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Focus on Northern Ireland

As with other parts of the UK, the last 18 months have seen a period of exceptional market activity in the living sector in Northern Ireland, despite the economic challenges of Covid. Much of that activity has in fact been driven by the societal challenges and behavioural shifts brought about by the pandemic.

Canadian ESG for investors and lenders

Gowling WLG and Export Development Canada hosted an engaging virtual panel discussion focused on Canadian ESG in investing and lending. The panel touches on ESG in the context of our current market, as well as key considerations and upcoming developments in Canadian ESG.

Is this the end of rugby as we know it?

In the summer, new guidance was introduced for professional and amateur footballers to reduce the number of headers allowed in training and in use during a game. This followed an investigation into the impact of this move on the long term brain health of football players and a potential link to brain damage was raised.

Supreme Court of Canada on contract interpretation: Lessons from Corner Brook (City) v. Bailey

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decision in Corner Brook (City) v. Bailey provides helpful clarification and direction respecting the interpretations of contracts. The case arises in the context of the interpretation of a release. However, it has significantly broader application and reaffirms the contextual approach to the interpretation of contracts previously articulated in the SCC’s 2014 decision in Sattva.

Predatory marriage conference

Earlier this month, The Institute for Policy and Engagement at the University of Nottingham ran an in-depth virtual conference discussing the need for action on the issues surrounding predatory marriage.

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Flybmi has become the latest airline to enter into administration, with the company citing Brexit uncertainty as one of the main reasons for its collapse. DWF is acting for the administrators BDO, with a team led by Leeds-based associate partner Matthew Brown. The airline cancelled all flights over the weekend with immediate effect. DWF is understood to […]

DWF sets £75m target to repay partners after confirming float

DWF has confirmed its intention to float on the London Stock Exchange’s premium list in March, following Financial Conduct Authority approval last week. The firm has said that it expects to raise £75m to repay a portion of partner capital in the business with current partners expected to hold the majority of shares in the […]

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DWF partners braced for five-year lock-in after IPO

DWF equity partners are facing a capital lock-in period of five years should the firm float on the London Stock Exchange, the firm’s registration document has revealed. The clause states that partners would be “subject to a phased lock up” which expires upon the announcement of the group’s financial results in April 2024. When asked […]

Andrew Leaitherland, DWF

There are few leaders who have had as much of an impact on their firm as DWF’s Andrew Leaitherland. At the end of 2017, he was reappointed as managing partner for a fifth consecutive term. Indeed, he is DWF’s first and only managing partner. Since originally taking on the role, Leaitherland has helped transform DWF […]

Reed Smith’s recovery continues as turnover rises 5 per cent

Reed Smith’s global revenue has risen for the second consecutive year, exceeding levels recorded in 2015 for the very first time. Despite the 5 per cent uptick, the firm’s revenue continues to be around the $1.1bn mark. Over 2018, Reed Smith’s turnover increased from $1.119bn to $1.175bn. This compares to Reed Smith’s financials four years ago […]

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