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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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Shearman unveils new global management team

Shearman & Sterling has unveiled its new global management team with German partner Georg Thoma and New York-based John Madden appointed co-managing partners of the firm. Corporate partner Thoma established Shearman & Sterling’s German operation in 1991 and served as European managing partner from 1994 to 2000. He will continue in his role as managing […]

C&I Group regroups after London split

The Law Society’s group for in-house lawyers, the Commerce & Industry (C&I) Group, has elected a new chair after last week’s resignation of candidate Anthony Armitage. Stanley Williams – Director of Legal Affairs & Company Secretary at BSi – will replace Carol Williams as chair of the national group and also of its incorporated arm, […]

For argument’s sake

Settling family disputes through mediation is growing in popularity, but more can still be done. Lisa Parkinson reports One of the main objectives of Lord Woolf’s reform of civil procedure in 1998 was to encourage parties to settle disputes without litigation. The Court of Appeal emphasised in two recent cases that courts have a duty […]

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Home working is now more popular, and freelance lawyers are a flexible option. By James Knight In January this year, a ‘You Work’ survey reported that 34 per cent of executives now work at least part of the time at home. Respondents to the survey cited email technology and generally woeful public transport systems as […]

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