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European Unified Patent Court agreement ratified by the UK

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On 26 April, the UK ratified the EU’s Unified Patent Court (UPC) agreement. Although much of intellectual property law and practice is already harmonised amongst EU member states, a UPC would set up a common patent court for the hearing of intellectual property cases, and the direct applicability of its rulings, across all EU member […]


Fladgate advises Alyssum and Victor on fundraising, restructuring and acquisition

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Fladgate LLP has advised Alyssum Group Ltd and its principal subsidiary Fly Victor Ltd on three transformative transactions: an $18m equity fundraising, where the lead investors were Victor’s cornerstone investor BP Ventures and new strategic investor BBA Aviation; a corporate restructuring, which saw the formation of a group of companies with Alyssum at its head, […]


TV format protection - more details needed

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Introduction From Bullseye to Mastermind and from The Chase to Eggheads, it is undeniable that the public love a TV game show.  Who (in the UK) doesn’t remember Judith Keppel sensationally becoming the first winner of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?  A total of 14.9 million UK viewers (that is about a quarter of […]


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 […]


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 […]


Cabbage will get UK porridge – but is it grey enough?

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Readers may well be familiar with the regional exhaustion rule which applies to IP rights in the EU, including (for the time being) the UK. Under this rule, IP rights can be exhausted where they are put on the market with the consent of the proprietor in one part of the EU, even if they […]


Fladgate advises Mindspace on the opening of its first London coworking space

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Fladgate has assisted Mindspace, a European provider of coworking space, in its entry into the UK market and all legal aspects relating to the opening of its first facility in London.  This involved completing a lease of two floors totalling 31,000 sq ft at the Relay Building, London E1 and assisting Mindspace with its plans […]


Don’t get caught “softlifting”

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Fines to UK SMEs exceeded £900,000 in 2016 for using unlicensed software It is certainly no secret that software has become an integral part of the success of modern businesses in recent years. Business management software has assisted with running operations more efficiently, cost reduction and replacement of paper processes. Cloud computing software has also […]


Kering wins Luxury Law Award for Sustainability

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Fladgate’s luxury law team, sponsors of the Sustainability Award at the Luxury Law Awards 2017, congratulates Kering on winning the award.  The Luxury Law Awards are designed to recognise the skills that it takes to guide a luxury business or brand to profitable success and the legal teams who stand behind the best luxury business […]


Royal Assent received for the Digital Economy Act 2017

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New legislation introduced to extend digital connectivity, regulate direct marketing and protect consumers from unexpected phone bills and ticket bots. The Digital Economy Act 2017 (Act) has officially made its way into UK law.  The Act addresses some of the many issues arising in conjunction with the surge in use of technology, digital media and […]


Event: New Data Protection rules – are you ready?

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In May 2018, the Data Protection Act 1998 will be effectively scrapped and replaced with tougher Europe-wide rules, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  The Government has confirmed that […]

Fladgate advises on the sale of the Magal Group to Arlington Industries

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Fladgate has advised on the sale of the Magal Group, an industry leading automotive component and system supplier, to Arlington Industries, a Cartesian Capital Group backed supplier to the automotive and aerospace sectors. Magal is recognised as a tier one global strategic supplier, attaining preferred supplier status with Ford, Daimler, Jaguar Land Rover, Renault Nissan […]