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Where next for green bonds?

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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

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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 […]


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

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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 […]


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, […]


Important safety checks required following Grenfell Tower fire

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The announcement by prime minister Theresa May on 28 June 2017 that the cladding used at Grenfell Tower did not comply with Building Regulations is a worrying development in this tragic saga.  How defective cladding came to be installed in circumstances where the public rightfully expect construction works to be properly carried out and certified […]


International investment opportunities in UK infrastructure

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The UK is currently developing over £500 billion worth of major infrastructure projects that include over 720 schemes set out by the National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline up to 2020/21. With only half of the funding estimated to be coming from public investment, the UK must look abroad for international investment partners if these ambitious […]


JCT contract updates in three easy steps

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There are new clauses in JCT contracts that require careful consideration. Some important changes have been introduced in the latest updates to the Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) suite of standard form contracts with which users must become familiar. The updates will affect most construction projects in the UK, where JCT contracts remain the most commonly […]


Grip tight and hold on: latest trends in the construction of amusement rides

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Quantitative risk assessment techniques are changing the way in which amusement rides are designed, inspected and operated.  Modern rides are becoming dependent on computer-based technology with control systems allowing rides to perform increasingly complex functions at very high speeds.  Passenger safety can depend on the correct operation of control systems and their failure could compromise […]


Health and safety doesn’t happen by accident

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Everyone loves the excitement of an adrenaline packed day at a theme park, but for some thrill seekers 2016 was a year to forget.  Injuries to passengers after the derailment of a rollercoaster carriage in June 2016 at the UK’s M&D’s Scotland theme park and fatalities on the Thunder River Rapids ride at Australia’s Dreamworld […]


A track record in public attractions

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Fladgate has a well-established practice and a long history of advising on projects in the public attractions and themed entertainment sectors, including tourist attractions, theme parks, cultural institutions, theatres, museums, art galleries, zoos and gardens. 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 […]


Fladgate assists Rockery Han with its construction expansion plans into UK market

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Rockery Han is a firm of landscape architects and contractors, well-known within China, with a long history in the Chinese tradition.  Rockery Han has designed, built, and repaired hundreds of classical landscape gardens in China, most notably the 2008 Beijing Olympic Park.  Fladgate have now been instructed to assist Rockery Han with its construction expansion plans […]