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Fladgate advises Halkin Management on the acquisition of Central London office premises

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Fladgate LLP has again advised Halkin Management Company Limited, a serviced office provider and part of the Kingshott Holdings group, on the acquisition of another large Central London office premises, this time on Lower Thames Street and being part of The Northern & Shell Building, which is owned by Richard Desmond, the proprietor of the […]

Fladgate to advise Toys “R” Us Properties (UK) Limited in relation to its property portfolio

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Fladgate LLP are pleased to receive instructions to act for Toys “R” Us Properties (UK) Limited in relation to its property portfolio, following the troubles affecting the Toys “R” Us Opco. Gavin Whitney, client partner, commented: “We are very excited to be acting on this high profile project and the team are looking forward to […]

Fladgate advises London Executive Offices on acquisition of new 10 year lease from Great Portland Estates

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Fladgate LLP has advised London Executive Offices Limited on its acquisition of a new 10 year lease from Great Portland Estates in their 30 Broadwick Street development.   The letting was of the last vacant floor in the scheme. Gavin Whitney, real estate lead on the transaction, said: “We are delighted to be involved with helping […]

Fladgate advises Stonehealth Alpha on purchase of portfolio of five health centre properties across the UK

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Fladgate LLP has advised Stonehealth Alpha Limited on its acquisition of a portfolio of health centre properties from Octopus Healthcare. The properties are spread across the UK. The acquisition marks Stonehealth’s entrance into the health sector and they plan to grow their portfolio over the next 18 months. Stonehealth were also advised by ASA Group […]

Renowned photography museum to open in London


Fladgate has advised the renowned photography museum, Fotografiska, on its pre-let of the lower ground floors and a new office pavilion at The White Chapel Building, 10 Whitechapel High Street E1, from Derwent London. Fotograviska, which runs the photography museum in Stockholm, plans to use the space for The London Museum of Photography, adding a […]

Fladgate advises Zouk Capital on £30m investment into Green Hedge UK

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Fladgate has advised Zouk Capital on the £30m investment into Green Hedge UK.  The collaboration will facilitate the development, build and operation of nationwide battery energy storage projects.  The projects will be rolled out over the next 12 months, and will primarily focus on the evolving ancillary service market.  The transaction is the second Zouk […]

Lease or licence – why you should care

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It is common for heads of terms to refer to a licence to use or occupy a property when the agreed terms would actually be construed as a lease. The two terms are bandied around and often used interchangeably; knowing the difference is key to avoiding lengthy and costly proceedings which go hand in hand […]

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 […]

Relying on section 49 LPA 1925 – can you be rock solid?


The payment of a deposit by a buyer to a seller under a contract for sale is a fundamental part of a transaction since it comprises the “consideration” that all first year law students learn is necessary – along with offer and acceptance – for the formation of a binding agreement between parties. It ensures […]

Business rates – possible changes to what you will pay


Business rates will be changing on 1 April 2017 and this is likely to create some winners and losers: many London-based businesses will face sharp rate rises, although firms in the Midlands and the north will be largely unaffected or will see a reduction. It has been seven years since all non-domestic properties in England […]

To build or not to build…


The building lease is a combination of a development agreement and traditional FRI lease in which, for a period of time, many of the usual tenant covenants are suspended while the tenant does things to the premises that it would not normally be allowed to do. When might a building lease be used? Sometimes a […]

Fladgate advises on the acquisition and financing of central London hotel

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Fladgate has advised Audley Grosvenor Limited on a development agreement for lease with Grosvenor.  This was for the acquisition of a £40m long lease interest of premises at 22 Grosvenor Square, 43 North Audley Street and 1 Lees Place, London W1 for the construction of a 32 room boutique hotel, restaurant and private members club […]