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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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CC advert receives German complaints

A Clifford Chance Punder advert has ruffled feathers in Germany amid claims that it breaches advertising regulations. The ad was placed in national newspapers and magazines across Germany for the first two weeks of January to celebrate the merger of Clifford Chance with Punders and US firm Rogers & Wells. But German law firms have […]

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Hammond Suddards acted on the establishment of the Hart Group. The company was formed through a joint venture by three Murray Johnstone venture capital trust schemes and the South Yorkshire Venture Fund

Trainees' minimum salary set to rise

At Thursday’s council meeting, members will consider a recommendation that from August 1 2000, the minimum wage for central London be raised from £12,150 to £13,600, with a Council recommended salary of £14,600. The Training Contract Review Group also recommends that the minimum level should be increased from £10,850 to £12,000 with a Council recommended […]

UK needs shift in pro bono culture

I read the feature on pro bono (The Lawyer, 7 February) with some interest. Those of us closely involved in the pro bono movement in this country will have recognised very familiar points, particularly the comparison with the pro bono movement in the US. There have always been clear arguments for using the US as […]

Quote of the week

“It’s not the kind of term that you normally put into a corporate process.” – Paisner & Co partner Jonathan Cameron on Hammer Films owner Roy Skeggs’ demand that he should continue to own the rights to Frankenstein’s boots. Paisners acted for the consortium that bought the famous horror film company.

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