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Co-working spaces – what owners/operators should be doing to combat sexual harassment 

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Harvey Weinstein, Philip Green, Ray Kelvin, the founder of clothing brand “Ted Baker” – three big names and three big stories, as sexual harassment in the workplace continues to make headlines in the news. As the #MeToo movement gains momentum, a new voice is now making itself heard; that of the people who share co-working […]


Fladgate advises Ocado on its investment into Jones Food Company

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Fladgate advised Ocado on its recent investment into vertical farming start-up, Jones Food Company. The transaction comprised a partial buyout of the seed investors and a further equity investment backing the management team. Described as the world’s most advanced vertical farm, Jones Food Company has a 5,000 square-metre facility in North Lincolnshire, with LED-lit and […]


Fladgate advises Ocado on investment into Karakuri

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Fladgate was delighted to advise Ocado Group’s venture arm on its investment into UK-based tech start-up, Karakuri. Reshaping the future of ready-to-eat meals, Karakuri’s robotic automation systems cater to bespoke nutritional requirements whilst minimising food waste. Leading the £7m seed round, Ocado confirmed an equity investment of £4.75m, acquiring 18% of the company and a […]


Fladgate advises Seko S.p.A on the acquisition of the Brightwell Group

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Fladgate has advised Seko S.p.A, an Italian based global leader in the design and manufacture of dosing pumps and metering systems on the acquisition of the UK headquartered Brightwell Group. Brightwell is a designer and manufacturer of professional hygiene equipment and chemical dispensing and dosing systems. Brightwell is already active in 85 countries and will […]


Fladgate advises BB7 on investment by BGF and acquisition of Omega Fire Engineering

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Fladgate has advised fire sector specialist BB7 on the investment of £6m by BGF, the UK and Ireland’s most active investor in growing businesses, to create the leading UK fire and security consultancy through acquisition. This began with the acquisition of Manchester based specialist fire consultancy Omega Fire, which will broaden BB7’s geographic reach and service offering.


Sexual harassment in the workplace: What English companies need to know

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What constitutes sexual harassment? In England and Wales, it is unwanted conduct of a sexual nature which has the purpose or effect of violating the victim’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for the victim. The victim also has protection from being treated less favourably because they have rejected or […]


Fladgate advises Papua Mining plc on acquisition of BGM Investments and £2m placing

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Fladgate LLP has advised AIM listed Papua Mining plc on its agreement to acquire the entire issued share capital of BGM Investments Pty Ltd (a private Australian company with three projects covering gold, copper, silver and zinc exploration targets in Queensland, north eastern Australia) and a conditional placing to raise up to £2m. Papua Mining […]


Male bosses avoid being alone with women at work

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The issue of sexual harassment in the workplace is very much in the news, following recent revelations about the mistreatment of women (in particular) in Hollywood, and now in the world of politics. However, this type of behaviour does not just occur in high-profile industries. Indeed, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has reported […]


Fladgate advises Sirius Petroleum plc on readmission to AIM and fundraising

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Fladgate LLP has advised AIM listed Sirius Petroleum plc on its proposed readmission to trading on AIM as an operating company, contemporaneous with a US$9.5m equity placing and entry into a convertible loan facility of US$12m with London Oil & Gas Limited. The combined proceeds of the placing and the convertible loan facility will allow the Company […]


Fladgate celebrates a bumper run closing five AIM deals for clients in the energy and resources sector

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Fladgate’s capital markets team has had an impressive run to the end of 2017 after successfully closing its fifth AIM listed transaction last week. Sirius Petroleum’s proposed re-admission to AIM and US$21.5m fundraising follows deals for Angus Energy, Papua Mining, Tri-Star Resources and Tiger Resource Finance. More details below: Sirius Petroleum plc: readmission to AIM as […]


Cinema Holiday Pay

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The question of how to calculate holiday pay has been perplexing employers and their legal advisers since 2014, when a case brought by a British Gas worker upset the status quo. The worker in question, Mr Lock, received results-based commission in addition to his basic salary. However, when he was on holiday, Mr Lock was […]


Gender pay gap - draft guidance is published

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With gender pay gap reporting obligations almost upon us, the Government Equalities Office and ACAS this week published their draft guidance (Guidance). The Guidance is a step-by-step guide for employers on the types of data they need to publish and how they should calculate gender pay gaps prior to publication. The first snapshot date is […]