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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

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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Addleshaw Goddard has bagged the lead role ­acting on the e745m (£591.86m) project financing of a Dutch liquefied ­natural gas import terminal. The firm scored the instruction for Gate terminal – a joint venture of Dutch oil storage firms Vopak and Gasunie – through former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Amsterdam partner Andrew Petry, who joined Addleshaws […]

Thomas Eggar grows Southampton office

South East firm Thomas Eggar is moving six partners and 11 fee-earners to its new Southampton office from early ­September in a drive to focus on business development in the city. The group will practise in areas including commercial, ­dispute ­resolution and real estate. The lawyers will be ­accompanied by 13 ­support staff. Managing partner […]

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Collas Day expansion to encompass City, Jersey

Guernsey offshore firm Collas Day is to open a ­London office as part of a broader expansion plans. Commercial partner Jason Romer said: “To begin with it will be a marketing outpost, with one person encouraging more interaction between the London markets and Collas Day. “In time it will become a fee-earning office, but it’s […]

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