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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

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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Phone-hacking lawyer prepares to launch claims in US

Taylor Hampton partner Mark Lewis is set to bring a number of phone-hacking claims against News Corporation in the US courts. Lewis has confirmed that he will be discussing three cases with New York-based lawyer Norman Siegel, a former director of the New York Civil Liberties Union. It is the first time that legal action […]

Snow joke for panel lawyers

The last time a high street bank slashed its conveyancing panel, one objector launched a Government e-petition. The argument against HSBC was that slashing the roster of firms that can advise on its residential property sales from thousands to 43 was harsh on homebuyers in far-out locations who now have to travel to the nearest […]

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Withers’ bid to take client money dispute to Supreme Court rejected

Withers has been refused permission to appeal to the Supreme Court a dispute brought against it over client money. In December the appellate court ruled against Withers, finding that when determining whether client money held by a lawyer could be subject to a lien to cover legal fees, the issue was whether the money had […]

DLA Piper adds Goldman director to London partnership

DLA Piper has hired an executive director from Goldman Sachs to join its restructuring practice in London. Justin Conway, who was an executive director and senior counsel at Goldman, joins DLA Piper’s London restructuring practice as a partner. At Goldman, Conway provided transactional legal advice to the private distressed bank loan and high-yield loan trading […]

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