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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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More than 65 per cent of private practice solicitors would consider moving into an in-house role, a survey by The Lawyer reveals today. The poll of 2,549 lawyers, including 1,317 in private practice, carried out earlier this year shows that 68.5 of solicitors at law firms would be open to a move in-house, with the […]

Goodman Derrick appoints dispute resolution partner

Goodman Derrick has announced the arrival of Stephen Hornsby as a partner in its dispute resolution department. Hornsby is a very experienced competition lawyer (both contentious and non-contentious), with particular experience in the media entertainment and sports sectors.  He recently led a major judicial review against Ofcom for a commercial broadcaster, which was settled on a satisfactory […]

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Linklaters have landed roles on a $7bn (£4.4bn) eurobond issue from the Russian Federation that is set to be one of the largest eurobond deals to hit the emerging markets since 2000. Cleary advised the Russian Federation on the multibillion dollar deal, which was completed on Wednesday and is […]

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