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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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Cooley Godward secures merger with Kronish Lieb

Silicon Valley-based firm Cooley Godward has ended its long-running search for a merger partner, announcing a tie-up with New York litigation boutique Kronish Lieb Weiner & Hellman. The merger, which will be effective from 1 October, will to create a 550-lawyers national US firm to be known as Cooley Godward Kronish. Cooley Godward, which is […]

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The future of the UK’s energy supply is an issue of critical importance. There was with little wonder, then, at the level of eager anticipation with which lawyers and industry bodies greeted the long-awaited Energy Review from the Government, published in July. With issues such as climate change and global warming now prominent in the […]

Burness overhauls management team

Scottish firm Burness has reshuffled its management team, after promoting former head of property Ian Wattie to managing partner at the start of August. Partner Richard Rennie becomes the new head of property, with head of banking Scott Wilson elected onto the newly-created governance and strategy board. Wilson joins Wattie and firm chairman Philip Rodney […]

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