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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

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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Law Society rejects move for women's seat on the council

The Law Society council voted last week not to give women their own seat on the council, despite the backing of the president and the Association of Women Solicitors. The proposal, designed specifically to increase the representation of women solicitors, was defeated by 33 to 31, with the six women councillors present split equally for […]

When is charity not a charity?

Is it time to change our ideas about what is and what is not a charity? More importantly, should changes in the perceptions, goals and techniques of charities be backed by changes to the law? Probably the most famous example of an institution that is a charity in law, but not in public opinion, is […]

IT is only just beginning…

Ten years ago, barely a lawyer in the land had heard of the Internet, and the World Wide Web had not yet been invented. Today, tens of thousands of lawyers across the world use the Internet for email, while a growing number of firms are setting out their stalls on the Web in the belief […]

Progress through struggle

Back in 1987 it was not possible to give any accurate statistics as to the numbers of African, Caribbean and Asian solicitors and barristers, owing to the fact there was no ethnic monitoring in either branch of the profession. It is known, however, that minority lawyers tended to choose to become barristers rather than solicitors, […]

SIF shortfall now nearly £500m

In a desperate bid to limit the damage of a hole of almost £500m in the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF), the Law Society is launching a task force to examine how it can ease the pain for law firms faced with massive hikes in contributions. In a report that shocked the the Law Society’s Council […]

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