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The seven deadly sins: common mistakes made when constructing and operating fairground and amusement rides

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Following a number of recent high profile accidents, the issue of health and safety in the themed entertainment industry continues to be under close scrutiny. Indeed, there is recognition that work remains to be done to satisfy the high health and safety standards that the public clearly expects.  Unfortunately, there are some common, but avoidable, […]


Step-in rights: Gilding the lily, or worth their weight in gold?

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Step-in rights can help to keep a project on the rails if it becomes distressed – but how effective are they? A common feature of collateral warranties or third-party rights is a right for the beneficiary (often a funder) to ‘step in’ and take over the developer’s rights as employer of a building contractor or […]


The Competition Appeal Tribunal’s “fast track” procedure: evening the playing field

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Given that most high-profile competition law actions tend to involve the decisions of large-scale regulators following heavily-protracted investigations (such as the recent seven-year EU commission investigation into Google’s online shopping offering), small businesses and consumers could be forgiven for thinking that redress in competition law is not a realistic proposition. It was, however, with this […]


‘Something tells me it’s all happening at the zoo’

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Chester Zoo fell victim to a type of fraud called ‘invoice hijacking’, where fraudsters intercept correspondence between two parties that have an existing contractual relationship and invoice the target for services that have actually been rendered. Chester Zoo had engaged Laing O’Rourke to carry out construction works for a safari experience valued at approximately £17 […]


Top tips for tenants: Repairs

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When a tenant decides to take a lease of new premises they are usually eager to get the deal “done and dusted”. Having been in contact with an agent throughout negotiations it’s usually second nature for the deal to be passed to a tenant’s lawyers with instructions “to get the deal done ASAP”. A well […]


Fladgate advises Zouk Capital on £30m investment into Green Hedge UK

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Fladgate has advised Zouk Capital on the £30m investment into Green Hedge UK.  The collaboration will facilitate the development, build and operation of nationwide battery energy storage projects.  The projects will be rolled out over the next 12 months, and will primarily focus on the evolving ancillary service market.  The transaction is the second Zouk […]


The Technosport case: use of “BMW” brand by independent dealer prohibited

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The UK Court of Appeal has recently provided some limited guidance on the fine line between using a brand legitimately to explain to the public the service that a company provides, and using a brand as a means of misleading the public into believing it is somehow linked to, or authorised by, the brand in […]


UK beneficial ownership registers: now it’s your turn, trustees

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On 26 June 2017, the UK Government introduced a beneficial ownership register for trusts for the first time, in response to its need to comply with the EU’s 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive. Which trusts will be affected and what will trustees have to do? The changes, contained in UK Regulations, affect both UK and non-UK […]


The new Prospectus Regulation

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Background The Prospectus Regulation (Regulation) was published in the EU Official Journal on 30 June 2017. This was the final step in a process, initiated in early 2015 by the EU Commission, of reviewing the existing prospectus regime with a view to helping smaller companies grow whilst at the same time protecting investors, as part […]


Fladgate rated as “firm to watch” by India Business Law Journal

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In a recently published report, India Business Law Journal has identified the leading foreign firms for work on major India-related matters. Fladgate is delighted to have been selected as a “firm to watch”. Accompanying editorial within the report states: “Fladgate is a magnet for high net worth entrepreneurs seeking advice on international tax and estate planning […]


Tactical budgeters beware

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When the Civil Procedure Rules introduced cost budgeting requirements for all but the highest value claims in 2014, a certain amount of speculation arose as to whether parties might be able to use tactical figures in their own cost budgets to manoeuvre themselves into a more favourable costs position compared to their opponent. The significance […]


Fladgate strengthens competition and regulatory with partner appointment

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Continuing the trend of strategic recruitment that has been a consistent feature in recent years, Fladgate LLP is delighted to announce the appointment of competition, regulatory and commercial partner Alex Haffner who joins from Dentons. Alex has significant experience dealing with UK, EU and international competition and regulatory authorities and has been involved in a […]