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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.


Cutback Camerons

Chancellor George Osborne has been singing and dancing all over the place in the last 48 hours, simultaneously trying to convince his banker mates that he still loves them while telling the rest of the world that they are, in fact, overpaid parasites. Poor guy probably wishes he’d taken the hedge fund job Daddy lined […]

Backtrack for the future

The last year has seen a pretty unprecedented overhaul by the Coalition of the previous Government’s legacy. From public sector targets to ASBOs, it’s a question of all change in public policy. But will the Government have to backtrack on one of its most controversial decisions – that of halting planned investment in new schools […]

Debtor the devil you know

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. If the top brass at Halliwells LLP (Late Lamented Partnership) could look back at the last few years and have their time again, they may well have considered saving the odd penny here and there. Despite famously “giving his life” to the firm, former managing partner Ian Austin or his […]

Maples acts on Rockspring development schemes

Maples Teesdale has helped Rockspring Property Investment Managers on two significant investments in speculative development schemes. The property fund has acquired Centurion House in the City from CBRE Investors for £22m. The building is ­currently multi-let to seven tenants, but vacant possession of the 61,000sq ft space is expected to be secured in July before […]

Work Life Quiz: Ann Buxton, Hardwicke

What was your first-ever job? Wrapping chocolates in Fortnum & Mason’s basement. It’s supposed to put you off chocolate for life but it failed. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Calculating the RSPCA’s pension fund value by hand (computers hadn’t quite caught on at Lazards in 1972). I never got the same answer […]

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