From our base in central London, Fladgate helps a wide range of luxury brand clients, particularly in the retail and fashion sector. Fladgate’s cross-firm team of legal specialists is well placed to enable clients to respond to the opportunities presented in a multi-channel environment that now covers bricks and mortar, concessions, joint ventures, online boutiques and catalogue.
Our fashion group advises individuals and business in the sector in relation to the acquisition of real estate, the employment of staff, negotiations with suppliers, developing a brand, protecting and exploiting intellectual property rights, celebrity endorsements, e-commerce issues, licensing and franchising, distribution and agency agreements, corporate transactions and dispute resolution. Our breadth of expertise is evident from our range of clients, which includes major luxury brands, well-known high street retailers, wholesalers, model agencies, hairstylists and colourists, designers, creative directors, and other senior executives, as well as investors in the fashion sector.
Examples of our experience include: • Advising on commercial issues for Richard Mille watches • Advising on trademark matters for Giorgio Armani. • Advising senior executives at brands such as Tiffany & Co, Burberry, New Look and Aldo Shoes on issues arising from their appointment and/or the termination of their employment. • Acting for Fenn Wright Manson, Nichole Fahri, Karen Millen, Alice Temperley and the Queen’s milliner, Philip Somerville, on property matters. • Advising Premier Model Agency and Jack Wolfskin on property and employment matters. • Providing the full range of legal support to eyewear designer Cutler & Gross. • Advising Ben Sherman on commercial matters. • Advising on sourcing, endorsement, design partnerships, commercial contract matters and property matters for Malone Souliers. • Advising on brand protection strategies for Temperley London. • Advising Graham Ellisdon Limited/“Osprey” in relation to various branding and distribution matters • Advising Trevor Sorbie plc on employment law matters.
Fladgate also has a diverse private client base includes high net worth individuals and families with significant personal assets. Our expertise extends to equestrian interests, cars, yachts, aircraft and other luxury assets. We are also able to advise on any disputes that may arise over the provenance of luxury assets. The partner-led, highly personalised service that is the hallmark of our firm’s approach ensures that our clients benefit from continuity, clear communication and the responsiveness of an effective business partner.