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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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Shearman tax partner defects to Watson Farley in NY

Watson Farley & Williams’ New York office has raided Shearman & Sterling for a new partner for the second time in 12 months. Stephen Millman, a senior partner specialising in tax and leasing, moves to Watson Farley’s New York office today (24 May). On joining he will be reunited with former Shearman partner John Imhof, […]

Tite & Lewis team moves to Nabarros

Nabarro Nathanson has captured a highly rated team from the beleaguered Tite & Lewis, led by banking partner Charles Proctor and M&A specialist Andrea Cropley. Proctor and Cropley have worked closely together for asset-based lending client Burdale, which the pair have taken with them to Nabarros. Proctor has acted for a range of financial institutions […]

Morality bites

Human rights lawyer Phil Shiner is determined to bring the UK to book over the war in Iraq. Jon Robins reports How’s your father? If the tabloids are to be believed – and that’s a big ‘if’ – then his recent work representing the families of 13 dead Iraqi civilians makes this a more than […]

Expert claims fears of tax hike are unfounded

Fears among lawyers of tax increases caused by an accounting change that values work in progress (WIP) at selling price rather than cost are unfounded, according to Trevor Johnson of the Association of Taxation Technicians. Writing in industry magazine The Tax Adviser, Johnson said that Application Note G was unequivocal. He said the note provides […]

Speechly Bircham see income bounce back

Profits at Speechly Bircham have rebounded this year, rising by 10 per cent. Average profits per partner (PPP) reached £265,000 for 2003-04, in stark contrast to the 21 per cent decline in remuneration Speechly Bircham recorded in the previous 12 months. Although the firm is still to reach the heights it achieved in 2001-02 when […]

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