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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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Hodge issues dire warning on state of Law Society

THE LAW Society has lost the confidence of the country’s opinion formers and decision makers, according to the Legal Aid Board’s new deputy chair Henry Hodge. The appointment of the former Law Society deputy vice-president and prominent legal aid practitioner to the newly created post was announced by Lord Mackay last week. The move has […]

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Rachel Browse, a trainee solicitor with Barnett Alexander Chart, has stormed her way through a Gladiators competition, beating her opponent by 22 points to three. Browse competed live in front of 8,000 people at Wembley arena on 14 April. “It was a great experience. I kicked arse,” she said. “It’s easy to sit on the […]

Refocus or regret

This year sees a substantial increase in the number of partners appointed by the top City firms and reflects a bullishness not felt for some years by the top tier of the profession. The upturn in business, seen as large numbers of companies restructure, is clearly good news for the major firms which are the […]

Linklaters pulls into pole position for M&A league

Linklaters & Paines clinched more City deals in the first three months of 1996 than any other law firm, according to figures published by Corporate Money, the weekly newsletter for mergers and acquisitions. Linklaters accounted for deals worth over £5 billion compared to around £4 billion notched up by its nearest rival, Allen & Overy. […]

Litigation Litigator's View 23/04/96

A recent decision in the Court of Appeal provides helpful guidance to police officers faced with disruptive trespassers where a breach of the peace has not yet occurred but is anticipated. In Nigel Watts v Commissioner of Police for the City of London (unreported), the plaintiff, well known following the celebrated libel action brought against […]

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