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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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Increasingly sophisticated competitive forces in the global professional services arena, together with indications that the death of the hourly billing arrangement is nigh, are driving a relentless search for improved productivity to maintain and enhance high levels of profitability. Because of this, lawyers are now in the blessed position of being contactable night and day, […]

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Herbert Smith Appoints New Paris Partner

Herbert Smith has tempted leading EU/competition law partner, Claude Lazarus from French firm, Jeantet & Associes to join its Paris office. Lazarus, who has been a partner with Jeantet for 20 years, joins Herbert Smith early next year with a team of three assistant avocats. Neil Brimson, managing partner of Herbert Smith’s Paris office says: […]

Queen's Speech Heralds Limited Liability Partnerships

Limited liability partnerships came another step closer this week when the Government included the promise of a bill in the Queen’s speech. A Department of Trade and Industry spokesman says LLPs will be available to two or more persons carrying on any trade or profession and will have the organisational flexibility of a partnership, with […]

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