Public Attractions

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.

If you have any questions or queries please call Digby on +44 (0)20 3036 7209 or email

Fladgate LLP’s “cerebral and dedicated” practice… advises on a portfolio of leisure-related construction projects globally.

Legal 500 2016
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‘Response times and value-for-money are very good’ at Fladgate LLP, where the team continues to undertake a range of instructions in key sectors such as hotels and leisure, renewable energy, and museums and exhibitions. Digby Hebbard advised the Science Museum Group on the construction of its new interactive and maths galleries.  International construction specialist Barry Hembling is another key contact.

Legal 500 2017

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

  • Legoland – advising on the construction of new Legoland theme parks in Japan and Korea and projects at existing parks in Denmark, Germany and the UK.
  • Dreamland Theme Park – acting on the £multi-million acquisition of this theme park and challenge (heard by the Court of Appeal) to a Compulsory Purchase Order in respect of the site which extends to approx. 60,000 sq m.
  • Thorpe Park – acting on the construction of Derren Brown’s Ghost Train, a new immersive psychological rollercoaster and on the fit out of a new themed attraction based on the ITV Series I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.
  • Madame Tussauds – advising on the construction of Madame Tussauds Istanbul, Chongqing, Singapore, Delhi, Dubai, Berlin and London.
  • London Film Museum – providing commercial legal advice to the museum.
  • British Airways i360 – advising on the construction documentation for the 162 metre high observation tower on Brighton’s seafront which is the cornerstone for the regeneration of Brighton’s seafront by the former West Pier.


  • SEA LIFE – advising on the construction of SEA LIFE London, Istanbul, Chongqing, Rome, Brighton, Paris, Speyer and Sydney.
  • V&A – advising on the £140m Olympicopolis development at Stratford; the £40m Exhibition Road gallery project; the £30m Medieval and Renaissance gallery; and £15m refurbishment of the European Gallery.
  • London Design Museum – advising on the agreement between Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and Chelsfield for planning permission and listed building consent for refurbishment of the Commonwealth Institute and associated residential development.
  • Science Museum Group – acting on the procurement, delivery and completion of the £5m Mathematics gallery; £3m Media gallery; and £2m interactive gallery.
  • O2 Arena – advising on the contract for the design and construction of the Sky Brand Portal, Staircase and Backstage bar.
  • Camden Market Holding Corp – advising on a £230m refinancing facility secured on Camden landmark, Stables Market, with affiliates of the Japanese investment bank, Nomura International Plc.
  • Outdoor festival venue London 2012 – advising on the suite of contractual arrangements for the development of the outdoor festival venue for the London 2012 Olympic Games and the three year legacy project on land at Royal Victoria Docks.
  • Secret Cinema – advising on real estate and contentious matters, including a dispute with the former provider of a themed restaurant at their Star Wars event.
  • Wembley – resolution of substantial disputes over many years in relation to the high profile performance issues of the contractor, Multiplex.
  • RFU – advising on the design and build contract for the £600k refurbishment and fit-out of its HQ at Twickenham Stadium.
  • Weston Homes – advising on the sponsorship agreement in relation to the Weston Homes Community Stadium, home to Colchester United FC.
  • MCA Pune International Cricket Centre – advising on the professional appointments for a new cricket stadium.
  • Advising on ski related projects including the renewal of the chairlifts at Falls Creek, Australia, and a snowmaking plant for real snow ski slopes.