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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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Supreme Court revamps pilot plan

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Litigation Recent Decisions 28/03/95

Chemical patent infringement claim. ICI: valid patent had not been infringed. Imperial Chemical Industries v Montedison (UK) & Anor (1995). (CA (Stuart-Smith LJ, Morritt LJ, Sir John May) 7/3/95) Summary: Claim for infringement and counterclaim for invalidity of plaintiff’s patent. Plaintiff’s appeal from dismissal of its claim for infringement of Patent No.1,493,393. In the action […]

Law Society sets deadline over franchise fight with Lord Mackay

THE LAW Society plans a swift response to the Lord Chancellor’s new two-tier legal aid policy to allow firms time to apply for franchises if the society concedes defeat over the issue. A crucial decision on the Law Society’s tactics in next year’s legal aid pay round with the Lord Chancellor’s Department is likely to […]

Court warns on libel risk for missing children stories

A HIGH Court warning has been given on libel risk when court reporting restrictions are lifted to gain media publicity that may help trace missing children. Sir Michael Davies last Monday refused to allow a woman seeking to sue the Daily Mirror and three local papers to continue with her libel claim because she launched […]

In brief: Elly returns to speak to trainee solicitors

AROUND 200 members of the London branch of the Trainee Solicitors’ Group gathered in the Law Society’s common room on Tuesday last week to hear president Charles Elly speak. The first such meeting of its kind was hailed as a great success by London TSG spokeswoman Sara Chandler who welcomed Elly’s commitment to get out […]

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