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Clamp down on the adtech and real time bidding industry: UK's data protection regulator issues clear warning

Michelle Waknine |

What is real time bidding? In a nutshell – when a user visits a website, that user will often be presented with advertisements that have been specifically selected for that person. During the milliseconds taken for the website to load, the website publisher would have auctioned a space for the webpage that the user was […]


GDPR - what happens after Brexit

Michelle Waknine |

Will the GDPR still apply in the UK post-Brexit? The short answer is yes – once the UK exits the EU at 23:00 on 31 January 2020, all EU laws, including the GDPR, will automatically become part of UK domestic law due to the provisions of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. As many GDPR […]


Harry and Meghan's trade mark problem - third party jumps on the bandwagon and applies to register same mark in the EU to cover "jewellery" and "beer"

Michelle Waknine |

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex submitted a trade mark application with the World Intellectual Property Office last year to register “SUSSEX ROYAL” in the UK, EU, Australia, Canada and the US. The application covers a range of goods and services in six classes, including printed publications; clothing; promotional and public awareness campaigns; volunteer projects […]


Is your outsourcing strategy fit for 2020? Take a fresh look at the Vested® model

Tim Wright, Michelle Waknine, Joshua Bennett |

The award-winning Vested® outsourcing/business model has been around since around the end of the noughties. In case you are not familiar with it, the Vested[1] model and movement grew out of pioneering research and development by a team at the University of Tennessee. Their research looked at companies that worked with business partners and were […]


Fladgate advises SILCS Solutions Limited on its UK launch of ChargeBolt

Michelle Waknine, Alex Haffner, Thomas Edwards |

Fladgate has advised SILCS Solutions Limited on all legal aspects of its UK launch of “ChargeBolt”. With over 250 locations from their soft launch in the UK, ChargeBolt provides free countertop docking stations for customers to rent a power bank, charge their devices on-the-go and return it to another location – just like the shared […]


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

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

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. […]


Co-working spaces – what owners/operators should be doing to combat sexual harassment 

Caroline Philipps, Michelle Waknine |

Harvey Weinstein, Philip Green, Ray Kelvin, the founder of clothing brand “Ted Baker” – three big names and three big stories, as sexual harassment in the workplace continues to make headlines in the news. As the #MeToo movement gains momentum, a new voice is now making itself heard; that of the people who share co-working […]


Fladgate advises Ocado on its investment into Jones Food Company

Grant Gordon, Diana Mennie, Michelle Waknine, Caroline Philipps, Anthony Reeves, Jamie Hamilton, Thomas Edwards |

Fladgate advised Ocado on its recent investment into vertical farming start-up, Jones Food Company. The transaction comprised a partial buyout of the seed investors and a further equity investment backing the management team. Described as the world’s most advanced vertical farm, Jones Food Company has a 5,000 square-metre facility in North Lincolnshire, with LED-lit and […]


Fladgate advises Ocado on investment into Karakuri

Grant Gordon, Diana Mennie, Michelle Waknine, Caroline Philipps, Jamie Hamilton |

Fladgate was delighted to advise Ocado Group’s venture arm on its investment into UK-based tech start-up, Karakuri. Reshaping the future of ready-to-eat meals, Karakuri’s robotic automation systems cater to bespoke nutritional requirements whilst minimising food waste. Leading the £7m seed round, Ocado confirmed an equity investment of £4.75m, acquiring 18% of the company and a […]


Case Update: Using a franchisor’s name without a franchise agreement

Michelle Waknine |

The recent case of Ghias v (1) Grill’O Xpress Ltd (2) Malik considered the compensation payable where a franchise brand is used after the termination of the franchise agreement without the permission of the brand owner. The claimant, Ghias, was the franchise brand owner of a group of fried chicken restaurants trading under the names […]


New ASA guidelines for Social Media Influencers – will a “#ad” continue to do the trick?

Michelle Waknine |

Avid social media users will be well-acquainted by now with the concept of influencer marketing, which has evolved alongside the rise of mobile technology and social media and into an increasingly popular advertising tool. Influencer marketing involves the engagement by brands of individuals (usually celebrities or industry experts) with large followings on social media such […]


Fladgate advises Sylphar N.V. on its acquisition of majority stakes in Pro Teeth Whitening Co Ltd and Nutravita Ltd

Michael Beaber, Roland Brandman, Michelle Waknine, Louise Gibson, Jamie Hamilton |

Fladgate is delighted to have advised Sylphar N.V. on its acquisition of majority stakes in the UK companies Pro Teeth Whitening Co Ltd and Nutravita Ltd. Fladgate worked closely with Sylphar’s Belgian lawyers, Argo Business Law Group. Sylphar, which is backed by the private equity firm Vendis Capital, is a fast-growing over-the-counter consumer healthcare business […]