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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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Osborne Clarke expands to Reading

Corporate and IT specialist Osborne Clarke is to open a new office in the rapidly developing Thames Valley region. The Reading office will initially be staffed by employment specialist Danielle Kingdon, who will be partner in charge of the office, and London-based corporate partner Richard Smerdon. Osborne Clarke managing partner Leslie Perrin said the firm […]

An all-round role

A host of new EU and UK legislation is keeping the Employment Law Bar Association busy, says Robin Allen QC. Robin Allen QC is chair of the Employment Law Bar Association and a barrister at Cloisters. The Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA) plays a central role in all aspects of employment law: advising, educating and […]

Dorset to lose nine courthouses

Dorset’s 11 magistrates courts will be reduced to two by 2007 under the county’s Magistrates Courts Committee’s (MCC) new strategic plan. The plan, the most radical reorganisation of courthouses in the UK, has already been condemned by local lawyers and magistrates. In August, The Lawyer conducted an exclusive survey of all non-metropolitan magistrates courts in […]

Mind the gaps on Tupe

The House of Lords must sort out the confusion regarding the transfer of undertakings regulations says Simon Mills. Simon Mills is a barrister at One Essex Court chambers. Last year’s decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in Wilson v St Helens Borough Council created a swell of uneasiness among employment practitioners. The EAT held […]

Watford partner set to become Lord Mayor

Richard Nichols, senior partner at six-partner high street practice Sedgwick Kelly in Watford, has been elected the Lord Mayor of London. His election by the members of the City’s livery companies was unopposed. He will serve a year in office, from his inauguration on 8 November. Lord Mayors must have been previously elected both an […]

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