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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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TAG’s non-lawyered CFAs get Appeal Court backing

A scheme set up by The Accident Group (Tag), under which a non-lawyer handles conditional fee arrangements (CFAs), has been vindicated for the second time by the Court of Appeal. The fate of some 700 solicitor practices rested on the outcome of this decision. Had the CFAs been declared invalid by the judge, the firms […]

Linklaters advises Investec on SA ‘black empowerment’ deals

Linklaters has advised the first South African financial services company to divest its stock to black empowerment investors. The magic circle firm hopes it will get a series of black empowerment deals from South African clients, in what is otherwise a quiet market. Investec, advised by Linklaters, completed an innovative dual listing last year and […]

DLA sees 15 per cent income surge

Audited profit figures released by DLA show a15 per cent hike in the firm’s turnover to £234m for the last financial year, with 21.1 per cent of the firm’s fee income being distributed as equity partner profits. However, profits per partner (PPP) remained relatively static at £460,000, an increase of just 2 per cent from […]

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The Lawyer likes to play a cruel game with trainees who aren’t sure of being retained. It’s called: “What you could do if you never make it as a lawyer Ideas include: going back to university and doing media studies, because three million other students can’t be wrong; retraining as a legal secretary, or as […]

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