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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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Northern Irish firms have not expanded at the rate of their Dublin colleagues, but the outlook is good provided that the new political accommodation goes according to plan. In terms of growth, Belfast firm Madden & Finucane has moved to the number one slot. The firm, which represented Sinn Fein in the recent political negotiations, […]

Euro filibuster

Luxembourg has delayed the implementation of the European Rights of Establishment Directive, adopted by the Council of Ministers in December and due to come into force in the year 2000, by filing an action to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in an attempt to annul the directive. Patrick Oliver, spokesperson at the joint office […]

PI pilot rebuke

In his address to the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers’ Spring Conference, the Lord Chancellor praised the important work, central to the civil justice reforms, being done in partnership by those with traditionally opposing interests. What a shame that you have sought to undermine that work. Your piece on the PI pilot (The Lawyer, 12 […]

Accountancy firms face prosecution in Portugal

Portugal’s attorney general, Cunha Rodrigues, is deciding whether to prosecute Ernst & Young, Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand over allegations that they advised on Portuguese law. Dr Soares Machado, president of the Lisbon Bar Association, said that the Bar had lodged a complaint against all three with Rodrigues. Two years ago, he said, Ernst […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 26/5/98

Vasantha Karalliedde, solicitor’s clerk, 58, of Alleyn Park, SE21, employed by Mangalagama & Co, Edgware, and responsible for conduct of professional business of firm’s clients, including conduct of litigation matters, banned from 6 January 1998 from further employment by a solicitor without written permission of Law Society and ordered to pay costs of £1,920. Allegations […]

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