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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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Moy v Pettman Smith should provide comfort to those advising clients at the ‘door of the court’ David Moy fractured his leg playing football and instructed solicitors Pettman Smith to claim against the health authority for negligence following an operation. The health authority admitted liability, but medical evidence supporting Moy’s continuing disability and its cause […]

Ex-RHM legal head hires Bates Wells

RHM Foodbrands’ former interim legal head has instructed Bates Wells & Braithwaite to represent him in his legal dispute with the company, It is understood that Kevin Mutch has turned to Bates Wells’ head of employment William Garnet for advice after he claims he, and another lawyer, were made redundant by RHM. RHM declined to […]

Playing it straight

Since the FSA was handed the remit to oversee the insurance sector, a hands-off approach was never really on the cards. Raj Parker and Nathan Willmott report on developments The Financial Services Authority (FSA) hit the ground running when it assumed responsibility for general insurers and insurance intermediaries three months ago, and it is now […]

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Rabinowitz, Hapgood and Milligan square up for Equitable hostilities

The Equitable Life trial is a week old today (18 April) and those packing out Court 76 have settled down for the months of hearings ahead. The opening statements are almost complete, although Brick Court Chambers’ Mark Hapgood QC is still to speak for Ernst & Young to defend the negligence and breach of duty […]

CC’s US managing partner race becomes one-man show

Clifford Chance has found just one partner willing to stand for the top job in its US practice as the American partnership votes on a replacement for former head John Carroll. New York corporate partner Craig Medwick is the sole partner to have expressed an interest in the Americas managing partner role, vacated last month […]

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