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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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Bye Bye Beijing

Western firms are still in the early stages of figuring out how to succeed in China and anecdotal mutterings from lawyers seem to suggest that, at present, the country is a money pit, with few tapping the nation’s vast potential to any great profits success. Now Salans has decided that its scattergun strategy of having […]

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The carrot beats the stick

Mediation has proven itself an invaluable aid to business – just so long as it’s not foisted on the participants The Government has introduced the automatic referral to a mediator of all claims below the current small claims limit of £5,000. One could be forgiven for thinking this the thin end of the wedge of […]

European moves: 12 April 2012

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices. Baltics Swedish firm Magnusson has launched an office in Estonia with the hire of partners Siim Mägi and Indrek Veso, who join from local firms Glikman & Partners and Veso & Partners (28 March 2012). Benelux Dutch firm Houthoff Buruma has […]

Ashurst adds Milan corporate team from Pavia e Ansaldo

Ashurst has boosted its Italian presence with the appointment of partner Alessandro Giovannelli as head of corporate. Giovannelli joins Ashurst’s Milan office from Italian domestic firm Pavia e Ansaldo, bringing with him five lawyers. The team includes counsel Matteo Colombari and Matteo Delucchi and senior associate Fabrizio Scaparro, and focuses particularly on private equity. The […]

Slaughter and May helps BA secure OFT fine reduction

A team of lawyers from Slaughter and May has successfully convinced the OFT to halve a price-fixing fine imposed on British Airways (BA). A five-year investigation concluded today with the OFT announcing that BA would be fined £58.5m for engaging in anti-competitive practices with Virgin Atlantic Airways between 2004 and 2006. In 2007, under an […]

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