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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.


Allen & Overy advises Co-operative Group and Co-operative Bank on plan to generate capital

Allen & Overy is advising the Co-operative Group and the Co-operative Bank on the comprehensive plan announced on 17 June 2013 to generate capital for the bank and provide stability. The group has agreed to support the capital requirements, which will involve: An exchange offer to investors in the bank’s subordinated capital securities; at least […]


Bird & Bird confirms hire of FFW’s Abell

Bird & Bird has confirmed the arrival of Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) franchising partner Mark Abell in the newly-created position of head of franchising, licensing and multi-channel strategies, after months of wrangling over the appointment. Abell resigned from FFW in February and was suspended from the firm’s partnership (1 February 2013) in a move which […]

QualitySolicitors shifts direction with new CEO

High street franchise QualitySolicitors (QS) has brought in a new CEO so to allow founder Craig Holt to focus on developing the brand. New CEO Ian Wheeler has had his Linkedin profile set as chief executive at “to be announced” since January this year. Before that, he was an executive director at SR Consulting having […]


Opinion: Reform is good, but take it easy

Judges seem to be taking the Jackson reforms seriously and getting tough on the causes of inefficiency For the civil justice reforms to achieve their aim of producing a more streamlined, fair and cost-effective system it goes without saying that the judiciary must be on board.  It is fine having new rules that emphasise the […]

Marco D'Angelo

The Lawyer Management: Bonelli Erede Pappalardo

Marco D’Angelo, marketing and business development director       What are the key elements of your role? I’ve been brought in to focus on strengthening the firm’s brand both in the domestic market and internationally, with a focus on the UK. I’m responsible for planning and implementing the major marketing, communication and business development activities. How […]

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