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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.


The Dream Society by Rolf Jensen, published by McGraw-Hill ISBN 0070329672

This book suffers from two problems. First, it is written by a self-proclaimed “Futurist”, and second, it talks about a “dream society”. This US book manages to combine connotations of cults with visions of new age mystics. A tad harsh maybe, but that is the culture we live in and it is that culture that […]

Nine out of ten law firms have no cover

With less than two weeks to go before the demise of the Solicitor’s Indemnity Fund, market sources say that as few as 10 per cent of firms are signed up for insurance on the open market. Most of the concern is centred on SME-focused firms with 10 to 25 partners, a sector in which there […]


Those of you who still engage in that great sport of driving into London are set for a new way of whiling away those spare half hours in Clerkenwell and on the A11. A US outdoor advertising contractor claims that its set of four 85ft back-illuminated poster sites (the other two for ad-spotters are at […]

Holmans in Greece loses head

Holman Fenwick & Willan’s Greek office is losing its managing partner to Watson Farley & Williams. John Krzywkowski, who was set to move back to Holman Fenwick’s London office next year, has decided to remain in Piraeus. He is taking shipping partner Jeremy Watson with him. Krzywkowski has already been replaced by Charles Lowe, who […]

Martineau Johnson opens office in City

Martineau Johnson, which has existed as a single office firm in Birmingham since 1828, is to break with tradition and open in the City. The new core office, opening on 4 September, will be headed by Edge Ellison partner Heather Leeson, a specialist in banking litigation and recovery work. She will be bringing with her […]

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