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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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Bird & Bird in hiring frenzy for global growth

Bird & Bird is hiring international partners at a rate of more than one a month, the latest being the appointment of Araoz & Rueda finance partner Andres Lorrio. Lorrio joins the Madrid office as head of banking and finance for Spain. His hire is part of the firm’s plan to grow its foreign offices […]

Eversheds gives panel training

Eversheds is turning the tables on its clients with a training course on how they should manage their panels. The news comes two years after Eversheds was berated by client Honda for its “superficial” relationship skills. It seems to have learnt some lessons, with recent client wins including Axa, Cooperative Group and Akzo Nobel. Client […]

BAE leak intensifies govt court battle

Confidential and legally privileged material belonging to the Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) has been leaked to BAE Systems, ahead of CAAT’s court battle with the government. On the advice of its legal team, CAAT yesterday made an application to the High Court to reveal the source of the leak. The Court has directed […]

Lobby groups slam Legal Services Bill

Three legal lobby groups have joined forces to send a briefing paper slamming the Legal Services Bill to every member of the House of Lords. In an unprecedented move, The Legal Action Group (LAG), Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG) and Sole Practitioners Group (SPG), the three main bodies representing high street firms and their clients, […]

Skadden picked as Ford listens to offers for Aston Martin

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom’s London office has scooped its first-ever mandate to advise Ford on its multimillion-pound disposal of the Aston Martin luxury car range. The New York heavyweight’s City arm landed the role thanks to Ford’s longstanding relationship with Skadden in the US. The team is being led by London-based corporate partner […]

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