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Changes to the fire regulations

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I am the tenant of a shop and understand there have been changes to the fire regulations that mean I no longer require a fire certificate. Is this correct and if so, what am I supposed to do? The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (SI2005/1541) may sound like gobbledygook. It is, however, a fundamental […]


Random House acquire BBC Books shareholding

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Fladgate advised The Random House Group Limited on the acquisition of the majority shareholding in BBC Books from BBC Worldwide Ltd for an undisclosed sum. The deal brings together two renowned publishers of non-fiction as BBC Books will become part of the Ebury Publishing Division of The Random House Group. BBC Worldwide will maintain a […]


Mezzanine loophole closed by the Government

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Planning permission has in the past not generally been required for a mezzanine floor extension unless this is prohibited by a condition attaching to a previous planning consent, because such extensions generally do not alter the external appearance of a building. This has been exploited by many retail developments in highly publicised cases and Friends […]


Tell me why I don't like Mondays

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Monday working Mr McMenemy worked in a research team of Capita Business Services Ltd in Glasgow. At first he had worked full time, but in 1999 he arranged with his employer to work part-time to enable him to meet childcare responsibilities. For Mr McMenemy part-time meant working three days a week – Wednesday, Thursday and […]


Platinum invest in YooMedia

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Fladgate advised international institutional investor Platinum Partners LLP in relation to a £7.5m Convertible Loan Agreement with YooMedia, the AIM-traded interactive media and games group. Platinum Partners has considerable experience in structured equity financing for listed small and mid-cap companies in both the US and UK. Financing is part of YooMedia’s strategy to continue the […]


Don't stray offside when the game's on

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Taking defensive action now may head off trouble that could arise during the forthcoming World Cup tournament. Employers don’t have to make allowances for the football World Cup this month, but those that adopt sensible policies towards employees wanting to watch it are likely to minimise disruption to their workplaces. Fortunately, most matches are on […]


Fladgate brings full colour to the Daily Mirror

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Fladgate advised MAN Roland Druckmaschinen AG of Augsburg, Germany on the sale of printing presses to Trinity Mirror Printing Limited. Starting in October 2006, MAN Roland will install five new colorman presses at Trinity Mirror’s Watford site. This investment will not only bring greater print efficiencies for the group but is the final stage of […]


Fladgate advise Tambelan on £24m acquisition

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Fladgate has advised Tambelan Company Limited, on the acquisition, by AIM-listed Commoditrade Inc, of Tambelan’s interest in its contract with Sucden (UK) Limited, a UK based commodities trading firm, in respect of metals trading by Sucden’s LME Trading Team on the London Metal Exchange. This is the first acquisition Commoditrade has made since it was […]


£multi million acquisition for Lincolnshire

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Fladgate recently advised Lincolnshire Management Inc together with Dutch investment firm Janivo Holding BV on the UK aspects of the acquisition of Desch Plantpak Group, Summit Plastic Co and JanorPot LLC for an undisclosed sum. On a combined basis, the deals create the world’s largest horticulture and nursery container business. A substantial element of the […]


Fladgate advise Greenkote on admission to OFEX

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Fladgate has advised Greenkote PLC on its admission to Ofex following an offer for subscription of 2,019,000 ordinary shares at 25p. Greenkote provides a range of innovative, eco-friendly coating solutions and has an expansion strategy that should enable the company to develop a critical mass of operations and a global presence within three years. In […]


Fladgate advise Karmann on Nissan contract

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Fladgate has advised Karmann GmbH, the world renowned German automotive engineering firm, on its contracts with Nissan for the design of the Micra C+C, one of the new generation of coupé-convertible cars. Specialist German supplier Karmann are producing the folding glass roof that can be raised or lowered into the boot, at the touch of […]


Northern Lynx admitted to AIM

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Fladgate has continued to grow its share of the market for AIM-related legal services by advising Damask Investments plc on the acquisitions of Northern Lynx and Urban Logic, its change of name to Northern Lynx plc and the admission of the company to AIM, together with a placing which raised £1m. Damask, which has transferred […]