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Focus on Northern Ireland

As with other parts of the UK, the last 18 months have seen a period of exceptional market activity in the living sector in Northern Ireland, despite the economic challenges of Covid. Much of that activity has in fact been driven by the societal challenges and behavioural shifts brought about by the pandemic.

Canadian ESG for investors and lenders

Gowling WLG and Export Development Canada hosted an engaging virtual panel discussion focused on Canadian ESG in investing and lending. The panel touches on ESG in the context of our current market, as well as key considerations and upcoming developments in Canadian ESG.

Is this the end of rugby as we know it?

In the summer, new guidance was introduced for professional and amateur footballers to reduce the number of headers allowed in training and in use during a game. This followed an investigation into the impact of this move on the long term brain health of football players and a potential link to brain damage was raised.

Supreme Court of Canada on contract interpretation: Lessons from Corner Brook (City) v. Bailey

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decision in Corner Brook (City) v. Bailey provides helpful clarification and direction respecting the interpretations of contracts. The case arises in the context of the interpretation of a release. However, it has significantly broader application and reaffirms the contextual approach to the interpretation of contracts previously articulated in the SCC’s 2014 decision in Sattva.

Predatory marriage conference

Earlier this month, The Institute for Policy and Engagement at the University of Nottingham ran an in-depth virtual conference discussing the need for action on the issues surrounding predatory marriage.


Ashurst promotes smallest cohort in five years

Ashurst has unveiled its smallest partner promotions round since 2016, with 14 new partners making the grade. Five of the new promotions – around 35 per cent of the total – are based in London, with one partner apiece in investment funds, finance regulatory., dispute resolution and two in corporate transactions. It is understood that […]

Hogan Lovells ushers in new remote working policy

Hogan Lovells expects the majority of staff to spend at least 60 per cent of the working week in the office once its employees return in mid-September. With staff set to spend just under half of the week working remotely, the firm said this will serve as a response to certain staff’s wishes for a […]

Soho House

Three firms lead on Soho House IPO

Amid hope of recovery in the leisure sector, Herbert Smith Freehills, Sidley Austin and Davis Polk & Wardwell are lined up on the New York initial public offering (IPO) of private members club Soho House. The business intends to float under the name Membership Collective Group and was valued at $2bn after a $100m financing […]

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HFW to defend negligence claim from former client

Wilberforce Chambers has received instructions to defend HFW against allegations that it gave incorrect and negligent advice to a German oil and hydrocarbon storage company, causing it to lose millions of dollars under a contractual guarantee. The claimant, Oiltanking GmbH, now seeks $3,797,335 plus damages, interest and costs from the shipping and insurance specialist firm. […]

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