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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

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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Shoosmiths advises on £2.8m investment in aviation group

Shoosmiths has advised Business Growth Fund on a £2.8m growth capital investment in RVL Group, an aviation services provider that operates a fleet of 15 aircraft based at East Midlands Airport.   Part of the investment is to be used for the final stages of a major project to design and create a spray system […]

No5 Chambers’ van Overdijk co-authors book on protection of adults

Claire van Overdijk, member of No5 Chambers Court of Protection group, has co-authored a book titled  ‘The International Protection of Adults’, which concerns cross border mental capacity law. Also authored by Richard Frimston, Alexander Ruck Keene and Adrian Ward MBE, the book will be published by Oxford University Press in February 2015. International Protection of […]

Fried Frank axes Hong Kong and Shanghai offices in Asia shutdown

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Scotland’s Burness Paull increases bank balance in year after merger

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