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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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Mullins quits as SIF managing director

Elizabeth Mullins, managing director at the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (Sif), is resigning just six months before the company is due to close. Mullins, who has been with Sif for 16 years and managing director for three, is believed to have resigned last week. It was expected that Mull-ins would continue as part of the joint […]

Scuffle of the week

The army v families of those shot on Bloody Sunday. Lawyers for the families said that they intended to investigate Guardian reports of an army memo at the time that said: ‘The minimum force necessary to achieve a restoration of law and order is to shoot selected ringleaders among the DVH [Derry’s Young Hooligans, as […]

Head of chambers at 11 Stone Buildings resigns

Michael Beckman QC is stepping down as head of chambers at 11 Stone Buildings after leading it since its inception 25 years ago. Beckman will be replaced by commercial chancery and sports law expert Murray Rosen QC. Rosen is the founding chairman of the Bar’s Sports Law Group and his practice covers commercial fraud, insolvency, […]

Tree felling in High Court

A woman who was fined £500 and ordered to pay £2,500 in legal costs after felling a tree in her garden has been given the green light to challenge her conviction in the High Court. A hearing is expected before the summer vacation. The fine and legal costs order were imposed on 76-year-old Josephine O’Hare […]

Educating the lawyers

The Lawyer discovers how barristers, in-house lawyers and City law firms can benefit from the right training. Continuing professional development for the bar The Bar Council is phasing in compulsory continuing professional development (CPD) for all practising barristers from 1 January 2001, as part of its commitment to improve and maintain standards. The Code of […]

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