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The duty to warn – a collapsing obligation?

Ian Smith |

“This is a sad case” – first line of Mr Justice Akenhead’s judgment The Claimants, Mr Goldswain and Ms Hale, bought a ground floor flat in 2011 and decided to convert the basement into living accommodation by increasing its depth. They hired Beltec, engineers, to design the structural works and a contractor to carry out […]


Arbitration awards – time frames and delays

Ian Smith |

Under the new LCIA Rules 2014, one of the aims is to increase the speed and efficiency of arbitrations. However, arbitration awards can take a long time and even be delayed beyond the expected deadline, resulting in frustration for the parties involved and potentially serious financial consequences. International arbitration bodies and their award time frames […]


Fladgate advises X-Leisure Fund on £112m sale

Ian Smith, Stephen Lewis |

Fladgate LLP were one of the property advisers involved in the £112m sale of a majority share of the X-Leisure Fund to Land Securities. The transaction increases Land Securities’ holding in the X-Leisure Fund to 54%. The X-Leisure Fund is the UK’s largest leisure park portfolio, with a portfolio of 16 entertainment and leisure destinations […]