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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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Another week, another set of conflict allegations. First, there’s Norton Rose being blasted by erstwhile trophy client Stelios on its work for Stelmar. Norton Rose is denying any conflict, but that hardly seems to be carrying much weight with the easyGroup chairman. And then there’s the GE panel review, heavily trailed in this magazine and […]

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Lawyers at Latham & Watkins’ London office have found a way to combine their passion for theatre with their legal expertise, after forging a pro bono relationship with Camden’s iconic theatre building the Roundhouse. The famous venue, which has played host to stars including Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd, fell into disrepair […]

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Moon Beever has hired Davis Arnold Cooper’s former head of business recovery Shashi Rajani as a partner in its insolvency and business recovery team. Rajani was formerly a barrister in both London and Tanzania and an insolvency manager with Coopers & Lybrand. Cheshire firm Forshaws has strengthened its Warrington commercial division with two commercial lawyers. […]

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The old QC selection system was not as bad as its press, but the new one should be better An article published recently in The Times (23 November 2004) considered “the notorious system of appointing Queen’s Counsel through secret soundings”. Although I agree that many of the bar’s traditional systems and notions need overhauling, I […]

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