Insights: Sophia Purkis

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Disclosure of confidential information


The recent case of Glenn demonstrates that while privilege and confidentiality may overlap, they are separate concepts. Confidentiality of documents, information, and witness evidence may be the source of significant dispute between litigating parties. Disclosure of confidential information was recently considered in Glenn and another v Watson and others [2016] EWHC 3259 (and associated claims). […]

2016 Legal 500 ranks Fladgate across the board

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Fladgate LLP is delighted to have achieved across the board rankings in the recently launched 2016 edition of the Legal 500 Guide to the UK Legal Profession. The firm achieved 27 rankings with a further 57 individual recommendations. Commercial contracts Eddie Powell led the advice to MLCG on the negotiation of a multi-year exclusive supply agreement with […]

How to respond to online banking fraud

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Online banking fraud is becoming more sophisticated, causing large losses to individuals and companies. Unsurprisingly, the number of cases against banks involving online fraud is increasing. In March, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, head of London’s Metropolitan Police, suggested banks should not fully refund victims of fraud who have not protected themselves. Whilst not universally well received, […]

Across the board rankings for Fladgate in Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers 2015

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Fladgate is delighted that a number of its partners and associates have been ranked in the 2015 Super Lawyers UK List, published by Thomson Reuters. Super Lawyers Banking Law Paul Howcroft Kim McMurray Charles Proctor Business Affairs Paul Airley Avram Kelman Eddie Powell David Robinson Commercial Litigation Simon Ekins Commercial Property Antonia Brandes Allen Cohen […]

2015 Legal 500 continues to rank Fladgate across the board

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Fladgate LLP is delighted to have achieved across the board rankings in the recently launched 2015 edition of the Legal 500 Guide to the UK Legal Profession. The firm achieved 23 rankings with a further 48 individual partner recommendations. Commercial contracts – Recommended Fladgate LLP advises on a broad variety of contracts, such as the franchising […]

The big freeze: English courts are meeting fraud claims head on


The English Courts have never shied away from addressing fraud claims head-on. The courts have responded to the trend claimants to seek increasingly wide forms of freezing orders by taking a flexible approach to compel disclosure (thus assist the preservation of assets) while simultaneously seeking to protect the respondent’s position appropriately. To reflect corporate ownership […]

Subject to contract


A simple phrase is crucial to avoid being unintentionally bound by an agreement in settlement negotiations, explains Sophia Purkis. Settlement negotiations may often be challenging and conducted under pressure. In Bieber v Teathers (in liquidation) [2014] EWHC 4205, the court issued a stark reminder to make sure that offers are made expressly ‘subject to contract’ […]

Are NOMADs at risk?


Fraud is estimated to cost the UK economy more than £50 billion and cybercrime nearly £30 billion annually. Fraud, bribery and corruption can be internal, committed by an employee or senior manager, or external, committed by suppliers and customers (though external frauds often require insider assistance). Types of fraud include: asset misappropriation (theft of cash, […]

What NOT to do to comply with increasing regulation


Regulation can, if handled correctly, enable a business to enhance a culture of ownership with its employees, foster goodwill with its suppliers and customers, and be seen in the wider market as being professional and entrepreneurial. Don’t let compliance stifle the culture of your business – but don’t ignore the risks either! Businesses face a […]

Fraud: Playing detective


The construction industry faces daily risk of fraud and corruption – particularly within its extended supply chain. So what do you do if you think you might have fallen victim to it? Recent reports, including last year’s from the Chartered Institute of Building, have highlighted the risk to the construction industry of fraud and corruption. […]

Summary judgments: 'realistic prospects' revisited


Sophia Purkis sets out the test for a successful application, following the Ticketus ruling Summary judgment applications are an established tool to seek determination of suitable claims relatively quickly. The case of Ticketus LLP and another v Whyteand Ors [2013] EWHC 4069 (Ch) recently provided a helpful synopsis of what must be demonstrated to stand […]

Relying on unlawful conduct as a defence


Recent Court of Appeal decisions have reinforced the need to consider carefully the requirements for a defendant to rely on the claimant’s unlawful conduct as a defence in tort, contract and property claims. In Gelley & Ors v Shepherd & Anor [2013] EWCA Civ 1172 the court reviewed the circumstances in which it will give […]