standard List or AIM markets Recent trends Much comment has been generated by the increase in the number and scale of US technology and other IPOs this year. Much of this has been driven by a new […]


Football waits for the chips to fall on gambling law reforms

Thomas Edwards, Alan Wetterhahn |

The Culture Secretary for the UK Government has announced a wide-spread review into the UK’s gambling laws (notably the Gambling Act 2005), to ensure that the laws are fit for purpose in the digital age. The review, which closes at the end of March 2021, could have a devastating economic impact on the UK’s professional […]


The prudent trustee: Non-UK trusts and CGT reform

Jonathan Riley, Helen Cox, Helena Luckhurst, Mark Spash |

14 December 2020 The UK Government is considering recommendations that have been made to reform Capital Gains Tax (CGT).  The recommendations were made in a report last month by the government appointed Office of Tax Simplification.  We reported in July and November that trustees should consider taking a number of steps in view of possible […]


The post-Brexit shakeup of the English football transfer market

Thomas Edwards, Alan Wetterhahn |

A new plan for the recruitment and transfer of international football players has been announced which could have a huge impact on the dominance of the English Premier League (EPL). The plan is to be introduced after the UK formally exits the EU and the transition period ends on 1 January 2021 and will apply […]