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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.


Police don’t fit the bill

The police lack the powers enabling them to launch effective corporate killing investigations  The fourth anniversary of the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act (CMCHA) coming into force was marked on 6 April. Although it was always understood that there would be a delay in cases reaching the courts, it has been somewhat perplexing […]


Interpreting error leads to £25,000 retrial costs

A trial at a London court collapsed last Friday after it was revealed that an interpreter employed by Applied Language Solutions had made an interpreting error.  During the trial for burglary, which started at Snaresbrook Crown Court last Tuesday (10 April), a Romanian-speaking defendant was interpreted as saying that they had been “bitten” by the […]

Guy Vincent

Bircham managing partner to step down in May

Bircham Dyson Bell’s managing partner has told the firm’s management board that he will not stand for re-election next month. Guy Vincent has been in the role for seven years, but will pass the mantle on to fellow management board member and head of business services Jesper Christensen – in accordance with the firm’s constitution […]


Norton Rose unveils bumper crop of partner promotions

Women make up nearly half of 36 new partners; first promotions in Africa, Canada, Latin America Norton Rose has announced the promotion of 36 lawyers to its partnership ranks, promoting eight in London and 17 in Canada, Africa and Latin America – the firm’s first ever promotional round in these markets. A third of the […]

By hook or by crook

Gareth Pierce denounces ECHR decision to let US justice system try terror suspects The extradition saga of radical cleric Abu Hamza put the controversial UK-US extradition treaty under further scrutiny last week, leading to criticism that terrorism-focused legislation was being misapplied in the cases of Sheffield student Richard O’Dwyer, retired businessman Christopher Tappin and computer […]

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