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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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Talk of the town

As the property market goes global, firms are stepping up their European marketing initiatives. Catrin Griffiths meets the pathfinders at MIPIM in Cannes. The buzz in the Martinez bar – the best place to network in Cannes – is all about how the global property festival, MIPIM, is changing. “It’s getting so big nowadays,” complains […]

…as it advises Burmah Castrol on BP sell-out

Allen & Overy is advising one of its oldest clients on its final deal as lubricants company Burmah Castrol sells up to global giant BP Amoco. The firm has acted for Burmah Castrol since the 1960s, and corporate partner Richard Rowland has worked for it since taking partnership in 1974. BP Amoco has agreed to […]

Case of the week

‘The only thing this court case has proved beyond reasonable doubt is that UK libel law is a disgrace to democracy and a menace to a free press. We apologise for nothing. But we will not be appealing. Life is too short…’ So said LM editor Mick Hume after his magazine lost its case against […]

Placements

SJ Berwin acted for Bristol & West Investments on its move from OFEX to the Alternative Investment Market. The firm also acted on a share placing to raise £1.4m. Seymour Pierce was the nominated adviser and broker for the transaction. SJ Berwin senior corporate finance partner Jonathan Metliss led a team of four on the […]

Scuffle of the week

The army v families of those shot on Bloody Sunday. Lawyers for the families said that they intended to investigate Guardian reports of an army memo at the time that said: ‘The minimum force necessary to achieve a restoration of law and order is to shoot selected ringleaders among the DVH [Derry’s Young Hooligans, as […]

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