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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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Allen & Overy (A&O) corporate partner Keith Godfrey has died unexpectedly while he was on holiday with his family. Godfrey, who was 50, joined A&O as an articled clerk in 1974. He qualified in the corporate department and became a partner in 1981. He specialised in corporate finance and general corporate work and was relationship […]

D&P boosts European coverage with Lindh

Alliance grows to nine as top Scandinavian commercial law firm signs up DLA is adding one of Scandinavia’s largest law firms to its international alliance DLA & Partners (D&P) giving it a presence in all the key Western European jurisdictions. Lindh Stabell Horten, which has offices in Copenhagen, Oslo, Bergen and Stockholm, will join D&P […]

Plan for future

Margaret Casely-Hayford, a planning partner at Denton Wilde Sapte who represented a developer in one of the cases, likens the scene to “one of those wonderful paintings you see of a 19th century courtroom, with barristers falling off the edge of the benches” and instructing solicitors “perched” on the benches behind. But where does the […]

Cr chelverton properties

Mark Dakeyne’s team at Wragge & Co won the role of adviser on this deal with Richmond Land via a longstanding relationship with private property company Richardson Group, parent company of Foxborough Developments. Carillion is also a client of Wragges. The partnership purchased interests in nine existing property development schemes from Richmond, with an anticipated […]

Getting real

While the whole of the legal market has changed dramatically over the last five years or so, the world of the paralegal has been transformed. Once the preserve of the non-graduate, increasingly those with legal qualifications who are waiting to find the right training contract are taking refuge as paralegals. But the UK market has […]

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