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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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With three academics and only one lawyer on the panel, will the Legal Education and Training Review listen to the needs of private practice? Professional regulators and academics both love a meaty research project, and when the two combine forces, it’s time to sit back and watch the layers of complexity pile up like dung […]

Sweden’s Vinge names new managing partner

Swedish independent Vinge has appointed finance partner Maria-Pia Hope as its new managing partner. Hope was selected for the role by the firm’s five-partner management board and will succeed Michael Wigge in the job, taking over by June this year. Wigge was managing partner between 2000 and 2004 and again from 2007 until 2012. He […]

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The New Data Protection Regulation – An Opportunity Missed

On Wednesday 25 January we saw the European Commission’s proposal for updating the European Union’s data protection regime in the form of a new Data Protection Regulation. The contents of the document weren’t entirely unexpected, partly as a result of various clues and hints that had emerged from DG Justice over the last year or […]

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DLA’s Knowles got £1.7m profit share in 2010-11

DLA Piper’s highest earning partner, understood to be joint chief executive officer and managing partner Nigel Knowles, earned £1.711m in 2010-11, up from £1.627m the year before, according to the firm’s LLPs. DLA Piper International’s LLP accounts, which comprise the firm’s operations in the UK, Continental Europe, the Middle East and Asia, also show that […]

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