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Fladgate LLP advises on the acquisition of a 6.9 acre development site in Luton

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Fladgate LLP has advised London residential developer Strawberry Star on the acquisition of a 6.9 acre development site in Luton. The site has the benefit of planning permission for a mixed-use scheme, including 685 new homes together with a 200-bedroom hotel, retail and leisure facilities, a medical and wellness centre and public realm improvements. The […]


Reasonable Care v. Fitness for Purpose

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At first glance, one may assume that a case concerning offshore windfarms would be of little interest to developers outside the energy sector.  However, the outcome of the recent MT Højgaard v E.ON case has a wider impact when considering design obligations under a building contract. A key issue in the case (upon which responsibility for a […]


Fladgate advises Rooms & Studios Group on £61m development loan

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Fladgate has acted for the Rooms & Studios Group (the Group) in connection with all legal aspects pertaining to a development loan to fund two PRS development schemes: one in Crawley, Sussex and one in Sudbury, West London.  The Group’s development arm has secured two senior debt facilities totalling just under £61m from Investec Structured […]


Fladgate advises Mindspace on their second London office lease

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Fladgate has advised Mindspace, the international provider and operator of high-quality and design-led co-working workplaces, with the leasing of their second London premises. Earlier last year, Mindspace acquired (by way of a lease) their first premises in London at the Relay Building on Whitechapel High Street – a transaction which was also dealt with by […]


Fladgate advises Turner on major office pre-let at 160 Old Street, London EC1

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Fladgate LLP has advised Turner Broadcasting System Europe (Turner), the UK based operation of Turner Broadcasting, the global entertainment, sports and news subsidiary of Time Warner, on the pre-let of 98,100 sq ft in a new development at 160 Old Street, EC1, which it will occupy from 2019.  The building is owned by The Great […]


Step-in rights: Gilding the lily, or worth their weight in gold?

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Step-in rights can help to keep a project on the rails if it becomes distressed – but how effective are they? A common feature of collateral warranties or third-party rights is a right for the beneficiary (often a funder) to ‘step in’ and take over the developer’s rights as employer of a building contractor or […]


Letters of intent: Legal uncertainty vs commercial reality

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Well-drafted letters of intent can be very useful for contractors, but are no substitute for a carefully negotiated and well-managed contract. Here are the main points to consider when putting together yours. In an ideal world, employers and contractors would finalise all aspects of a deal and record it in a signed contract before any […]