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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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City firm Barlow Lyde & Gilbert is continuing its policy of aggressive expansion in the corporate department as it takes on two new partners and a senior assistant. Rajita Sharma joins from Hammond Suddards Edge in Birmingham where she was head of intellectual property (IP) and media. She has vast experience of IP in commercial […]

Osborne Clarke Frankfurt dumps merger strategy

Osborne Clarke is refocusing its strategy in Frankfurt and is abandoning its original plan to merge in preference of making a number of lateral hires. The move follows the decision at the end of last year of German ally Graf von Westphalen Fritze & Modest’s Frankfurt office to split from the rest of the firm. […]

Rail lawyer joins Cripps Harries Hall

A former deputy director for the Office of the Rail Regulator has joined Kent firm Cripps Harries Hall as a corporate partner. Stephen Williams was a property partner at Linklaters & Alliance between 1988 and 1999, during which time he worked on the British Rail privatisation. He subsequently joined US real estate company ProLogis Trust […]

Watkins sent to Reed Smith Coventry

Reed Smith Warner Cranston has bolstered its property practice with the hire of former Eversheds partner Nigel Watkins to its Coventry office. Watkins left Eversheds’ Birmingham office last month after 33 years, where he was key in creating the national firm. His departure is unrelated to the process currently underway of slicing an estimated 10 […]

MoFo snatches Couderts capital markets partner

Morrison & Foerster‘s (MoFo) Hong Kong office has recruited a Coudert Brothers partner as it undergoes a management shakeup. Venantius Tan has been with US firm Couderts since 1993, working in the New York and Hong Kong offices, but will now join technology specialist MoFo. Tan concentrates on corporate and securities work, acting mainly for […]

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