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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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Employers must be aware of the extent of their duty to adjust for disabled employees or risk falling foul of the Disability Discrimination Act. By Jane Mann and Charis Martyn In the UK, 11 million people aged 16 or over are disabled, as defined under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA). Only 44 per cent […]

SABMiller appoints Lovells veteran as new GC

Lovells has been rocked by the departure of veteran corporate partner John Davidson to key client SABMiller. Davidson, Lovells’ relationship partner for SABMiller, joins the brewery group as company secretary and general counsel. He replaces current company secretary Andrew Tonkinson upon his planned retirement in August. Davidson’s departure from Lovells was announced internally today (26 […]

Gide launches in Hong Kong

Gide Loyrette Nouel is launching an office in Hong Kong in an effort to build on its extensive Asian capability. The French firm has recently been granted a licence to operate in Hong Kong and will open its office in June. Beijing-based partner Stéphane Vernay will be responsible for running the new office, assisted by […]

Firms reveal German partner promotions

It Is that time of year again when hardworking and ambitious senior associates wait to see if they have impressed their bosses and can join the partnership. As has been well documented by The Lawyer, it can be hard enough making it into the partnership, but for the associates of the UK-headquartered firms there is […]

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