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Cartels and the construction sector: Levelling up and screwing down

In recent years, the UK’s construction sector has not had a happy track record with respect to competition law enforcement, where the Competition and Markets Authority has fined construction companies a total of £67 million across five cases. Of particular significance is the increased focus on individual responsibility, as these cases also led to the disqualification of 11 directors and two criminal convictions.

Snapshot: Enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in the Cayman Islands

Foreign arbitral awards may be enforced relatively quickly and easily in the Cayman Islands and the Cayman Islands courts are willing to assist with the recovery of judgment debts. This Snapshot provides an overview of the recognition process and the steps that are then available for enforcement.

Jersey Royal Court concludes there is no substratum rule that applies to Jersey trusts

The Royal Court has recently clarified the Jersey law position of whether a trust is able to lose its substratum. Following analysis of the recent decision of the Bermuda Court of Appeal in Grand View Private Trust Company Limited v Wong & Ors, the Royal Court concluded that there was no substratum rule which applied to Jersey trusts and that powers of addition or exclusion contained within Jersey trusts should be given their natural meaning.

Working with AI

On 23 September 2021 Shoosmiths hosted its latest IHL webinar on working with AI: the key types, implementing AI and what the future might bring. Ian Blackwell represented Next Retail Ltd on the panel, alongside Simon McArdle and Sebastian Price, Commercial Partners at Shoosmiths.


Pinsents corporate recovery head joins Sidley

Pinsent Curtis Biddle’s national head of corporate recovery Patrick Corr is joining US firm Sidley Austin Brown & Wood’s London office as a partner He will specialise in cross-border bankruptcy work. Pinsents said it was recruiting to replace him.

Blakes lures Deacons employment partner

Top Australian firm Blake Dawson Waldron has poached key employment partner Steve Bennett from Brisbane rival Deacons Bennett is taking with him a senior associate, two other lawyers and support staff. The departures reduce the size of Deacons’ Brisbane employment practice by two-thirds.Bennett has already started work at Blakes, having been in negotiation with the […]

Gibson Dunn and Travers collaborate on Bridgepoint's Virgin investment

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner Nicholas Aleksander found himself teaming up with former colleagues from Travers Smith Braithwaite as the two firms worked on Bridgepoint Capital’s investment in Virgin Active.The London office of Gibson Dunn advised the management on the deal, with Travers Smith partner Charles Barter acting for long-time client Bridgepoint. Bridgepoint acquired a […]

Croatian Zagrebacka Banka picks A&O for share bid advice

Allen & Overy’s (A&O) corporate department has scooped a major new client in the form of leading Croatian bank Zagrebacka Banka (ZB).A&O first met ZB on the other side of a deal in May 1998. A&O’s Andrew Wilson had been advising Daiwa and Merrill Lynch as underwriters on a global offering of shares in Pliva […]

White & Case hikes NY with Squadron group

International law firm White & Case has taken an eight-lawyer litigation team from US firm Squadron Ellenoff Plesent & Sheinfeld to its New York office Partners Lawrence Byrne and Joseph Armao and six associates jumped ship just as the merger between Hogan & Hartson and Squadron took effect.Byrne said: “I’d been a partner at Squadron […]

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