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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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Duncan Black on football managers who change clubs.

Duncan Black is a partner at Titmuss Sainer Dechert. THE LATEST development in the career of football club manager Howard Kendal, who has made a disputed move from Sheffield United to Everton, makes a recent decision by an FA tribunal all the more interesting. The tribunal was set up following the mid-1994-5 season move by […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Eamon Moloney

Eamon Moloney was born on 25 August 1954. He is a partner in the shipping and international trade department at Eversheds. What was your first job? As a midshipman, washing up for 600 sailors on HMS Fearless while in the terminal stage of seasickness. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £45 per […]

Contract liability fears unfounded, says Govt

Chris Fogarty reports The Government has moved to allay fears that local authority officers could be held personally liable if a contract with a private sector partner was later found to be invalid. Although the Government is refusing to amend its Local Government (Contracts) Bill, it has insisted that fears that it will expose council […]

Norwich Union libel case alerts companies to dangers of e-mail

A LANDMARK e-mail libel settlement should set alarm bells ringing in all multinational companies and firms using internal e-mail systems, according to an Internet law expert. In an out of court settlement, Norwich Union recently paid £450,000 to Western Provident for circulating untruths on its internal e-mail system about Western Provident’s alleged financial problems. Nick […]

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