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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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Shearman chief sets ultimatum for capital markets

Shearman & Sterling’s new management is commanding its capital markets group to shape up or face the consequences, as it embarks on a concerted bid to improve profit at the firm. Shearman & Sterling‘s new management is commanding its capital markets group to shape up or face the consequences, as it embarks on a concerted bid to […]

CC poised to introduce all- equity partnership model

Partners to vote on axing salaried partner layer and stretching lockstep at lower and upper ends Clifford Chance is set to unveil radical proposals which could see the firm become an all-equity partnership as part of its overhaul of the global lockstep.Clifford Chance is set to unveil radical proposals which could see the firm become […]

Recent recruit Thomas to lead Hunton London

US law firm Hunton & Williams has appointed AIM specialist Martin Thomas as managing partner of the firm’s London office. He replaces Drew Murphy, who has returned to the United States where he will continue to head the firm’s energy and project finance practice. Thomas joined Hunton & Williams in September last year from Hammonds […]

The disposition deposition

Where there’s people, there’s problems. Rachel Brushfield explains how to beat personality clashes By nature, lawyers tend to have sharp and analytical minds. They also generally take a challenging and competitive approach to work, especially litigation lawyers. This ‘picking holes’ style is a great asset when applied to case work, but if you are personally […]

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