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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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I would like to clarify a few points in John Irving’s article comparing DOS and Windows (The Lawyer, 4 October). Firstly, Windows is not an operating system as stated in the article. You cannot talk about this either or situation when deciding to go for Windows or DOS. Your choice of operating system is one […]

Bermans managing partner to go it alone

BERMANS managing partner Ian Short has left to start his own commercial firm. No replacement has yet been found for him and the firm is considering either a joint managing partnership or a rotating system involving several partners. Partner John Hall says: “We are very sorry to be losing Ian, but he felt that the […]

Stockbroking head wooed by Birketts

Norwich law firm Birkett Westhorp & Long has recruited the managing director of the Norwich & Peterborough Building Society’s stockbroking arm to head a new investment division. Richard Larner joins the firm on 1 November as director of investment. Four other appointments are planned to complete the new team. Larner will directly manage private client […]

SCB complaints set to increase

Solicitors’ Complaints Bureau figures are expected to show an increase in the number of completed cases in 1993 compared with last year. But its annual report, published this week, will also show a rising number of complaints and running costs. The SCB will highlight improvements in its complaints handling procedures, which last year resulted in […]

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