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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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Pro bono bus goes on national tour

National Pro Bono Week (7-11 June) is being launched with the help of a double-decker bus to encourage members of the legal profession into voluntary work. The specially-designed bus will tour Birmingham, Bolton, Bournemouth, Liverpool, London, Newcastle and Warwick. Lawyers will be able to board the bus for specialist training and in some locations free […]

Hammonds swoop for Wragge & Co private equity partner

Wragge & Co has lost its fifth partner in six months, with private equity partner Peter McLintock quitting to join the Birmingham arm of Midlands rival Hammonds. McLintock, previously a senior legal adviser to venture capitalist 3i is leaving the Birmingham giant to head up Hammonds’ Midlands private equity practice. Confirming McLintock’s resignation Wragges’ senior […]

Taking the fight to the Nigerian courts

In a case already tainted by corruption, Peters & Peters’ Keith Oliver prepares to do battle for client Banco Noroeste Keith Oliver, partner at the commercial and criminal fraud law firm Peters & Peters, says he enjoys pushing the boundaries of possibility in litigation. He claims to be doing precisely that in his latest venture: […]

Ashurst takes on QC for Co-op retrial

Ashurst has appointed Stuart Catchpole QC of 39 Essex Street to litigate the retrial of the Co-op’s epic case against Fujitsu Services. Catchpole takes over from Christopher Carr QC of One Essex Court, who was counsel for the Co-op’s successful appeal against Mr Justice Seymour’s outrageous first instance judgment. Richard Mawrey QC of Henderson Chambers […]

CC Washington managing partner jumps ship

Clifford Chance’s Washington DC managing partner has joined the constant flow of firm departures, upping sticks for the Securities Industry Association. Ira Hammerman, a legacy Rogers & Wells partner, will become senior vice president and general counsel at the association. Hammerman practised with Rogers & Wells and its 2000 merger partner Clifford Chance for over […]

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