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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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In brief: NSPCC pushes for pre-trial video hearings

The NSPCC is calling on the Government to introduce pre-trial hearings to allow children to give evidence and be cross examined on video shortly after an offence is alleged to have been committed. The call follows the release of Leicester University research which shows evidence given by children on videotape or by live link does […]

New Eversheds chief set to integrate practices

CARDIFF-BASED solicitor Keith James has been named as the successor to Eversheds chair Victor Semmens. James, currently the firm’s vice-chair, takes over on 1 June as the practice switches from its regional titles to a single national name. His appointment is announced this week following a recent vote by the Eversheds board. Currently the chair […]

Snapshot of change

Nobody’s saying a poll is infallible. Even taking the margin of error into account, they can be treacherous things, as the last general election proved. But The Lawyer’s poll on Law Society voting intentions in the coming presidential elections has thrown up some remarkable data. For one thing, of more than 1,000 people who spoke […]

Barristers to be fined for poor work

BARRISTERS could soon be fined up to £2,000 for the first time for giving clients poor service, if radical Bar Council proposals are accepted. The Bar Council, in keeping with its evolutionary strategy for high standards of service, and against a background of growing numbers of complaints, aims to revolutionise the Bar’s complaints system with […]

Farewell to life of Riley

It is not a happy time for the Irish Bar. As more and more move from the traditional library system set up in 1916 to swish new offices in the vicinity, it is conducting a review of its future. “We are seeing what provisions we are going to make for the future,” says Bar secretary-general […]

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