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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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Ashursts loses five from property dept

The exodus from Ashurst Morris Crisp’s property department is continuing as five lawyers prepare to leave the firm. Senior lawyer Stephen Law is leaving Ashursts to join his former colleague Peter Lloyd, head of property at US firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey, as a real estate attorney. Helen Willett, also a senior lawyer in property, […]

US firm sets up provincial office

The technology firm is taking the bulk of Morgan Cole’s Thames Valley corporate practice, with lawyers Joe Pillman, Jonathan Loake and Kate Eavis all joining the firm. Brobeck’s London managing partner Tom Kellerman says: “We targeted the M4 corridor because it has become an internationally recognised technology centre. “Our new team will provide us with […]

BBLP steps up alliance plans after partner loss

BBLP is rushing through its plans to complete a full merger of its continental European alliance this year in the face of aggressive expansion from rival firms. The alliance, including Beiten Burkhardt Mittl & Wegener, Moquet Borde & Associes, Pavia e Ansaldo and Meyer Lustenberger & Partner, originally planned to consolidate the partnership in 2001. […]

Wall Street cash

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has been on the hunt for a UK qualified partner for almost a year, but as Catrin Griffiths reports, the hiked-up salaries of US firms are not enough to recruit from the magic circle. On the face of it, it seems ludicrous. Here is a prestigious, fabulously profitable, classic Wall Street […]

A letter from Manchester

If the television companies are making programmes here, it must be buzzing. Cold Feet, The Royle Family and Queer as Folk – all highly successful TV series set in the North West – show that the region is vigorous and culturally diverse enough to have attracted and sparked media imagination. Meanwhile, Brookside and Coronation Street […]

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