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Fladgate advises Black Sheep Coffee Group on acquisition from Taylor St Baristas

Jamie Hamilton, Seetal Modi, Victoria Brownell, Wing Tang, Eddie Powell, Michelle Waknine, Adam Baker, Madeleine Holding, Emily Comber, Gideon Dabby-Joory |

Fladgate LLP has advised Black Sheep Coffee Group (BSCG) on a complex agreement involving the acquisition of assets including eight cafes from Taylor St Baristas- a London-based, speciality coffee retailer. The addition of these cafes increases the number of the BSCG estate to 33 across London and Manchester and an additional franchise in the Philippines. […]


GDPR issues in the fight against piracy - Eddie Powell and Thomas Edwards in Sportcal

Eddie Powell, Thomas Edwards |

It is no secret that piracy of live sports broadcasts is one of the biggest problems currently faced by both sports leagues and sports broadcasters. Corporate Partner Eddie Powell and Trainee Thomas Edwards recently commented on the GDPR issues in the fight against piracy, “If you are processing someone’s personal data, then you have a […]


Spanish football league La Liga fined around €250,000 for a breach of GDPR

Eddie Powell, Thomas Edwards |

The top Spanish football league, La Liga, has been fined around €250,000 for a breach of the GDPR by the Spanish data protection agency, AEPD. In an effort to combat piracy of Spanish football live matches, La Liga allegedly used a smart phone app to collect users data without users’ specific consent. AEPD therefore levied […]


Insta-infringement

Eddie Powell, Thomas Edwards |

Famous fashion model Gigi Hadid is being sued in the USA for copyright infringement, and not for the first time. Hadid is widely considered to be one of the most well-known models in the world, and has appeared in all of the major fashion publications over the last year. However, Hadid has found herself in […]


Brexit and Data Protection

Eddie Powell |

General position In amongst all the uncertainties of Brexit, the good (or bad, depending on your outlook) news is that GDPR will definitely still apply in UK, as part of our domestic law, for the foreseeable future, whatever happens. So Brexit should make very little difference to the way that your business handles data protection […]


ARGOS aggro: UK infringement issues arising from US advertising site

Eddie Powell |

The Court of Appeal for England and Wales was asked to consider a case where two companies were using the same name in different territories, both legitimately, but one decided to exploit traffic mistakenly hitting its website by using targeted ads[1] The dispute involved two businesses who shared the “Argos” name, but on different sides […]


Most Favoured Nations clauses back in the regulatory spotlight

Eddie Powell, Alex Haffner |

Last week the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced was minded to find against ComparetheMarket (CtM) (the company that increased our knowledge of meerkats) for enforcing “most favoured nation” clauses with home insurers that are anti-competitive.  If upheld, the CMA’s provisional ruling will result in the offending clauses being declared void and CtM could be […]


ICO penalty for spam overturned

Eddie Powell, Thomas Edwards |

A fine imposed by the ICO on a company accused of sending millions of unsolicited emails was overturned last month by the Appeal Tribunal[1]. The ICO had initially issued the fine against Xerpla Ltd, for a breach of regulation 22 of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) against unsolicited communications. In brief, this regulation […]


Fladgate acts on acquisition for London Executive Offices

Eddie Powell, Gavin Whitney, Madeleine Holding, Muhammed Bhaimohmed, Fiona Dreghorn |

As well as assisting London Executive Offices (LEO) with various asset management matters, Fladgate LLP is delighted to have been able to act on another acquisition for them, this time at One King William Street. LEO already had three floors in the building but has now added two further floors and extended the existing leases so […]


Fake online reviews: TripAdvisor leads the fight

Eddie Powell, Thomas Edwards |

In June 2018 a criminal court in Lecce, Italy handed down a landmark ruling, convicting an individual of fraud for posting fake reviews online. The court passed down a sentence against the owner of PromoSalento, a company which sold false reviews to hospitality businesses, finding him guilty on the grounds of using a fake identity […]


Personal data: a global commodity subject to regional rules

Eddie Powell, Gerald Brent |

The introduction within the EU of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) led to frantic scrambles in the EU to achieve compliance. Such behaviour is understandable, given how easily a complaint may be made to a supervisory authority about organisations which allegedly breach data protection rules: in Britain, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has provided […]


European Unified Patent Court agreement ratified by the UK

Eddie Powell, Gerald Brent |

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 […]