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Outsourcing agreements: spotlight on step-in rights


It was recently reported that the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has terminated an outsourcing contract with G4S. The termination of the 15-year contract, awarded to G4S in 2011, comes after the MOJ was forced to step-in and take over running the HMP Birmingham in August 2018 the prisons watchdog concluded that the prison was “exceptionally violent” and “fundamentally unsafe” with staff “living and working in fear”.

Fladgate advises BB7 on investment by BGF and acquisition of Omega Fire Engineering

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Fladgate has advised fire sector specialist BB7 on the investment of £6m by BGF, the UK and Ireland’s most active investor in growing businesses, to create the leading UK fire and security consultancy through acquisition. This began with the acquisition of Manchester based specialist fire consultancy Omega Fire, which will broaden BB7’s geographic reach and service offering.

Cryptocurrency estate planning: lessons from QuadrigaCX

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In a plot line worthy of a Dan Brown novel, the 30 year old CEO and founder of QuadrigaCX, Gerald Cotton, was reported as having died in India at the end of last year, seemingly having taken the passwords to the company’s cold storage wallets with him to his grave.

Fladgate advises Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas Ltd on £12.9m fundraise

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Fladgate LLP has advised AIM and TSX-V listed Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas Ltd on a USD$17 million (£12.9 million) fundraise by way of an oversubscribed placing and subscription.

The end of the blame game - the arrival of no fault divorce

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David Gauke the Justice Secretary has today pledged that the new divorce law, which will be based on “no fault”, will be introduced within three months.

Fladgate advises on recruitment MBO

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Fladgate has successfully advised Paul Hooper, the founding director of Impact Recruitment, on a management buyout of the East Midlands recruitment company. 

Money (That's what "Tenants" Want): Tenant Incentives and their Treatment


Capital contributions can be a useful inducement to tenants but proper consideration of their impact is often missed in negotiations. It is important to identify the correct reason for the payment as this can affect the VAT treatment, whether the construction industry scheme (CIS) applies, whether capital allowances are applicable and the treatment of any works on rent review.

Bree Taylor appointed Head of Dispute Resolution


Fladgate has today announced the new appointment of Head of Dispute Resolution, Bree Taylor.

Fladgate strengthens corporate practice with partner appointment


Fladgate LLP is delighted to announce the appointment of corporate partner Anthony Shatz, who joins from RPC. Anthony delivers advice on high value and complex corporate transactions to both domestic and international clients. His client base is extensive, covering private equity, real estate, hotels and aerospace, and he has deep experience of both M&A and […]

Singapore's new AI Governance Framework


In January 2019, Singapore’s privacy regulator, the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC), published a Proposed Model Artificial Intelligence Governance Framework for public consultation. The PDPC recognises the many benefits of AI, but also calls out the emergence of concerns such as AI’s impact on personal privacy and algorithmic bias.

The surge in local authority property investment


Much has been written about local authorities investing in commercial real estate, particularly at a time when there is an increasing demand on community services and social care and the cutting of budgets that sustain them.