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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…

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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 […]

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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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The Australian Supreme Court has ordered the closure of the Aboriginal Legal Service (ALS), a pioneering group dedicated to representing aborigines which was equipped with solicitors to defend them in civil and criminal cases. The ALS, which was set up 25 years ago and run by aborigines, was ironically shot in the foot by aborigines […]

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Law Lords in Northern Ireland have given an Irish man detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act leave to appeal. Charles Begley claims police wrongly refused to allow his solicitor to attend interviews the police had with him. Begley was detained under s.14 of the 1989 Act on suspicion of involvement in the murder of […]

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I read with interest the letter from David McIntosh in your issue of 25 February. There is a world of difference between accepting certain basic principles on the one hand and, on the other, apparently deliberately making attempts, in a public forum, to lay stress on practices, whether they are common or not, which are […]

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