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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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PEP debacle forces Watson Burton to open up its equity

Watson Burton to open up its equity” />What a difference 12 months can make. At this time in 2006, equity partners at Newcastle’s Watson Burton were the envy of the Geordie legal world, bagging an average profit per equity partner (PEP) of £712,000 – far clear not only of local rivals, but of most City […]

Going straight

Corporate scandals have triggered a rethink in Japan’s approach to compliance as business looks to learn from its global counterparts. By Peter Godwin The past five years have seen unsurprising yet significant changes in the regulatory environment in Japan. Where previously compliance departments were – outside perhaps of the financial services industry – almost unknown, […]

Knowing me, knowing you

Despite reservations from some, India will benefit from the liberalisation of its legal market. By Alex Pease We have all read newspaper reports that speak confidently of political moves to achieve liberalisation of the Indian legal market before the country’s general election in two years’ time. Whether these predictions turn out to be true or […]

Hammonds gets the nod for Fulham FC’s kit deals

The sports group at Hammonds has held onto Fulham FC as a client, scooping the lead role on the club’s kit supply and sponsorship deals. Hammonds advised the club on its kit deal with Nike and sponsorship deal with LG Electronics, both of which will last four years. This is despite the firm losing key […]

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