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Focus on Northern Ireland

As with other parts of the UK, the last 18 months have seen a period of exceptional market activity in the living sector in Northern Ireland, despite the economic challenges of Covid. Much of that activity has in fact been driven by the societal challenges and behavioural shifts brought about by the pandemic.

Canadian ESG for investors and lenders

Gowling WLG and Export Development Canada hosted an engaging virtual panel discussion focused on Canadian ESG in investing and lending. The panel touches on ESG in the context of our current market, as well as key considerations and upcoming developments in Canadian ESG.

Is this the end of rugby as we know it?

In the summer, new guidance was introduced for professional and amateur footballers to reduce the number of headers allowed in training and in use during a game. This followed an investigation into the impact of this move on the long term brain health of football players and a potential link to brain damage was raised.

Supreme Court of Canada on contract interpretation: Lessons from Corner Brook (City) v. Bailey

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decision in Corner Brook (City) v. Bailey provides helpful clarification and direction respecting the interpretations of contracts. The case arises in the context of the interpretation of a release. However, it has significantly broader application and reaffirms the contextual approach to the interpretation of contracts previously articulated in the SCC’s 2014 decision in Sattva.

Predatory marriage conference

Earlier this month, The Institute for Policy and Engagement at the University of Nottingham ran an in-depth virtual conference discussing the need for action on the issues surrounding predatory marriage.


Solicitors Regulation Authority

SRA pursues “dishonesty” claims against ex-Fieldfisher partner

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) today argued that a former Fieldfisher partner was “plainly dishonest” when signing off on an “inaccurate and misleading” document. This allegation was put before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) as the SRA set out its case against Stephen Evans-Jones, who was said to be one of the firm’s “highest equity […]

London university

London Universities Purchasing Consortium expands panel to 17 firms

The London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC) has concluded its £30m panel review with 17 firms scoring a place. .The latest panel, which was launched in August 2020, sees seven additional firms appointed following the LUPC’s last review in 2017. Firms to have won a place include Addleshaw Goddard, BLM, DAC Beachcroft and Pinsent Masons while […]

Ofgem GC returns to Pinsent Masons

Ofgem’s former GC Euan McVicar has moved back to Pinsent Masons after eight years in-house.  McVicar joins as senior climate adviser in the firm’s climate change mitigation and sustainability team, having served as GC at Ofgem for two years. He moved to the energy regulator from Green Investment Group, where he served as GC between […]

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