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Event: The New Telecoms Code: are you equipped?

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The New Electronic Communications Code was given Royal Assent on 27 April 2017 and is due to come into force this autumn. Thekla Fellas, our telecommunications dispute expert and head of real estate […]

New telecoms code could impact affordable housing

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While the right hand of government is actively trying to make the provision of housing easier and faster, the left hand is actively pushing through new statutory rights which could introduce delays of 18 months for some housing developments and limit the suitable sites available for development. As part of its ‘Digital Britain’ initiative the […]


Hidden consequences of the new Electronic Communications Code

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As discussed in recent weeks, the new Electronic Communications Code raises concerns for landowners contemplating demolition and redevelopment projects. But there are other, more hidden problems. Housing minister Gavin Barwell has unveiled new measures last month to speed up housebuilding in his Neighbourhood Development Bill. In his first speech as minister, he outlined the government’s […]


The Telecoms Code – Last chance to have your say

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The Telecoms Code is currently in the Public Bill Committee stage in Parliament.  This allows an opportunity for interested parties to submit written evidence to the Committee. The deadline for receiving submissions is 1 November 2016 (extended from the original deadline of 27 October 2016). The link to the relevant site is below, where you […]


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 […]


Sending out the wrong signals

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Developers at risk For developers, telecoms has been one of those topics which everyone would prefer to avoid or pass over to a colleague.   It is an issue that comes fairly low down on everyone’s lists. However, there is a real risk for developers if they fail to give any attention to the proposed New […]


Interpreting the Electronic Communications Code

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April last year witnessed a very rare event in the world of the Electronic Communications Code (Code): a court decision on the interpretation of a part of the Code.  Thekla Fellas, our head of real estate litigation, acted on behalf of Chris Nicholson (Operations) Limited seeking the removal of Arqiva’s telecommunications apparatus from its residential […]


Communication breakdown

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Thekla Fellas and Wayne Clark review a case that exposed flaws in the Electronic Communications Code and examine the proposed new code It is agreed by both practitioners and judges who deal with the Electronic Communications Code (the code) that it is unclear and provides little or no certainty for landlords or operators. There is […]


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 […]


Electronic Communications Code latest

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The Electronic Communications Code (Code) was first enacted in 1984 to regulate the provision of landline telephones. Since then technology has advanced beyond recognition and the Code is no longer fit for purpose. After sustained criticism of the workings of the Code, in September 2011 the Government asked the Law Commission to carry out a […]


Fladgate advises Point West GR Limited on acquisition

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Fladgate LLP advised Point West GR Limited on the acquisition of Point West, a mixed use development consisting of 399 apartments and three commercial tenants, including Sainsbury’s and David Lloyd. Real estate litigation partner Thekla Fellas, real estate partner Darran Smith and corporate partner Jeremy Whiteson advised the client, assisted by employment senior associate Mike […]


Telecoms and the 1984 Code: changing times

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Telecoms apparatus continues to give rise to contentious issues between site providers and operators. With the increase in the personal use of digital media on smartphones and tablets, the need for sites will increase. Add to that the Government’s policy to improve the mobile phone coverage across the UK and its policy to provide high […]