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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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BCCI saga forces judges to reform trial handling

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, has scheduled a summit meeting with commercial judges to plan groundbreaking reform of case management procedures, following the record length of the BCCI trial. Phillips believes lessons need to be learnt from cases such as BCCI, which sensationally collapsed last November, and he will now meet […]

Clifford Chance and Permira link up for pro bono initiative

Clifford Chance is strengthening its relationship with client Permira by teaming up with the private equity house to offer free legal advice. Clifford Chance is strengthening its relationship with client Permira by teaming up with the private equity house to offer free legal advice. The initiative follows on from the magic circle firm’s similar pro bono link-up […]

Web Week 31/07/06

The Lawyer‘s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@thelawyer.com. Dressing to impress Rob Moodie was all over the web this week. Lawfuel.com reported that Moodie, “67, a former […]

Eversheds partners split £12.5m bonus pot

Eversheds equity partners will share out £12.5m in extra profit over the next eight years thanks to new accounting rules. The firm has benefited from the recently implemented FRS5 accounting rules with the £12.5m uplift in recognised income – around 4 per cent of this year’s total income of £323m. The uplift will be accounted […]

Revealed: A&O’s merger approach to Freshfields

Allen & Overy (A&O) approached Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for a merger earlier this year, The Lawyer can reveal, as the former moves its strategic planning to a new level. The informal approach, made in April and rebuffed by Freshfields, came after a year of merger scenario planning. A&O senior partner David Morley told The Lawyer: […]

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