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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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RFU scoops Farrer’s head of sport as new legal chief

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has taken Farrer & Co‘s top sports lawyer to be its new head of legal.Karena Vleck will be replaced as head of the sports group at Farrer by senior partner Robert Clinton. Vleck will be head of legal and company secretary at the RFU. Clinton is an active member of […]

Shaw Pittman opens Taipei branch

Shaw Pittman has opened an office in Taipei and launched a strategic alliance with Taiwan firm Chien Yeh Law Offices. Partner Yitai Hu (right) joined the US firm in April and will head the Taipei office, which will advise primarily on IP. Chien Yeh Law Offices was founded in 1972 and now has 20 lawyers […]

For the record…

PRIVY COUNCIL In ‘Caribbean Court of Justice set to replace Privy Council’ (page 2, 20 September), it was inaccurately reported that the appellate jurisdiction of the Privy Council would end in November 2004 with respect to Caribbean states. Although a new court is being launched, which has subsequently been delayed, the jurisdiction of the Privy […]

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Parental disputes over children have never had a higher profile – and the most contentious area is the enforcement of contact orders. Kevin Hand and Rebecca Bailey-Harris report The issues of residence and contact have both featured heavily in the media over the last few months. The interest has, in part, been generated by the […]

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