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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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Kennedys and Simpson & Marwick call off merger

Kennedys and Scottish firm Simpson & Marwick have called off their planned merger, citing “complex reasons”. The firms issued a joint statement today (11 December), six weeks after postponing the original merger date of 1 November (25 October 2013). In the statement, the firms said: “Both firms and their partners hold each other in the […]

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Pannone puts more than 100 at risk of redundancy

Pannone has put more than 100 people on notice of redundancy since the firm agreed to press ahead with a tie-up with Australian-listed Slater & Gordon.  While Pannone refused to confirm the figures, insiders indicated that a consultation involving over 100 staff is underway with a completion deadline of the 31 January. Slater & Gordon […]

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Ukraine: Look both ways

Legal work is on hold as the country fights it out over whether its future lies with Russia or the EU The sight of a mass demonstration against the government is nothing new in Ukraine. In 2004 the so-called Orange Revolution was sparked by allegations of vote-rigging by the winner of the presidential election, Viktor […]

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What next for Dundas and CMS?

CMS Cameron McKenna and Dundas & Wilson partners have said yes to a £277m-tie-up that will go live in May 2014. Here Kate Beioley looks at what the future holds for the combined entity. Christmas can be a lonely time and finding the perfect partner to settle down to long winter evenings with is no […]

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