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Football waits for the chips to fall on gambling law reforms

Thomas Edwards, Alan Wetterhahn |

The Culture Secretary for the UK Government has announced a wide-spread review into the UK’s gambling laws (notably the Gambling Act 2005), to ensure that the laws are fit for purpose in the digital age. The review, which closes at the end of March 2021, could have a devastating economic impact on the UK’s professional […]


The post-Brexit shakeup of the English football transfer market

Thomas Edwards, Alan Wetterhahn |

A new plan for the recruitment and transfer of international football players has been announced which could have a huge impact on the dominance of the English Premier League (EPL). The plan is to be introduced after the UK formally exits the EU and the transition period ends on 1 January 2021 and will apply […]


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 […]


Tackling Hawkeye – Bournemouth’s uphill battle

Alan Wetterhahn, Thomas Edwards |

The Premier League season came to a conclusion with  dramatic final day in July. A point for Aston Villa (AVFC) in their final game saw them survive the drop to the Championship, whilst AFC Bournemouth (AFCB) were condemned, falling into the relegation zone by just a single point. Reports have recently surfaced that AFCB are […]


City and CAS – FFP not down and out yet

Alan Wetterhahn, Thomas Edwards |

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) recently handed down its decision in the matter of Manchester City FC (MCFC) v UEFA. The decision had been much anticipated in sporting circles as it is the first real test of UEFA’s Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules that were put in place to regulate […]


Tackling the impact of Covid-19: What are the options for the English Premier League?

Alan Wetterhahn, Thomas Edwards |

One of the effects of the significant disruption caused by the Covid-19 virus is the cancellation or postponement of a huge number of sporting events. Across Europe, and much of the rest of the world, football has been affected at both the elite and grassroots levels. This has caused severe headaches for the footballing authorities, […]


COVID-19: Assessing and managing the impact on supply chain contracts

Tim Wright, Jan Hoppe, Thomas Edwards, Yasmin Daswani |

The COVID-19 situation is rapidly evolving. As countries around the world act to try and stem the contagion, businesses face serious disruption to their supply chains. In recent years, supply chains have become increasingly global, frequently supporting just-in-time and similar manufacturing techniques, and are often complex with component parts crossing borders at various stages of […]


COVID-19: The future of esports and gaming collaboration

Thomas Edwards, Alan Wetterhahn |

Although the COVID-19 outbreak has been devastating for many businesses, certain industries such as the gaming and esports sectors may not be as badly affected as others. Social distancing means that, whilst many businesses are suffering from a lack of people visiting their bricks and mortar outlets, the gaming and esports industries are seeing record […]


Esport officials crackdown on cheats

Thomas Edwards |

The High Court recently handed down a summary judgment confirming in no uncertain terms that cheats never prosper. The action was brought by Take-Two Interactive, the publishers and developers of GTA V, against five defendants who had developed cheat software for GTA V named ‘Epsilon’ (not to be confused with the in-game ‘program’ (or cult) […]


ICO bolsters protection rights for children in the digital world with the introduction of a new Age Appropriate Design Code

Thomas Edwards |

Following a lengthy consultation process, the Information Commissioner’s Office has this month published the draft Age Appropriate Design Code (the Code). The Code, which is designed to be read alongside the existing provisions of the GDPR, and the Data Protection Act 2018, is intended to bolster the standards online services should meet to protect children’s […]


Bentley Undressed: UK Court Halts Luxury Motor Giant From Selling Branded Clothing

Eddie Powell, Thomas Edwards |

The UK High Court has produced a decision in which a family run clothing business has overcome the luxury car giant Bentley Motors regarding the use of the trademark ‘BENTLEY’ on clothing items. The facts of the case were as follows: Bentley Clothing’s business began as an independent family business in the early 1960’s, and […]


Fladgate advised KCR Residential REIT plc on its placing of shares raising £4.05m

Nigel Gordon, David Lee, Paul Airley, Kim Fowler, Kelly Whiter, Thomas Edwards, Edward Morgan, Caroline Philipps, Ashleigh Brinklow, Richard Reuben, Yasmin Daswani, Tim Reinhard |

Fladgate was pleased to act for KCR Residential REIT plc on the subscription by private equity fund, Torchlight for 9 million ordinary shares for a total subscription of £4.05m and the grant of an option to subscribe for an additional 50 million ordinary shares. KCR intends to consolidate its presence in the UK and to […]