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Most Favoured Nations clauses back in the regulatory spotlight

Eddie Powell, Alex Haffner |

Last week the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced was minded to find against ComparetheMarket (CtM) (the company that increased our knowledge of meerkats) for enforcing “most favoured nation” clauses with home insurers that are anti-competitive.  If upheld, the CMA’s provisional ruling will result in the offending clauses being declared void and CtM could be […]


Restrictions in lease agreements: Competition law matters

Alex Haffner |

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced that Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) has settled a competition law investigation into its lease agreement with a hotel operator, Arora.[1]  The settlement was reached on the basis that HAL accepted it had breached the competition law rules, paid a fine of £1.6 million, and removed the offending […]


Partnering with celebrity chefs: How to get it right first time

Alex Haffner |

Hotels have long recognised the value that on-site restaurants can bring to their offering.  They are increasingly joining forces with celebrity chefs to forge partnerships aiming to run restaurants of distinction and culinary sophistication. Such ventures work best when they are framed as a genuine partnership, designed to ensure that the joint brand is worth […]


Fladgate advises Abbey Hotels (Bath) Limited on signature Marco Pierre White and Pierre Koffmann restaurant

Alex Haffner |

Fladgate advised Abbey Hotels (Bath) on the negotiation and signing of a contract with Black and White Limited on behalf of the world renowned chefs Marco Pierre White and Pierre Koffmann. Under the deal, the two chefs will put their name to a signature restaurant at the Abbey Hotel Bath, due to open in September 2018. […]


Fladgate advises Fore Fitness on the sale of 13 easyGym sites to The Gym Group

Stephen Lewis, Anthony Reeves, Rebecca Tavares, Mike Tremeer, Alex Haffner, Ian Brent |

Fladgate have advised Fore Fitness on the sale of 13 easyGym sites to The Gym Group. The initial consideration is £20.6m, with an additional £4.1m payable when lease extensions are agreed on two sites. Fore Fitness is to focus its operations on the easyGym franchise model going forward. The deal was completed within an intense […]


New panel win for Fladgate’s Sports Business Group

James Earl, Alex Haffner |

The Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) has invited Fladgate LLP to join its new legal panel following a competitive tender process. The legal panel will be comprised of four law firms which, together with in-house Legal Counsel Rod McKenzie, will service all of the SPFL’s diverse legal requirements. Alex Haffner, who will act as the […]


Coty scents competition law victory for brand owners

Alex Haffner |

In a much anticipated judgment, the European Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) has determined that EU competition law does not prevent luxury brands imposing restrictions on the use by distributors of third party e-commerce platforms. The judgment confirms the opinion expressed by the Advocate General to the court (see https://www.fladgate.com/2017/08/eu-general-court-opinion-delivers-boost-brands-selling-online/) that such […]


Sports Broadcasting: Murdoch forced to wait longer to get his hands on Sky!

Alex Haffner |

To no-one’s great surprise, it was announced, on 20 September 2017. that the UK Culture Secretary, Karen Bradley MP, was “referring” the proposed acquisition by 21st Century Fox of Sky, which, amongst other programming, is a significant sports broadcaster in the UK, for scrutiny by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). 21st Century Fox, one […]


Competition and Markets Authority fines golf club manufacturer £1.45m for imposing an online sales ban

Muhammed Bhaimohmed, Alex Haffner |

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the UK’s primary competition and consumer authority, has fined Ping Europe Limited (Ping) £1.45m for preventing two UK retailers from selling Ping’s golf clubs online. Although Ping had a commercial objective, imposing the restriction to promote in-store customer fitting, the CMA concluded that Ping could have achieved this through […]


EU General Court opinion delivers boost to brands selling online

Alex Haffner, Ben Milloy |

You don’t need to be a PR guru to know that branding is all about image. This is never truer than for high-end or luxury brands, which strive to deliver a customer experience that is consistent with, and can be justified by, the price tag. This sensitivity to customer experience is borne out in distributor […]


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

Alex Haffner, Ben Milloy |

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 […]


Fladgate strengthens competition and regulatory with partner appointment

Charles Wander, Alex Haffner |

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 […]