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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…

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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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Lower insolvency fees not the answer

Chris Mallon says the Ferris report is surprisingly good news for practitioners. Chris Mallon is head of insolvency at Biddle. July 1997 was not a particularly good month for insolvency practitioners. In a Luxembourg judgment, the liquidators of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) had their fees for the gestion controllee reduced substantially. […]

In brief: Dibbs designs SOAP case management system

City firm Dibb Lupton Alsop has developed a case management system designed to make the costs and intricacies of litigation obvious to the client. It is called the SOAP system, which stands for Style of Approach Initiative.

Law Society in the dock

For the profession to have responded imaginatively to the challenge posed by Diana’s death, it would have needed some leadership. But the Law Society is currently in no state to step into this particular breach. Its total failure to make any attempt to co-ordinate the profession’s pro bono activities is legendary. This week The Lawyer […]

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Cheltenham firm Bretherton Price Elgoods’ John Beevor, who has been appointed as Honorary Consul to Estonia. The post, which was granted by the Estonian government because of the firm’s close links with the country, will mean Beevor has the authority to issue visas and other official paperwork to Estonian residents and visitors in the UK. […]

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