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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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Australian Dart pierces the UK systems market

HUSBAND and wife team Geoff and Jane Morris have acquired the UK and European rights to develop and sell the ALS practice management system through Dart Legal Systems. For the past year Dart had been working with the system’s Australian proprietors to adapt the software for UK use. But communications problems have led to delays, […]

SJ Berwin report shows directors' shortcomings

Research co-sponsored by SJ Berwin reveals that company directors’ misunderstanding of their legal duties remains one of the key barriers to sustainable competitive success. The report, ‘Tomorrow’s company inquiry’ advocates the “inclusive approach”, as essential for successful companies. This entails building reciprocal relationships with all ‘stakeholders’ – employees, customers, suppliers and the community – in […]

In brief: Women solicitors' seminar for success

The Association of Women Solicitors is holding a one-day conference on strategies for career success at the London Guildhall University on 29 April. The conference will include a panel discussion and question and answer session, a workshop on career management and advice and practical information on career planning. For further information on the event, which […]

Elly defends Young in title fight

LAW Society President Charles Elly has mounted a spirited defence of his deputy John Young as the profession gears up for the first contested presidential election in decades. Attacking the two surprise contenders for the leadership for having the arrogance to believe they can do a better job, Elly urges the profession to vote for […]

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