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Can employers force workers to have the Covid-19 vaccine?

Michael McCartney, Mike Tremeer, Taj Rehal, Caroline Philipps, Ingrid Hesselbo |

At the time of writing some 4.61 million people in the UK have received their initial Covid-19 vaccination, most over the age of 70 and in the main retired. With the aim of the government to ensure that all over 18s have been offered the vaccine by September, increasingly employers will be thinking about how […]


Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Government update

Mike Tremeer, Michael McCartney, Ingrid Hesselbo, Taj Rehal, Caroline Philipps |

On 26 March the Government (HMRC) published guidance giving details of its Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.  The guidance has since been updated a number of times; on 4 April, 9 April, 15 April, 17 April and most recently on 20 April.  The current, updated guidance can be seen here. On 15 April the Treasury also […]


Fladgate advises Schumacher Packaging on its acquisition of Jaffabox

Alex Kaufmann, Hamilton Forrest, James Fry, Nathan Carter-Smith, Roland Brandman, Gemma Grunewald, Caroline Philipps, Ashleigh Brinklow |

Fladgate has advised Schumacher Packaging Group, one of the largest family-run manufacturers of packaging solutions made from corrugated board and solid board, on its acquisition of Midlands headquartered and family-managed Jaffabox Ltd. The takeover is the latest strategic step the Germany based group has taken as the business continues to expand.  The acquisition represents Schumacher’s […]


Fladgate advised KCR Residential REIT plc on its placing of shares raising £4.05m

Nigel Gordon, David Lee, Paul Airley, Kim Fowler, Kelly Whiter, Thomas Edwards, Edward Morgan, Caroline Philipps, Ashleigh Brinklow, Richard Reuben, Yasmin Daswani, Tim Reinhard |

Fladgate was pleased to act for KCR Residential REIT plc on the subscription by private equity fund, Torchlight for 9 million ordinary shares for a total subscription of £4.05m and the grant of an option to subscribe for an additional 50 million ordinary shares. KCR intends to consolidate its presence in the UK and to […]


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

Michelle Waknine, Caroline Philipps |

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

Michelle Waknine, Jamie Hamilton, Thomas Edwards, Grant Gordon, Caroline Philipps |

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

Michelle Waknine, Jamie Hamilton, Grant Gordon, Caroline Philipps |

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

Julian Lewis, James Fry, Hamilton Forrest, Nathan Carter-Smith, Gemma Grunewald, Alex Haffner, Luke Morris, Caroline Philipps |

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

Gemma Grunewald, Caroline Philipps, Ian Brent |

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

Mike Tremeer, Caroline Philipps |

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

Nigel Gordon, Caroline Philipps |

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

Caroline Philipps |

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 […]