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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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Janice Ward of Northolt, is suing Northwick Park and St Marks NHS Trust of Harrow. Her husband Mark Ward died on 22 September 1994. Her writ accuses the trust of negligence and breach of duty at Northwick Park Hospital. The claim is being brought under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 and the Law Reform (Miscellaneous […]

UK/Aussie forum

The Anglo/Australasian Lawyers’ Society will be launched in London on 3 June and in Sydney on 16 July. The aim of the organisation is to provide a forum for lawyers to exchange ideas and information between the jurisdictions. Founded by Ian Hunter QC and Garry Downes QC, both of Essex Court Chambers, the society is […]

High Holborn provides a new home for Lovells

Lovell White Durrant’s long search for new premises appears to be finally at an end and the firm is not going to be moving very far. The Lawyer understands that Lovells is close to an agreement with the Prudential to take a lease at the Atlantic House building on High Holborn in London. However, no […]

Govt must centre on the needy

Law centres must play a central role in government reforms, argues Patrick Lefevre. Patrick Lefevre is a co-ordinator at Brent Community Law Centre in North London. As I listen to lawyers arguing in defence of the current legal aid scheme, I can find almost nothing good to say about the current civil scheme. The reality […]

Surely it is time for self-regulation to end?

The Fabian Society – that respected think-tank thought to have Prime Minister Tony Blair’s ear – wants the regulation of solicitors and barristers to be taken over by independent bodies. The Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) should be abolished. So long as client complaint handling is linked to the Law Society, the Fabian […]

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