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M&A activity in Ireland valued at €70.9bn in first half of 2018

The first six months of 2018 have been notably buoyant for Ireland’s mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market. Dealmakers were kept busy with a pipeline of transactions, in a continuation of the active market that was evident last year…

Retail Risk Report 2018: Digital disruption and regulatory changes

By Kerry Gwyther 2018 has been a particularly challenging year for retailers so far, combining tough trading conditions with digital disruption and major legal and regulatory changes. Our Retail Risk Report, now in its fourth year, is a single point of reference to help retailers understand the legal and regulatory changes taking place in 2018 […]

When can a force majeure clause in contracts be relied on?

By Tom George, Daniel Wood and Cathy Moore In times of economic and/or political uncertainty, parties to construction contracts may consider whether they have a right to rely on force majeure provisions as a justification for temporarily or permanently failing to perform substantive obligations. We review the recent decision in Seadrill Ghana Operations Ltd v Tullow Ghana […]

Blockchain roundtable: addressing the regulatory challenges of disruptive innovation

The Blockchain Research Institute (BRI) recently gathered nearly 70 global leaders in finance, law, government, academia and innovation for a special roundtable discussion that explored the challenges surrounding blockchain regulation. Usman Sheikh, Gowling WLG partner and National Head of the firm’s Blockchain & Smart Contract Group, co-led the forum with blockchain pioneer and co-founder of BRI Don Tapscott, […]

Sentencing Council publishes gross negligence manslaughter definitive sentencing guideline

The penalties imposed on individuals for fatal accidents in the workplace are set to increase after the Sentencing Council for England and Wales published its definitive sentencing guideline for gross negligence manslaughter. Walker Morris health and safety experts, Stuart Ponting and Robert Starr, consider the new guideline and the implications for employers and directors…

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Eversheds sets up lobby group on social chapter

Eversheds has recruited over 80 top UK companies and organisations to a new group it has formed to lobby the Government on elements of the EU’s social chapter. The Employers’ Forum on Social Policy (EFSP), which was launched last month and will also serve as a marketing tool to attract new clients, was the brainchild […]

IT directors win 25% pay hike

At least two City law firm IT directors have won pay rises of nearly 25 per cent as the skills shortage continues. IT directors have been able to negotiate sharp pay rises thanks to a stampede of poachings by rival firms and opportunities in investment banks and the commercial sector. Quarry Dougall managing director, technology, […]

Cure sought for incorrect prescription

Luton County Court is to be the scene for an appeal which, if successful, could spawn a major new class action in respect of alleged medical negligence over the prescription of human insulin for diabetics. The pending hearing is a unique case brought by litigant-in-person, Derek Beatty, 46, who was diagnosed a diabetic when he […]

In brief: Green form pilot scheme

THE article in The Lawyer, 2 September, on the Legal Aid Board’s green form pilot scheme reported that the deadline had been extended for “applications in the wake of a poor turnout for the scheme”. In fact the Legal Aid Board concluded the application stage last year. It is now in the process of signing […]

Riggs' Paris role

John Riggs, a partner at the Paris office of White & Case, has become the second non-French lawyer to sit on the governing council of the Paris Bar. Riggs will take up his office at the start of next year for a three-year term.

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