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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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Advocacy rates fuel fees row

Angry barristers’ reports of solicitor-advocates grossing up to twice as much as them in legal aid fees for the same advocacy work in the Crown Court, has spurred the Bar Council to seek urgent changes to the fee rates. The Bar is concerned that solicitors’ hourly legal aid rates for minor court work, established before […]

Clearing up confusion

In his article published on 13 September “The case against unit trusts”, Mr Morton is at best confusing and at worst inaccurate. He compares unit trusts with investment trusts, saying that shareholders in investment trusts can always sell in the stockmarket even if the price is unattractive. This is simply not true. In the worst […]

Bar hit by subs shortfall

Bar Council finances have been hit once again by barristers’ non-payment of subscriptions, which left a hole of some u157,000 in the Bar’s budgeted subscription income of u2 million for the year April 1993 to April 1994. But according to the draft accounts to be discussed at last weekend’s Bar Council meeting, total income deficit […]

Brechers brushes up its images

Simon rogers reports London firm Brecher & Co has bought a litigation support system from supplier Ymijs. Ymijs’s (pronounced ‘images’) system is already used by other litigation departments, including those of Turner Kenneth Brown and Gouldens. The package, Rkyv (pronounced ‘archive’), is able to store hard copy documents once they have been scanned into the […]

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