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Fladgate advises SILCS Solutions Limited on its UK launch of ChargeBolt

Alex Haffner, Michelle Waknine, 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

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

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, Jamie Hamilton, Diana Mennie, Michelle Waknine, Caroline Philipps, Anthony Reeves, 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, Jamie Hamilton, Diana Mennie, Michelle Waknine, Caroline Philipps |

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, Jamie Hamilton, Michelle Waknine, Louise Gibson |

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 […]


Fladgate advises Argo Blockchain Plc on Main Market listing and £25m placing

Hamilton Forrest, David Robinson, Charles Proctor, Michelle Waknine, David Lee, Paul Airley, Ben Milloy |

Fladgate LLP is pleased to have advised Argo Blockchain Plc (Argo), a provider of crypto-mining services, on its admission to the standard segment of the Official List and to trading on the London Stock Exchange’s Main Market. Argo raised £25m under a placing concurrent with admission and had a market capitalisation on admission of approximately […]


Fladgate advises on KE Hotels' acquisition of Abbey Hotel (Bath) Limited

Hamilton Forrest, Amy Collins, James Fry, Gary Smith, Mike Tremeer, Michelle Waknine, Nick Wood, Wing Tang, Adrian Mawlabaux, Miles Crawford |

Fladgate LLP has advised KE Hotels on the acquisition of the Abbey Hotel, Bath through the purchase of Abbey Hotel (Bath) Limited from The Kaleidoscope Collection. The team also advised on the financing aspects of the transaction which involved a facility for the acquisition of Abbey Hotel (Bath) Limited and one for the refinance of […]


WhatsApp: We won’t share your data with Facebook… for now

Michelle Waknine |

Following an investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK’s data protection watchdog, WhatsApp has signed a public commitment not to share personal data (i.e. data which identifies individuals) with Facebook until data protection concerns are addressed. Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014, and the ICO’s investigation commenced in August 2016 to address concerns being […]


Fladgate advises on funding for Dundee hotel development

Julian Lewis, David Baverstock, Luke Morris, Sam Tye, Michelle Waknine, Dee Afolami |

Fladgate’s hotel team has advised clients on the provision of funding, by Coutts & Co, for the redevelopment of two sites in Dundee into InterContinental Hotels Group branded hotels. The team advised on the negotiation and agreement of finance documents including the facility agreement and security as well as the associated hotel management and franchise […]