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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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BPP creates ‘Access to Practice’ scheme

BPP Law School has launched an ‘Access to Practice’ scheme to help students without contacts in the legal profession to secure training contracts. The scheme, which was launched formally last month, will be run through BPP’s careers service in Leeds, London and Manchester. Students have to apply to participate in the scheme, but those who […]

Gianni rocked by four-partner walk-out

Italian independent Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners has suffered the mass resignation of four partners and a team of assoociates. Rome-based partners Andrea Mazziotti di Celso, Fabio Labruna and Antonio Segni and Milan partner Aldo Palumbo quit last night (31 January) following clashes with management over strategy. The equity partners and a team of 20 […]

Lovells underperformers under threat

Lovells has concluded its protracted lockstep review and has given the firm’s partnership council the power to move under-performing partners down its equity ladder. Under the new system, the partnership council will be able to downgrade partners or freeze them on certain points with the agreement of the partners concerned. The resolution giving the partnership […]

Fish & Richardson $30m malpractice award upheld

Silicon Valley-based IP firm Fish & Richardson has had a $30m (£17m) award against the firm reinstated after failing in its attempt to have a legal malpractice case against it reheard.The original case, heard in 2003, concerned a complaint by chemica… Boston-based IP firm Fish & Richardson has had a $30m (£17m) award against the […]

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