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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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Legal Resource Group ponders over Brussels

A question mark hangs over the future of the Brussels office of the Legal Resources Group following the merger of Alsop Wilkinson with Dibb Lupton Broomhead. Despite the merger, Alsops has asked to remain a member of the LRG, a group of five regional law firms that pool training, a legal research database and share […]

Law Soc continues expansion

THE LAW Society looks set to continue an expansion policy which was briefly put on hold during Martin Mears tenure. Letters have been sent to law societies across the country asking them if they would like a regional office in their area. The Law Society, which believes regional offices can reinvigorate areas where societies are […]

US lawyer dies after 75 years in practice

One of the world’s oldest lawyers has died aged 97, only two months after celebrating his 75th year in practice. Bernard Nath, a senior partner at Chicago firm Sonnenschein, was still clocking up a significant number of weekly billable hours right up until his death on 18 September. He joined the firm in 1921, 15 […]

In brief: Advocates group meets for training talk

Law Society vice-president Phillip Sycamore and representatives of the Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates were due to meet on Monday to discuss their campaign to make it easier for solicitors to qualify as solicitor advocates. The group is due to discuss plans for training seats in advocacy departments to count towards the granting of […]

Time to evaluate role of jury

The prosecutions of the Maxwells have come to a conclusion that has disappointmented many, though the judgment of Mr Justice Buckley has won approval from most members of the profession. Apart from the ritualistic condemnation of the SFO by some commentators, what is pleasing is the constructive discussion now taking place with the aim of […]

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