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Scaling your EdTech business - key commercial law issues for management consideration

Tim Wright, Alex Haffner, Ravi Goonesena, Michelle Waknine |

To download the article as a PDF, click here. The opportunities for e-learning providers and other Educational Technology (EdTech) businesses looking to scale their businesses continue to look very promising, with the EdTech sector on track to reach £3.4 billion by 2021 in the UK, and £128 billion globally. According to the Tech Nation Report […]


GDPR within the EdTech sector – key issues to consider

Michelle Waknine, Tim Wright, Alex Haffner, Ravi Goonesena |

The rise in prominence of the EdTech sector in recent years is undeniable. In particular, the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to this more recently, as most educational institutions have either adopted a fully virtual educational experience or a hybrid model with a mix of virtual and in-person learning. EdTech inevitably uses personal data of its […]


Marriott Hotels fined £18.4 million for failing to keep personal data of guests secure following acquisition of Starwood

Michelle Waknine |

Background The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Marriott International Inc (Marriott) £18.4million for failing to keep millions of customers’ personal data secure. Marriott’s breach of the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR) came to light as a result of an attack on the IT systems of Starwood Hotel and Resorts Worldwide Inc (Starwood) […]


Fladgate advises David Beckham backed Guild Esports on admission to London Stock Exchange’s Main Market

David Robinson, Alan Wetterhahn, David Baverstock, Thomas Edwards, Michelle Waknine, Joshua Bennett |

Fladgate acted for Guild Esports PLC (Company) on its admission to the Official List (by way of a Standard Listing) and to trading on the London Stock Exchange’s Main Market for listed securities, contemporaneously with a £20m equity placing. Guild Esports had a market capitalisation of approximately £41m on admission. The Company is the first […]


Supreme Court finds Morrisons not vicariously liable for mass data breach committed by disgruntled employee

Eddie Powell, Mike Tremeer, Michelle Waknine, Leigh Callaway |

The Supreme Court has ruled that thousands of Morrisons’ employees will not be entitled to any compensation, following a recent decision that the UK’s fourth largest chain of supermarkets was not vicariously liable for a rogue employee leaking payroll information online.  Importantly, the Supreme Court’s judgment also gives clear guidance that the motive for any […]


Coronavirus and the hotel industry: actions taken by brand owners and key considerations for hotel owners

Eddie Powell, Michelle Waknine |

The recent outbreak of coronavirus has had devastating effects on the UK’s hotel and hospitality industry. As of 23 March 2020, the UK government has ordered closure of all hotels, hostels, B&Bs, campsites and boarding houses for commercial use, citing the following exceptions: where people live in these as interim abodes whilst their primary residence […]


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

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

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. […]