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Who should pay for replacing flammable cladding?


First legal case raises more questions than answers The first case on liability for the costs of replacing flammable cladding provides little comfort to lessees.  The call by a first tier tribunal for the introduction of a warranty scheme to meet the repair costs was made after acknowledging that litigation on this issue is unlikely to […]

Why future cities will be smart


Cities are the future, and future cities will be smart. Urbanisation is one of the continuing trends of the twenty first century.  In 1800, just 2% of the world’s population was urbanised.  In 2008, that figure passed 50%.  If current growth trends continue, 65-75% of the world’s population will live in urban centres by 2050.  […]

Rail projects: 3 mistakes your team must avoid


The sector holds many demons but disputes over complex contracts and tricky engineering can be dodged with a few sensible steps. With record levels of investment in the rail sector, parties carrying out track works should learn from previous disputes to avoid the same mistakes being repeated. Here are three points to consider. Agree relevant […]

Flammable cladding: important issues for occupiers to consider


Occupiers must be alert to changes to lending and insurance requirements as a result of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.  The fire initiated the largest review of health and safety legislation in the UK since 1945.  Two inquiries are currently underway which are expected to lead to substantial changes to building regulations and fire safety, with […]

Court bans abusive litigation tactics but for how long?


A welcome decision of the English High Court that potentially abusive litigation tactics cannot prevail could prove short-lived as a result of Brexit uncertainty. The usual court first seized rule applies where claims are issued by disputing parties in the courts of two or more EU member states.  This means that all courts must stay […]

Fladgate advises Khanna Enterprises on development of 145 bedroom hotel in Manchester

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Fladgate LLP has acted for Khanna Enterprises (Manchester) Limited on the acquisition of Invicta House, Atkinson Street, Manchester.  The purchase was conditional on securing planning permission for change of use from an office to a hotel and the subsequent development of a new build, 145 bedroom hotel.  Real estate partner James Fry led the Fladgate […]

New entitlements and potential pitfalls for Contractors in NEC4


Contractors, especially those to be engaged on public projects, may soon be working under new NEC4 standard form contracts introduced in June 2017. The new contracts, published by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), replace the 12 year old NEC3 suite. The changes are intended to support users’ changing requirements, stimulate good project management and […]

Where next for green bonds?


Green bonds have come a long way since they were first issued in 2007. As we mark their tenth birthday, what developments should we expect over the next few years? Green bonds use environmentally sustainable investments as a means to cut carbon emissions.  The issuer uses the bond proceeds to finance or refinance construction projects […]

Funding the Belt and Road: The challenges of attracting private investment


After the ambition of the Beijing summit, back in May 2017, comes the reality of financing the Belt and Road initiative (BRI).  How might the risks of building and operating BRI schemes be spread and what will be the role for private investment? Notwithstanding China’s substantial foreign currency reserves which are being made available for […]

Fladgate partner Barry Hembling speaks at Chatham House conference


Fladgate construction partner Barry Hembling spoke at the October 2017 Chatham House conference on the Belt and Road initiative, the world’s largest construction project. The conference examined the evolving framework of the Belt and Road initiative, the political and strategic considerations for its future, what it means for countries in its intended sphere, and the […]

2017 Legal 500 ranks Fladgate across the board

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Fladgate LLP is delighted to have achieved across the board rankings in the recently launched 2017 edition of the Legal 500 Guide to the UK Legal Profession. The firm achieved 26 rankings, with 59 lawyers attaining 91 individual recommendations.  Commercial contracts Fladgate LLP enhanced its commercial contracts offering with the recruitment of James Earl, an expert in the […]

Fladgate sponsors Oxford University international summit on One Belt One Road


Fladgate was delighted to sponsor the Oxford University international summit on the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative.  OBOR is a development strategy proposed by the Chinese government that represents the largest overseas investment drive ever launched by a single country and is based on a high level of coordination and cooperation between East and […]