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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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Merricks takes partners from Lewis Silkin

NICHE insurance and construction litigation firm Merricks has profited from Lewis Silkin’s continued restructuring by taking two insurance partners to launch a new London office. The two partners, Dennis Wilkins and Jonathan Suckling, joined existing Merricks partners Tim Hunt and Robert Muskath in opening the London office last month. Merricks, which has rapidly expanded since […]

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Sisters Michelle and Sara Brody, who are trainee solicitors at Newcastle-upon-Tyne firm Dickinson Dees, moonlight as fashion models by trying on the new Costelloe range by Paul Costelloe for the firm’s first autumn fashion show to be held on 6 October. The show is being hosted in conjunction with Charlie Bear for Cancer Care – […]

Mediation scarce in Yorkshire

Nearly two thirds of Yorkshire’s top 500 companies have never been offered the option of mediation by their solicitors. This is despite the fact that 98 per cent of them thought that courts should encourage mediation before a dispute reaches court – and 72 per cent thought mediation would have a role in litigation in […]

SFO must share delay blame

Neil Micklethwaite says attack on defence lawyers is unjust. Neil Micklethwaite is head of litigation at Dibb Lupton Alsop. The attack by Serious Fraud Office (SFO) director Rosalind Wright on the delaying tactics of defence lawyers in fraud trials – reported on the City page two weeks ago in The Lawyer was unjustified and inaccurate. […]

In brief: Beachcrofts and Wansbroughs vote on merger

Partners at Beachcroft Stanleys and Wansbrough Willey Hargrave were understood last week to be voting on the final details of the proposed merger between the two firms. Lord Hunt of Wirral, Beachcrofts’ senior partner, would not confirm that the vote was taking place but said: “We are closer to a final decision. The discussions have […]

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