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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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Continental merger creates first “truly European firm'

Leading continental firm Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot is to merge with 140-lawyer German practice Gleiss Lutz Hootz Hirsch to form what it claims is the first “truly European firm”. However, the merged firm will still have no UK law capacity and it said a tie-up with an Anglo-Saxon firm will be the next priority. The […]

Bishops builds up Lithuanian business

Glasgow firm Bishop and Robertson Chalmers is advising the Lithuanian government on reforming its advertising law – drawing on its team of 16 legal experts brought together from all over the European Union (EU). The project is part of Bishops’ long-term work advising the government on an overhaul of its basic commercial laws. The practice […]

Preparing for commercial life

In the wake of The Lawyer survey revealing widespread trainee disillusionment, Jacqueline Siers calls for more co-operation between academia and firms. Jacqueline Siers is chief executive of BPP Law School. Reading the articles about students seeking to leave the profession (The Lawyer, 19 May), I was struck not so much by what was said as […]

Asda slices through Parma case

Roger Pearson examines the positive affect that successful litigation can have on a supermarket chain’s reputation A recent High Court battle over the rights of supermarket chain Asda to sell ham that was produced in Italy but packaged and sliced in the UK as Parma ham, has served as a practical example of how successful […]

Are snowballing mergers necessary?

For the third week running, The Lawyer’s front page reveals major City merger talks. Even Clifford Chance and Ashursts have been talking. Are all these mergers really necessary? Until only a decade or so ago, you could look around the City and find most of the same firms advising the same clients they had had […]

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