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Fladgate acts for syndicate of offshore investors on loan facilities

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Fladgate LLP has acted for a syndicate of offshore investors in connection with two loan facilities from Investec Bank plc.  These include: A £17m loan to refinance the acquisition of seven sites in Greenwich (total of c.12 acres), which the borrowers are looking to convert into in excess of 1,500 residential properties over two principal […]

New Bournemouth cinema for Odeon

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Fladgate is delighted that Odeon, Europe’s leading cinema chain, opened its doors at the new BH2 leisure complex in Bournemouth on 10 February. The 10 screen cinema will be one of Odeon’s most advanced flagships in the UK and is also the jewel in the crown of the new BH2 development.  It has been purpose […]

Leeds super casino opens for business at Victoria Gate, Leeds

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Fladgate LLP is delighted to have advised on the multimillion-pound Victoria Gate Casino that opened in Leeds on 26 January. The 1,400-capacity venue, operated by Global Gaming Ventures, is one of the largest casinos in the UK and forms part of a new retail and leisure scheme being undertaken by Hammerson. The 50,000 square foot […]

Fladgate advises Global Gaming Ventures on its new casino in Leeds

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Fladgate has advised Global Gaming Ventures (Group) Limited (GGV) in relation to the real estate aspects of the financing of its new casino in Leeds. The Gambling Act 2005 provided bidders with the opportunity to establish 8 new large and 8 new small casino licences.  GGV won two of these new large casino premises licences […]

Across the board rankings for Fladgate in Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers 2015

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Fladgate is delighted that a number of its partners and associates have been ranked in the 2015 Super Lawyers UK List, published by Thomson Reuters. Super Lawyers Banking Law Paul Howcroft Kim McMurray Charles Proctor Business Affairs Paul Airley Avram Kelman Eddie Powell David Robinson Commercial Litigation Simon Ekins Commercial Property Antonia Brandes Allen Cohen […]

Fladgate advises Point West GR Limited on acquisition

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Fladgate LLP advised Point West GR Limited on the acquisition of Point West, a mixed use development consisting of 399 apartments and three commercial tenants, including Sainsbury’s and David Lloyd. Real estate litigation partner Thekla Fellas, real estate partner Darran Smith and corporate partner Jeremy Whiteson advised the client, assisted by employment senior associate Mike […]

Primary Health Properties PLC acquires Primary Health Care Centres Limited

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Fladgate LLP has advised the owners of Primary Health Care Centres Limited (PHCC) on their sale of PHCC to Primary Health Properties PLC (PHP). PHP is the UK’s leading investor in modern primary healthcare facilities. PHCC owns 11 primary care properties, all of which are fully let generating a rent roll of £1.7m. PHP acquired […]

Fladgate acts on sale of Japanese restaurant Sake No Hana to Hakkasan Ltd

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Fladgate LLP has acted for Jamie Barber, bar and restaurant entrepreneur and owner of Hush, and his co-shareholders on the sale of the high-end Japanese restaurant Sake No Hana to Hakkasan Ltd for an undisclosed sum. Olswang LLP acted for Hakkasan. This transaction was the second time Fladgate has acted for Mr Barber, having been […]

A newt unto themselves


The great crested (or warty) newt, which is widespread across lowland England and prevalent in ponds in arable or pastoral settings or abandoned workings such as chalk or clay pits, can cause nightmares and cost thousands of pounds for any landowner or developer. A couple in Wiltshire have been prevented from moving back into their […]