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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 […]

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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, […]

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Allen & Overy puts Japan arm on trial

Allen & Overy (A&O) is conducting a wholesale strategic review of its underperforming Tokyo office. The magic circle firm’s management will meet to discuss the Tokyo arm in an attempt to establish a consensus on its future direction. Options that will be considered include closing the office or scaling it back. Another possible scenario might […]

Weil Gotshal boosts NQ salary to £75,000

Weil Gotshal & Manges has joined the swathe of US firms out-paying their UK rivals, increasing associate salaries in London by up to 20 per cent. The New York firm will increase newly qualified (NQs) salaries in the UK by 20 per cent from £62,500 to £75,000. This compares with the benchmark of £55,000 for […]

A&O and CC lose appeal over hunting ban

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Clifford Chance have today lost the fight to have the Government’s ban on hunting reversed. A&O was acting for the Countryside Alliance and Clifford Chance for a number of individuals claiming that their livelihoods were affected by the ban. This morning (23 June) the Master of the Rolls and Lords […]

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