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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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Black Solicitors Network awarded seat on Law Society Council

The Law Society Council yesterday approved the allocation of a seat to the Black Solicitors Network (BSN). The seat, one of three held in reserve, will be filled following an election on 16 September. An overwhelming majority of Council members voted in favour of the application. It is hoped that the new seat will help […]

Cleary Gottlieb scoops fourth Linklaters hire

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has plucked a fourth Linklaters lateral, this time from its London derivatives and structured products group. The resignation of Simon Ovenden, a partner with Linklaters since 1997, was announced within the magic circle firm this afternoon (18 May) when senior partner Anthony Cann confirmed in an internal memo that the […]

Regional firms buck City trend in year-end results

Regional law firms have shrugged off the economic malaise impacting their City contemporaries by reporting solid figures for the last financial year. Pannone & Partners, Ward Hadaway and Hill Dickinson have all seen turnover for 2003-04 substantially increase. Manchester’s Pannones saw billings grow by a robust 20.4 per cent to £29.5m, Ward Hadaway reported a […]

Law Society considers training contract shake-up

The Law Society’s council has given the green light to a plan that could spell the end of the two-year training contract period for trainees solicitors. At the council’s quarterly meeting, convened last week, a draft statement on the long-running Training Framework Review, begun in 2001, was approved, which aims to bring flexibility into the […]

Crosby Renouf takes Azorean fishing fight to EU

Brussels firm Crosby Renouf has been instructed for the first time on behalf of Portugal’s Azores Islands in a landmark action against the EU’s Council of Ministers. The firm is challenging EU regulation 1954/2003, which enables European fishermen to operate off the coast of the Azores, on the grounds that it breaches the EU’s own […]

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