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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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A View from Germany

Despite ongoing struggles arising from the economic implications of reunification, Germany continues to be the strongest economy in Europe and one of the largest economies in the world. The strong domestic market has never prevented German companies being highly export-orientated. For decades the motor for the economy has not been the domestic, but rather the […]

NFU legal chief leaves at peak of farm crisis

Vidal quits farmers union for specialist ministry of agriculture role The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is losing its chief legal adviser as the workload peaks due to the foot-and-mouth crisis. Richard Vidal, who has worked for the NFU for 14 years, is joining the Ministry of Agriculture as a legal adviser. His plays a general […]

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Burton Copeland embarks upon national drive with Liverpool office

White-collar crime firm Burton Copeland opens its new Liverpool office today (19 March) as part of a bid to become a national firm. The office will focus on all aspects of white-collar crime cases, and it is hoping to rival Liverpool firms such as Quinn Melville for fraud work. Commercial fraud partner Lesley Burrows, who […]

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