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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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7 Bedford Row snr clerk steps down

After serving nearly 12 months notice, Chris Owen, 7 Bedford Row’s highly respected senior clerk, is finally leaving chambers. From the end of October, Owen will be able to embark on his new career as a consultant to the legal profession.Owen’s notice period has been so drawn out because of the difficulty the chambers has […]

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Nigel Carey looks at why Guernsey is a firm favourite for sophisticated funds business. Guernsey has enjoyed two clear lines of funds business growth in the last few years, principally in private equity vehicles and multi-manager funds, particularly funds of hedge funds. Looking ahead, securitisation business may also increase significantly as a result of new […]

Singapore law firms defy dry patch as banks' M&A drive sparks boom

Local alliances come good as Linklaters, Lovells, Freshfields and Herbert Smith muscle in on bank merger frenzy Law firms in Singapore have been the winners in a spate of mergers and acquisitions within the country’s banking sector.While Thomson Financial’s figures reported that M&A trends in the region have taken a dramatic downturn, for local and […]

DLA targets banks before downturn

DLA litigators are set to target 110 UK-based banks in a campaign to drum up work in the light of the predicted economic downturn. Predicting an increase of litigation around the recovery of unpaid debts, security enforcement and fraud, last Wednesday DLA’s litigators finalised a selling plan that included contacting banks and issuing advice and […]

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