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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

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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Argles fills new chief executive role

South East firm Argles Stoneham Burstows has created a chief executive role which will be taken up by the former head of Alsop Wilkinson. Chartered accountant Christopher Honeyman Brown has been working as a consultant to the firm and joins from accountants Horwath Clark Whitehall. Honeyman Brown joined Alsop Wilkinson as chief executive in 1996, […]

Stibbe splits from Paris office after Latham talks

Paris pushed before it can jump; Latham & Watkins interested in only French, German and UK offices European law firm Stibbe is splitting following talks between the firm’s Paris office and US law firm Latham & Watkins. Partners in Amsterdam, Brussels, London and New York claim they are causing the split because of a disagreement […]

Stephens & Scown replaces chief with five-strong team

Devon and Cornwall firm Stephens & Scown has launched a new corporate-style management board to run the firm. The five-strong elected team takes over from senior partner Roger Keast, who retired on 5 April. It is led by the firm’s former deputy senior partner Ian Pawley, who becomes managing partner. The other members are private […]

MoFo ditches pay banding system for associates

San Francisco firm Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) is taking the unusual step of abandoning its traditional banded pay system for associates. Historically, the firm has given hourly-based bonuses on top of basic pay, which was set for each year group, but is to start paying all associates according to individual evaluations. It is believed to […]

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