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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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Solicitors are turning to conferences for ongoing training. Leo Schulz finds out how to separate the wheat from the chaff. From November next year compulsory ongoing education will be extended from newly-qualifieds to cover the entire legal profession in England and Wales, creating an enormous wave of new demand for training. The intention is to […]

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Smith Bernal puts transcripts online

Elizabeth Davidson reports ALL Court of Appeal and Crown Office list case transcripts are to be provided on the Internet free of charge from early next year. Court transcript supplier Smith Bernal International, which has a contract with the Lord Chancellor’s Department to supply transcripts of court proceedings, is discussing the project with web designers […]

In brief: Solicitor advocates win commercial case

Solicitor advocates have broken new ground in appearing as the first silk and junior team in a Commercial Court case. Lawrence Collins QC, who heads Herbert Smith’s litigation and arbitration department, and partner Terry Mehigan won the complex insurance jurisdiction case for their Singapore client, the People’s Insurance Company. Mehigan said solicitor advocates had not […]

Cameron McKenna advises on Energis float

Cameron McKenna is acting on what is expected to be the biggest flotation this year – National Grid’s sell-off of a minority stake in its telecoms arm, Energis. Corporate partner Sean Watson is leading the 26-strong team advising Energis, the same team which, when part of McKenna & Co, advised National Grid on its own […]

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