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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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) […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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