Fladgate has a well-established practice and a long history of advising clients in the public attractions sector. 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 Smithsonian Institution.
Nowadays our work is an extension of our construction, real estate, corporate, intellectual property, employment and litigation teams which continue to collaborate with the best in the public attractions sector on a wide variety of projects and on all aspects of the business of public attractions.
We are experienced in acting for clients working in the themed entertainment sector, for tourist attractions, cultural institutions, theatres, art galleries, museums, zoos and gardens in both the UK and internationally. Our experience and wide client base provides our lawyers with a unique perspective of our clients opportunities and challenges and gives us a valuable insight which we find helpful when advising them.
We advise on all stages of the planning process from new public attractions through to enabling existing facilities to be used in new ways, such as to meet the increasing demand for a broader night time culture and entertainment offering. Our construction and real estate teams advise on the procurement and project delivery phases including procurement strategy, advice on live projects, resolution of legacy issues and health and safety. At a time when the way in which public attractions engage with members of the public has never been more creative, we are experienced in ensuring that intellectual property rights are adequately protected and advise on business protection issues.
During the operational phases, we advise on reputation management, employment and ongoing issues relating to the state and condition of an attraction, landlord and tenant issues and the cost of undertaking building repairs.