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.
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Legal 500 2016
Fladgate LLP’s “cerebral and dedicated” practice… advises on a portfolio of leisure-related construction projects globally.
Fladgate LLP’s “cerebral and dedicated” practice includes “incisive adviser” Barry Hembling, who has been busy on behalf of Merlin Entertainments, advising on a portfolio of leisure-related construction projects globally. The team also has expertise in renewable energy and is acting for BTS Biogas on the construction of an anaerobic digestion plant in south Yorkshire. Alan Woolston heads the practice and handles a mix of contentious and non-contentious work.
Legal 500 2016
Well-regarded practice with a purchaser-side focus. Advises on high-value transactional and contentious matters and often deals with leisure, infrastructure, energy and property development matters. “The team provides a quality service and understands the importance of timely advice, pragmatic solutions and cost certainty.” “With Fladgate we can rest assured that each area of legal and contractual exposure has been methodically reasoned with appropriate advice and implementation.” Advised Merlin Entertainments on its ongoing expansion work and portfolio of construction projects across the globe, worth hundreds of millions of pounds in total.
Chambers UK 2017
Regularly retained by owners, operators, investment vehicles and developers to act on complex projects, throughout the UK. Serves clients across the full gamut of the market including those with gaming, cinema, hotel and restaurant assets. Advised Global Gaming Ventures on the acquisition of two casino properties in England worth a combined £32.6 million. Acted for Starboard Hotels on its acquisition of a portfolio of Ibis hotels from Accor through a purchase and franchise agreement.
Chambers UK 2017
Mark Harnett of Fladgate LLP assists public and private sector clients across the full range of planning law, including compulsory purchase matters, Section 106 agreements and enforcement cases. Clients find him to be “a great choice of planning lawyer for both the big-picture stuff and the details stuff.”
Chambers UK 2017
Advises a broad client base on domestic and international contracts, such as acting for Media & Sport Management on ‘off-grid’ racing events in Jerusalem and Moscow. Key partners include dual-qualified South African lawyer Grant Gordon, IP and technology specialist Eddie Powell and the multilingual Alex Kaufmann. Advice is “good, quick and practical.”
Legal 500 2014
Represents a broad array of clients, including significant hotel chains, luxury resorts, leisure facilities and restaurant groups. Offers international expertise and experienced in handling cross-border transactions in Europe. “Thorough and accessible. They have a good breadth of experienced partners and all the necessary specialists.”
Chambers UK 2015