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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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New disabled group chair aims to fight prejudice

SWINDON solicitor Michelle Howard has been elected as the new chair of the Law Society’s Group for Solicitors with Disabilities. Howard, who takes over as GSD head from local government lawyer Richard Dunford, was admitted as a solicitor in 1992 and works as a plaintiff personal injury and medical negligence lawyer at Townsends. A tetraplegic […]

Booth cleared of professional misconduct

PRIVATE pupillage arr-angements are to be investigated by the Bar Council following allegations of misconduct against Cherie Booth QC by a right-wing pressure group. The professional conduct committee has cleared Booth, of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, of professional misconduct following the Freedom Association’s claims she risked “bringing the Bar into disrepute” in bypassing her chambers’ […]

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Alexanders Holding was advised by Fladgate Fielder in relation to a term loan facility of £1.75m to refinance acquisition costs of Alexanders of Lincoln with the Royal Bank of Scotland

Courses on offer

Local authority lawyers are being offered the chance to increase their expertise in a new series of courses announced by the Law Society’s Local Government group last week. The group is running sessions on subjects including planning offence prosecutions, local authority companies, adoption law, pollution controls and planning enforcement. Further information on the courses can […]

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Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 09/05/95

KARAMAT HUSSAIN RAJA, 56, admitted 1982, practised as KH Raja Luton, struck off and ordered to pay £2,272 costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly withdrew and used client account money for his own purposes, and failed to comply with book keeping rules. Tribunal told minimum cash shortages in excess of £150,000 were established by investigation accountant, […]

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