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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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Wragges beats City to BA deal

Wragge & Co has triumphed over four City firms to win work advising British Airways (BA) on a major outsourcing contract. It is understood that the Birmingham-based firm secured the work after undergoing a beauty parade against Slaughter and May, Linklaters & Alliance, Simmons & Simmons and Garretts. The work involves putting together a proposal […]

Singapore set to relax practice restrictions

The Singapore government is about to give the green light to foreign lawyers to practise local law. When passed, the amendments to the Legal Profession Act currently before the Singapore parliament could open a floodgate for firms wishing to strengthen their Asia operations. Foreign firms with offices in Singapore are currently unable to practise local […]

Taking the stigma from bankruptcy

The Department of Trade and Industry is considering taking a leaf out of the US statute book and cutting the penalties imposed on bankrupts. Should going bust attract its traditional stigma? The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is seeking to reduce the stigma attached to bankruptcy by repealing laws which prevent insolvents from holding […]

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