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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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Wayne King: 7 Bedford Row

What was your worst experience as a trainee?Dropping my first junior’s sandwich. I picked it up, put it back in the bag and gave it to him – then hid in the corner. Name: Wayne King Title: Senior criminal clerkFirm: 7 Bedford RowLives: EssexWork history1986-87: Junior clerk, 4 King’s Bench Walk 1987-95: Clerk, 2 Crown […]

Eversheds flies in to survey Indian legal landscape

Eversheds is repositioning itself in anticipation of the liberalisation of the Indian market, with its new India head Gauri Advani flying out to the region for the first time since joining the firm. Advani, who was hired from Denton Wilde Sapte in July, joined the firm’s chairman Alan Jenkins and India group chair Parmjit Singh […]

Baker & McKenzie hires fresh faces for IP

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Nixon Peabody to launch in London

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