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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 […]


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

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

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, Michelle Waknine, Miles Crawford, Mike Tremeer, Gary Smith, Adrian Mawlabaux, Wing Tang, Nick Wood |

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, Sam Tye, Michelle Waknine, Luke Morris, 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 […]


Morrisons held responsible for mass data breach committed by disgruntled employee

Michelle Waknine |

Morrisons face having to pay compensation to thousands of employees, following a recent decision of the High Court that the UK’s fourth largest chain of supermarkets was vicariously liable for a rogue employee leaking payroll information online. This decision follows the outcome of the first class action concerning a data breach in the UK, brought […]


Don’t get caught “softlifting”

Eddie Powell, Michelle Waknine |

Fines to UK SMEs exceeded £900,000 in 2016 for using unlicensed software It is certainly no secret that software has become an integral part of the success of modern businesses in recent years. Business management software has assisted with running operations more efficiently, cost reduction and replacement of paper processes. Cloud computing software has also […]


Royal Assent received for the Digital Economy Act 2017

Eddie Powell, Michelle Waknine |

New legislation introduced to extend digital connectivity, regulate direct marketing and protect consumers from unexpected phone bills and ticket bots. The Digital Economy Act 2017 (Act) has officially made its way into UK law.  The Act addresses some of the many issues arising in conjunction with the surge in use of technology, digital media and […]


Fladgate advises on development agreement for lease with National College for Digital Skills

Michelle Waknine |

Fladgate LLP has acted on behalf of Micuber Estates Limited in relation to a development agreement for lease with the newly set up National College for Digital Skills in Tottenham Hale.  The agreement is conditional upon planning permission being obtained not only for the new college but also for a very large residential development on […]


What is a “construction contract” and how does that term vary?

Michelle Waknine |

What is and what is not a construction contract and how does that term vary? One could easily assume that there would be consistent definitions of “construction contract” and “construction operations” in UK statutes.  However, that is not the case. The Construction Act1 The Construction Act is the principal statute applying to construction works in […]