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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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Councils demand more time to draw up gambling laws

Local authorities are warning of chaos and confusion unless the Government gives them at least three times longer to implement new gambling laws. In a letter to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the Local Authorities Coordinating Office on Regulatory Services chair Geoffrey Theobald said that authorities were put in an “unacceptable position” […]

Shearman loses M&A star to Hogan

Shearman & Sterling‘s London office has been hit by the departure of highly rated M&A partner Jonathan Coppin to join the UK arm of Hogan & Hartson. Coppin, who joined Shearman four years ago from Norton Rose following a protracted search for a senior M&A partner, will head Hogan’s developing London M&A and corporate practice. […]

Birmingham chambers collapses

Birmingham set Three Fountain Court has collapsed, leaving nearly 50 barristers without chambers. Rent increases and stalling fee revenue led to a financial crisis for Three Fountain Court. The set specialises in criminal and family matters, deriving much of its fees from Legal Aid. Stephen Linehan, head of chambers at Three Fountain Court, said in […]

Right on at Mishcon

Mishcons recently emerged as proportionately one of the City’s most ecologically sound firms, with news that around 10 per cent of its partners drive electric cars. Now news reaches Tulkinghorn that the firm is also making a bid to be the City’s most ‘right on’ bunch. Recently it swapped its suppliers of bottled water for […]

Shearman to migrate Hong Kong staff to new Shanghai office

Shearman & Sterling is gearing up to launch in Shanghai within the year, with plans to transfer a large section of its Hong Kong team across to the new office. Beijing managing partner Lee Edwards said the firm expected to have the Shanghai office, its second in mainland China, operational by the fourth quarter of 2006 or the […]

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