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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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Felter to offer Premier's lawyers their jobs back

Clyde & Co’s head of energy is vowing to reinstate Premier Oil’s redundant senior laywers if his bid to oust the group’s management board succeeds. Peter Felter says his plans for the company will include reviewing all the job losses Premier Oil has sustained in the last six months. The losses, which total 10 per […]

Morgan Cole in plan to axe 15 partners

Newly merged Morgan Cole is considering axing up to 15 partners in an attempt to increase its profit margins. In a discussion document prepared by senior management – and seen by The Lawyer – the firm admits it will have to lay off staff if it is to raise profits per partner from an “unacceptable” […]

Shepherd & Wedderburn woos partner

Shepherd & Wedderburn, one of Scotland’s big four law firms, has poached the head of corporate finance from rival Edinburgh firm Fyfe Ireland. Stephen Gibb has also brought two assistants to the 30-partner firm. His move from Fyfe Ireland brings the total number of partners in Shepherd & Wedderburn’s corporate department to 13. The firm’s […]

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