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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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Bar Council motion to drop Mills

BAR Council members were due to vote on Saturday on a motion to oust Crown Prosecution Service head Barbara Mills QC from the council. The motion, put by council member Bob Sheddon, says her position as a senior civil servant “has been shown by recent events to be incompatible with her ex-officio membership of this […]

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AN INQUIRY is under way at Hackney Council where a housing lawyer has run up rent arrears of thousands of pounds. Abdul Zainu Deen, a barrister at the authority since 1987, was ordered to clear the debts two years ago following disciplinary proceedings. But opposition councillors last week tabled a question on the “serious lapse […]

In brief: Lewes Court Centre open for business

The £4 million refurbishment of Lewes Combined Court Centre is now complete. The Lord Chancellor formally re-opened the Grade II listed building, in Sussex, last week. The work involved improvements to the courtroom and offices, as well as renovation of the building’s historic features and the installation of a new heating and ventilation system. The […]

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Sky TV faces a claim for $1.3 million in the High Court following allegations it is in breach of a deal under which it is said to have agreed to pay more than $2.3 million for film broadcasting rights. In a writ just issued against Sky Television, Penta International (UK) and Pentamerica Communications are suing […]

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