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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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Salans’ HR goes global with Hesketh hire

Salans’ chief operating officer, Neil ­Woodcock, appreciates that traditional career paths are a thing of the past – that is why he has signed up a global HR head. Salans has snapped up former ­Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer HR ­manager Judith Hesketh. The ever-expanding reach of the firm, together with changing attitudes to happiness at work, […]

Riding out the storm

Following the bursting of Spain’s real estate bubble, borrowers and banks alike have been trying to stave off insolvencies. But some provisions are unlikely to work, warn Ángel Alonso Hernández and Ángel Pérez López Up until last year, the Spanish economy had been growing above the European Union average. This economic bonanza was fuelled by, […]

Cohen Milstein advertises for BA-Virgin price fix claimants

Cohen Milstein Hausfeld & Toll is to launch an ad campaign to encourage people affected by the British Airways-Virgin price fixing scam to claim. US class action firm Cohen Milstein Hausfeld & Toll is to launch an advertising campaign to encourage people affected by the British Airways and Virgin price fixing scam to make a […]

BPP Law School adds Jones Day

BPP Law School has scooped a mandate to teach the LPC to all of Jones Days’ future trainees. BPP ;Law ;School ;has scooped a mandate to teach the LPC to all of Jones Days’ future trainees. Jones Day is the latest in a string of firms to have ­selected BPP as its preferred LPC provider. Others include the […]

Clydes’ new international board to set global vision

Clyde & Co partners have okayed plans to set up an international board aimed at driving the firm’s global strategy. At the firm’s international conference on 28 June, the partners passed a motion to allow its worldwide ­strategy to be run out of Dubai, with the new board set to be chaired by commercial ­partner […]

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