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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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Sharia trusts’ use of forced heirship rights tends to fragment share ownership down the generations, in some cases sparking disputes. Toby Graham advises on what to watch out for. Trust and family disputes are on the increase. In particular, there is some vulnerability within sharia trusts – although there are ways in which these risks […]

Heller Ehrman revenue drops after string of settlements

West Coast-based US firm Heller Ehrman has followed New York’s Cadwalder Wickersham & Taft as the second US firm to record a drop in revenues and profit in 2007. Heller’s turnover dipped 2 per cent to $491m during the last financial year while average profit per equity partner dropped slightly from $1.035m to $1m. Heller […]

Linklaters launches Dutch insolvency team with Simmons hire

Linklaters has launched a restructuring & insolvency practice in the Netherlands with the hire of a Simmons & Simmons partner. Corporate recovery lawyer Paul Kuipers joins Linklaters’ Amsterdam office today as counsel from Simmons’ local office. Global head of restructuring & insolvency Tony Bugg said: “We are seeing an increasing demand for restructuring & insolvency […]

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Norton Rose is apparently very happy living next to London mayor Ken Livingstone’s City Hall offices by Tower Bridge. So much so that the firm held a family fun day in the summer. Norton Rose is apparently very happy living next to London mayor Ken Livingstone’s City Hall offices by Tower Bridge. So much so […]

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