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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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Lawyers must keep independence

Shadow Attorney General Edward Garnier QC argues that Lord Irvine’s plans for a Criminal Defence Service threaten the constitutional role of the judiciary. On 5 July, the Lord Chancellor made a speech to the Third Worldwide Common Law Judiciary Conference in Edinburgh. He concentrated his remarks on what he called the “cornerstone issues” of judicial […]

Former NUJ legal officer takes union to tribunal

The former legal officer for the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) is taking the union to an employment tribunal after it moved its out-of-house legal work from Stephens Innocent to Thompsons. Sally Gilbert, now a senior solicitor in Stephens Innocent’s employment department, is claiming unfair dismissal and breach of contract, saying her role was greatly […]

Taking shares as fees could pay dividends

In the week in which Dixons’ Freeserve became the first big new media flotation in the UK, having a stake in an IT company appeared to offer the promise of huge profits to come. Whether those who are surfing the stockmarket as well as the web will see those profits in the short term, of […]

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Speech given by Jack Pratchard at a recent partners meeting. …You know me. I’m the rainmaker – I don’t often dip my toe into Lake Law. But when Toby Tucker, chief executive of Tucker’s Quarrying Limited, demands our top man to help set up Tucker’s Kingdom of Slate – the largest slate wholesaler in Dorset […]

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