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Fladgate LLP has advised leading residential developer Strawberry Star on a £75 million funding from Cheyne Capital for its mixed-use development, Lu2on.

Charles Proctor, James Norton, Ian Smith, Ottilia Csoti, Maddy McAra |

Fladgate LLP has advised leading residential developer Strawberry Star on a £75 million funding from Cheyne Capital for its mixed-use development, Lu2on. Lu2on, which is expected to complete Phase 1 in 2021, is on a 6.8-acre site which was formally part of the Vauxhall Motors. The funding will finance the construction of the first phase […]


Fladgate advises Hardwicke Chambers on the letting of their new office at One Gray’s Inn

Richard Reuben, Fiona Smith, Ian Smith, John Forde, Neal Todd, Avram Kelman, Mary Liu |

Fladgate has advised Hardwicke Chambers on the letting of the newly redeveloped One Gray’s Inn, WC1.  The deal involved the letting of the entire 21,000sq ft office element by The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn to Hardwicke Chambers. The newly redeveloped Grade A office space which reached practical completion in June 2020 comprised new façades […]


Fladgate advises Yoo Capital on its purchase of controlling interest in Shepherds Bush Market, West London

Marc Sosnow, Gavin Whitney, Richard Reuben, Hamilton Forrest, Luke Morris, Eddie Powell, Yulia Leyko, Cem Usten, Fiona Smith, Ian Smith, Alex Taylor, Myckala Jones, Ben Milloy, Ingrid Hesselbo, Eleanor Green |

Fladgate has advised Yoo Capital Fund II, L.P on its acquisition of a majority ownership interest in Shepherds Bush Market from U+I Group. The new joint venture will bring about regeneration to Shepherds Bush Market and the adjoining land for mixed-use development. To read more click here


Two or more clients and the CDM Regulations

Ian Smith |

“It doesn’t take a genius to know that any organization thrives when it has two leaders. Go ahead; name a country that doesn’t have two presidents. A boat that sets sail without two captains. Where would Catholicism be without the Popes?” The Office, ‘The Promotion’ Many projects have various parties ‘for whom a project is […]


Post-termination payments and the importance of notice

Ian Smith |

Against the backdrop of Carillion, parties need to keep in mind issues of payment upon termination of a construction contract. A recent Court of Appeal decision has confirmed that section 111 of the Construction Act applies to payments due after termination of a contract. A party must give a pay less notice if it wants […]


‘Something tells me it’s all happening at the zoo’

Ian Smith |

Chester Zoo fell victim to a type of fraud called ‘invoice hijacking’, where fraudsters intercept correspondence between two parties that have an existing contractual relationship and invoice the target for services that have actually been rendered. Chester Zoo had engaged Laing O’Rourke to carry out construction works for a safari experience valued at approximately £17 […]


Overpayments, recovery and settlement: Graham Leslie v Farrar Construction

Ian Smith |

A recent case demonstrates the importance of having a written agreement in place, no matter how tempting it may be to solely rely on oral terms. Graham Leslie v Farrar Construction Ltd is a Court of Appeal decision regarding the recovery of overpayments made to a contractor. Mr Leslie and the contractor, Farrar Construction, entered […]


Severance and survival

Ian Smith |

A recent decision in the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) in the case of Stellite Construction Ltd v Vascroft Contractors Ltd emphasises the difficulties for a party in arguing that an adjudicator has materially breached the rules of natural justice. However it also reminds us that the adjudicator’s frame of reference for jurisdiction will be […]


‘Amber, Green and Red Surprise’: Conflicts in International Arbitration

Ian Smith |

A recent case in the Commercial Court, which has coincided with our experience of an arbitrator resigning due to a potential conflict, has brought attention to the International Bar Association’s Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration. The IBA Guidelines are frequently used in the international arbitration arena to consider impartiality and independence. With […]


Third Star Wars project for Fladgate

Ian Smith |

Fladgate LLP’s (Fladgate) construction team acted on their third Star Wars themed project for Merlin Entertainments, the world’s second largest leisure group.  The project at LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort creates scenes from the Star Wars movies made out of 1.5 million LEGO® bricks.  Previous Star Wars themed instructions on which construction partner Barry Hembling and his […]


Fladgate instructed on new hotel and accommodation projects by Merlin Entertainments

Ian Smith |

Fladgate LLP’s (Fladgate) construction team has been instructed on a number of new hotel and accommodation projects by Merlin Entertainments (Merlin), the world’s second largest leisure group. Live projects include the construction of a new LEGO® themed hotel in Japan.  The hotel is to be built adjacent to the new LEGOLAND® Japan which is currently […]


Fladgate to support Merlin Entertainments plc with China expansion plans

Ian Smith |

As part of their ongoing relationship, Merlin Entertainments plc (Merlin) has instructed Fladgate LLP’s (Fladgate) construction team to assist with its expansion plans in China. Having previously worked on Merlin’s five existing attractions in China (Madame Tussauds in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing and Wuhan, and Chang Feng Ocean World aquarium in Shanghai), Barry Hembling (Fladgate […]