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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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Holman Fenwick in management shake-up

For the first time, Holman Fenwick & Willan has appointed a managing partner, while senior partner Robert Wilson has been replaced by Roderick O’Sullivan. As revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews, his coincides with a grass roots reorganisation of the firm’s departments in an attempt to dispel its image as a shipping practice. Previously, departments were split into […]

Simmons Trenité aids Greenfield’s mm02 bid

A close relationship with Greenfield Capital Partners paid off for Simmons & Simmons Trenité last week when the Dutch private equity house emerged as the successful bidder in mm02’s auction of its loss-making Dutch subsidiary. The deal comes just eight months after Simmons’ Rotterdam arm advised Greenfield on the acquisition of Dutch fixed-line telecoms operator […]

Eversheds instructed by Gresham College

Eversheds has been appointed as the sole legal adviser and company secretary to Gresham College following a competitive tender. The appointment is for 12 months and is a first for the independent college, which has previously always retained the position in-house. The retirement of the company secretary prompted the organisation to look into outsourcing the […]

CC drops number of partnership promotions

Clifford Chance has slimmed down on partner promotions this year, making up 31 lawyers compared with 39 new partners in 2002. London, like last year, announced the largest number of partner promotions with nine associates joining the partnership. However, this was down on last year, when 15 lawyers were made up. First revealed on www. […]

Klett Rooney hikes first-year pay

Pittsburgh-based Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling has raised its first-year associate salaries from $105,000 (£66,700) to $110,000 (£69,900) in its Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Newark and New Jersey offices. Partner William Schorling said that the move follows a decision by several Delaware-based firms to raise their first year salaries to $110,000 in their Wilmington, Delaware office. In […]

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