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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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Access to justice hampered by court inefficiencies

Inefficient administration in court offices is hampering access to justice, according to the findings of the latest Law Society survey. The sixth Woolf Questionnaire surveyed solicitors across the UK, asking about the effectiveness of civil justice reforms. Nearly four out of ten respondents said that inefficient administration in court offices has had an impact on […]

Real estate deals round-up

Burges Salmon (Mark Paterson) advised the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on the largest PFI defence contract to close in the UK. Under the £2.5bn Skynet 5 Private Finance Initiative, Paradigm Secure Communications, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS), will deliver secure military satellite communications services to the MoD over […]

MPs call for rethink on capping asylum advice at five hours

There was a collective sigh of relief from immigration law practitioners last week when MPs rapped ministers’ knuckles over plans to reduce costs by capping legal aid asylum advice at five hours. It comes as little surprise. So unfair and counterproductive were the proposed time limits that they prompted protest from a wide coalition of […]

Human rights campaigners: terrorist ruling amounts to a ‘perversion of justice’

The ruling in which 10 terrorist suspects interned under the Government’s emergency powers lost their appeals last week amounted to “a perversion of justice”, according to human rights campaigners. The Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) dismissed the appeal of the men, who for the most part had been held in high-security prisons or mental hospitals […]

4-ward thinking

As controller of legal and compliance for Channel 4, arguably the UK’s most innovative television channel, Jan Tomalin is used to living life on the edge. Alex Wade reports Do it first, make trouble and inspire change” is not the kind of maxim adopted by many lawyers. Not in their professional lives, at least, where conservatism often […]

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