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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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Monckton leads as Nokia prepares for price-fixing showdown

Mobile phone giant Nokia has been given permission to take a damages claim to trial, with a team from Monckton Chambers preparing to argue that its client has been the victim of an alleged price-fixing cartel. Monckton’s Christopher Vajda QC, Paul Harris QC and Ben Raymond were instructed by Bird & Bird partner Gerry Kamstra […]

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Six partners quit Dewey for NY’s Sutherland Asbill & Brennan

Dewey & LeBoeuf has seen a further six partners leave the firm, with a team of insurance and tax lawyers quitting to join Sutherland Asbill & Brennan in New York. Transactional insurance partner James Dwyer, insurance partner Jeffrey Mace and insurance regulatory partners John Pruitt and Cynthia Shoss are set to move to Sutherland alongside […]

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Allen & Overy and Allen & Gledhill call time on tie-up talks

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Singapore’s Allen & Gledhill have called off tie-up talks after failing to agree terms. The two firms announced their decision today (26 March), four months after The Lawyer first revealed that they were holding exploratory talks (3 November 2011). A spokesperson for A&O said: “We’ve concluded our discussion with Allen […]

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Lawyers give mixed response to Woodcock age discrimination ruling

Employment lawyers have given a mixed response to an eagerly anticipated Court of Appeal (CoA) ruling on whether discrimination can be justified by saving costs. Ruling in Woodcock v Cumbria Primary Care Trust, Lady Justice Arden, Lord Justice Rimer and Mr Justice Ryder found that former Cumbria Primary Care Trust (PCT) chief executive Nigel Woodcock […]

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