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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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Three form South African giant

Three of South Africa’s largest law firms have joined forces to form one of the top five legal services outfits in the country, with a partner count of more than 60. Finance heavyweight Bowman Gilfillan Haymen Godfrey is joining forces with IP specialists John & Kernick, and shipping, insurance and energy experts Findlay & Tait, […]

Quotes of the week

“The Daleks have run amok. Wherever they see a committee, it’s exterminate them, exterminate them.” “They want a Law Society that will roar back. Lions roar back. Monkeys just run around, scratch themselves and make noise. I want us to be a lion.” – Law Society council members Kenneth Byass and Kerry MacGill respectively, at […]

Law Soc council says yes to executive committee

The Law Society’s reform plan received the go-ahead from the council this week, dooming 48 committees but giving birth to an executive committee from 1 February next year. However, council members were divided over plans to select, rather than elect, members of the interim executive that will drive the changes through until June next year. […]

In brief: Mishcons loses Diana memorial fund work

Mishcon de Reya has lost out to London media specialists Harbottle & Lewis to become legal advisers to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. Harbottle & Lewis beat a further 60 tenders to advise the fund. However Mishcon de Reya will, in the short term, continue to manage the UK end of litigation in […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Diana Parker

Diana Parker was born in Newcastle in 1957. She is senior partner elect at Withers. What was your first job? Aged 14, teaching German at a Saturday school to children of English/German parents – I have always been presumptuous. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? I don’t think it reached five figures. […]

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